Coronavirus precautions are tough to remember whether you're royalty or a commoner. Prince Charles, official royal and a shining beacon of coronavirus prevention, forgot the no-handshakes policy during his latest outing, according to Entertainment Tonight. Videos from the Prince's Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards at the London Palladium show him reaching for Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London Sir Kenneth Olisa's hand to offer a shake, but he remembers the new rules just in time and offers a greeting and a "namaste" instead.
"It's just so hard to remember not to," Charles said as he greeted Olisa.
ET adds that the prince continued to try and shake hands as he made his way through the receiving line, proving that some habits are very hard to break, especially when royal duties call for lots of hand-shaking.
Prince Charles says he is struggling not to shake hands because of #Coronavirus Arriving at Princes Trust awards this afternoon, he twice extended his hand before withdrawing it at the last minute. ‘It’s just so hard to remember not to,’ he laughed and offered a Namaste instead. Shaking hands is just second nature to them. Will take some getting used to 🙏🏻
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Charles was better about the hands-off policy at Monday's Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, where he joined the royal family. He offered prayer-style namaste hands at that event, as well, though Prince Harry opted for a forearm bump when he greeted singer Craig David.
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