They are often some of the
most dignified people in public, always keeping their cool and remaining
professional in front of the cameras.
However, there are moments
when the royal family can’t help but show they’re only human, and now
and again are seen losing their temper.
We’re taking a look back at
some of the royal family’s more irritable moments, and see how they managed to
control the situation while dozens of flashbulbs went off.
Queen and Prince William
Prince William had a right to tell off from his grandmother the Queen during her birthday
celebrations, Trooping the Colour, in 2016. As the family made an appearance on
the balcony of Buckingham Palace, William bent down to have a chat with little
Prince George, but Her Majesty was not impressed.
Clearly aware of the fact that
thousands of eyes were on them, she appeared to tell her grandson to stand up.
And William didn’t waste any time in following Granny’s orders!
William and the BBC
The Duke of Cambridge released
a powerful statement in May 2021 as Lord Dyson’s report found
that BBC journalist, Martin Bashir, used “deceitful
behaviour” to secure his headline-making Panorama interview with
Princess Diana in 1995.
In a filmed statement,
Prince William said he felt “indescribable sadness” to know
that the corporation’s failures “contributed significantly” to
his late mother’s fear, paranoia and isolation.
He added: “In an era
of fake news, public service broadcasting and a free press have never been more
important. These failings, identified by investigative journalists, not only
let my mother down, and my family down; they let the public down too.”
Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George
Kate was on doting mummy
duty at her sister Pippa Middleton’s wedding in 2017, but there was one
incident when she had to have a few cross words with her son Prince George.
The cheeky youngster was
spotted playing behind his aunt’s wedding dress and shaking out his flower
basket before Kate, who also had her hands full with Princess Charlotte,
gave him a quick talking to. George briefly shed some tears after he was
scolded but quickly perked up! Kids hey!
Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte
It all became a bit too much
for Princess Charlotte as the Cambridges prepared to board a helicopter in
Hamburg. Kate was seen giving her daughter a gentle scold as the then
two-year-old burst into tears.
Phillips and Savannah Phillips
Savannah Phillips was scolded
by her mum Autumn during the royals’ day out at the polo in June 2018. The
little girl, then seven, jokingly pushed her cousin, Prince George, down a
hill, leaving him in shock and a bit tearful.
Prince Harry lost his cool
during the couple’s tour of Morocco in February 2019. The royal was seen
telling a cameraman to back off as he accidentally knocked a child with his
Harry and Meghan were tasting
traditional local cuisine including a pigeon pie dish, with the Prince cheering
up the little girl by giving her the chef’s hat.
During a photo call in 2015,
Prince Philip lost his patience as he swore at a group of cameramen and told
them: “Just take the [expletive] picture!” The Queen’s late husband
repeatedly said “Just take it,” prompting his family, including
Prince William, to stifle their laughter.
The royals were attending a
photocall at the RAF Club to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the start of
the Battle of Britain.
In his typical no-nonsense
matter, Prince Philip gestured to a driver to tell him to hurry up as the Duke
and his wife were driven around in the open-top Queenmobile.
Philip got fed up of the
slow-moving car, while his wife, who was celebrating her 90th birthday, enjoyed
waving to the crowds.
Queen and Princess Anne
Social media went crazy
when a video of the Queen and Princess Anne went viral
after the Nato reception at Buckingham Palace in December 2019. In the clip, it
looked like the monarch was chastising her daughter in front of US
President Donald Trump, but in fact, Anne was standing back because she was not
part of the welcome party.
When the Queen looked to see
who was next in line to be greeted, Anne raised her hands in the air, laughed, and said: “It’s just me, and this lot” pointing to members of the
household behind her. Twitter went alight after some mistook Anne’s gesture for
her not wanting to greet President Trump.
Queen and Prince William
The Duke of Cambridge has
previously opened up about another time Her Majesty told him off, recalling the
incident as a child.
Speaking during the documentary The Queen at 90, William explained: “[Peter Phillips and
I] were chasing Zara around who was on a go-cart, and [we] managed to herd Zara
into a lamppost and the lamppost came down and nearly squashed her.
And I remember my grandmother
being the first person out at Balmoral to come running across the lawn in her
kilt. She came charging over and gave us the most almighty telling off,
and that sort of stuck in my mind from that moment on.”