Shawn Mendes Had Very Awkward Encounters with the Queen, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry

Meeting your favorite celebrity is enough to make anyone lose their cool. Often when people meet stars, they recount the experience as either being amazing or positively embarassing.

In singer Shawn Mendes’ case, it was, unfortunately, the latter. Mendes once ran into Queen Elizabeth II and had one of the most awkward encounters possible. He also was in the same room with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and instead of redeeming himself, he just made everyone uncomfortable.

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To find out what happened between the singer and the royals, keep reading.

Mendes meets Queen Elizabeth

You would think that famous people would be used to meeting other stars. Mendes commonly collaborates with other singers and artists, so it’s not like he’s never been in the room with another famous person before. But even still, meeting the Queen was on another level for the young star.

Mendes recently went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and recounted the whole experience.

“I’m half British, so my granddad and my nan were there, so it was a massive deal for them,” he told DeGeneres when asked what it was like to perform for the Queen.

“I’m in this backstage area and I’m standing there waiting to go on stage and the Queen just walks up next to me.

“And, you can’t say anything, you’re not allowed to speak to her unless she speaks to you first.”

But the Queen never said a word.

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“So it was like 10 minutes of just awkward silence between me and the Queen. She didn’t look at me at all, I looked over a couple of times and I was like, I probably shouldn’t be looking.”

“It was super weird, she didn’t say anything.”

Shawn Mendes meets Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Markle were at the same event and Mendes happened to run into them that night as well.

And though the same rules of waiting to speak until spoken to don’t apply to the Duke and Duchess, Mendes still couldn’t manage to say anything to the royals.

“I was walking down the hall and I saw them in a room, and they’re just talking,” he said.

“And I walked in with this confidence and the second they sort of felt me come in I just turned around and my body went numb and I was like, I can’t do it.

“I’ve never been so star struck like that, I walked in and didn’t stop, just walked out in one flow of motion.”

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Etiquette rules for meeting the Queen and members of the royal family

There are certain rules that people must follow when meeting a member of the royal family. To avoid ending up like Mendes, it’s probably best to familiarize yourself with these rules before going anywhere where you may run into a royal.

Men should bow their heads when meeting a royal and it is common for women to do a small curtsey.

When addressing the Queen, call her Your Majesty and then refer to her after the initial greeting as “Ma’am.”

If you are meeting a male member of the royal family, you can refer to him as Your Royal Highness and then as “Sir.” Female members, other than the Queen, are addressed as Your Royal Highness and “Ma’am.”