Did Prince William Just Break Royal Protocol On Twitter?

Social media has provided the British royal family – especially Prince William and Prince Harry – a whole new way to communicate with citizens of the Commonwealth, while also giving them the opportunity to control a bit of the family’s PR. The royals post “normal” things like private family pics, but they also share public appearances, charity work, and official portraits. Along with various photos, all of their posts usually feature an informative caption about the daily goings-on that was written by a staff member. But, recently, Prince William seemingly changed the game and broke royal protocol.

Kate Middleton and Prince William
Kate Middleton and Prince William | Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

The younger royals have their own social media accounts

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle became the first internet rebels of the royal family when they broke away from the Kensington Palace Instagram account @KensingtonRoyal earlier this year and started their own account with the handle @SussexRoyal.

That left Prince William and Kate Middleton with full control of the Kensington Instagram and Twitter pages, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge even changed the profile picture to a family photo that featured the couple with Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

As soon as the social media separation occurred, there was immediate speculation that Markle was writing the posts and captions for @SussexRoyal, but the captions and posts from the Kensington Palace account seemed to still be the work of staff members. The only personal touches were occasional family pics that Duchess Kate – an amateur photographer – had taken. But that recently changed.

The future King of England’s first Twitter reply

While social media is focused on Harry and Meghan, and overflowing with posts about the new royal baby, Prince William apparently replied to a tweet for the first time ever.

Just one day after Markle gave birth to baby Archie, the Kensington Palace Twitter account replied to a video announcing the date and time of the England Lionesses U17 youth female football match versus Austria. According to Hello! Magazine, the Lionesses teams have a big fan at Kensington Palace, and it isn’t a staff member. It’s Prince William, the president of the Football Association.

Royal fans immediately started asking questions

“Does anyone know if William and Kate actually tweet or is it like a social media person?” one fan asked, while another wrote, “This is definitely William!”

Not long after the reply, there was another post that confirmed Prince William was tweeting. After the Champions League semi-final second leg game, he congratulated Liverpool on their win over Barcelona in a nail-biter.

The royal kept the football tweets coming when he posted a video congratulating the Lionesses, and the caption quoted part of the video.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce that our @Lionesses’ defensive rock and captain @StephHoughton2 will be on the plane to France for the Women’s World Cup. Steph – congratulations. I know you and the team will do the nation proud,” said William.

He also wished the team good luck and added the hashtags #BeReady #Lionesses.

Sharing his love of football

Prince William is not just a fan of football; he also loves to play. Lioness Casey Stoney said in 2017 that the royal was trying to pass his passion on to his children. Stoney said that she asked the father of three if his kids played the sport, and he told her that he was trying to teach George that football is a contact sport. His oldest son doesn’t like it when the game gets physical.

Sports are a family affair

Both William and Kate are quite athletic and love the outdoors, and in addition to soccer, they are also fans of sailing. The couple recently announced a new sailing race they will be hosting called the King’s Cup. It will have its inaugural regatta this August, and each boat competing will represent a charity they support.

The race will take place on the Isle of Wight, and Prince William and Kate Middleton will be competing against each other for the historic trophy which King George V first presented back in 1920 to the Cowes’ Royal Yacht Squadron.

The couple has a history of friendly competition, having battled it out in various events like a canoe race, a dragon boat race, and an archery competition.

For the King’s Cup, they will be skippers of rival boats, and they are hoping this will become an annual event that will not only fund their charities but will also make people aware of the benefits of sports and staying active.