The Duke of Sussex has shown that he is enjoying his newfound freedom in the US after he was seen with fans backstage of the Vax live concert.
Prince Harry’s rock star-like entrance at the stage electrified the place and was given a standing ovation for his speech at the star-studded Vax Live concert.
On Monday, the concert brought well-known celebrities altogether to push for world leaders to step up their coronavirus vaccine efforts.
According to podcast hosts Roberta Fiorita and Rachel Bowie, Prince Harry was seen backstage taking photos —which is a clear sign of him stepping away from the royals.
“I love this tidbit, Harry was seen taking pics with fans before he went on,” Rachel said in their Royally Obsessed podcast. “So sweet!”
Roberta then added that Selena Gomez could have been one of the fans that were seen as she was “really excited” that the Duke is part of the event.
Rachel then followed up by asking if the ‘photo-op’ were taking selfies because it is a ‘huge thing for him.’
“Before they couldn’t take a selfie, but now, they’re free,” Rachel said.
According to reports, members of the public are not allowed to take selfies with any member of the Royal Family.
Back in 2016, the Government of Canada shared a ‘Meeting The Royal Family’ etiquette guide when Prince William and Kate Middleton paid a visit to the country.
“Turning your back to the Duke and Duchess and taking a selfie is discouraged if at all possible,” Jennifer Gehmair, of the Yukon government’s tourism department, said at the time.
Gehmair also added that you should never turn your back on the royals, adding: “I know it’s fun to do, but they much would rather see your face.”
A similar incident also happened in 2017 when Meghan Markle told one fan while she’s out in Nottingham that she wasn’t allowed to take a selfie.
“She said thank you very much for braving the cold,” Barbara Miller, the fan who encountered Meghan in Nottingham said. “I said ‘can we have a selfie?’ and said ‘we’re not allowed to do selfies’.”
In 2014, the-then US ambassador Matthew Barzun had a meeting with the Queen.
Barzun then told Tatler magazine why her majesty does not like selfies.
“She was essentially saying, ‘I miss eye contact’,” Barzun said.
Despite the no-selfie protocol, there are still plenty of selfies resurfacing online with fans and the royals – suggesting it’s not a strict rule.