If there’s one thing you probably shouldn’t do in front of the royal family when the cameras are rolling, it’s say the F word.
But that’s exactly what one young lad did during Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s visit to Bristol yesterday.
The boy’s slip of the tongue came while he was explaining his experiences at the historic Old Vic theatre the couple were touring.
“You can’t just be f***ing around on stage,” he says, apparently not aware it might not be the best time to swear.
Meghan and Harry appear to be taken aback for a second before taking the unexpected moment in their stride.
While the pregnant Duchess laughs it off, Harry starts fooling around himself to make it clear he isn’t taking it terribly seriously.
He ducks down on his knees and looks at the boy while pulling a face. Harry and Meghan visited the theatre, which was built in 1766, after arriving in the snowy city on Friday morning.
The four letter encounter is the latest in a series of examples of the younger royals taking a more relaxed approach to such visits.
During the same Bristol visit, Harry comforted a teenage boy who became emotional talking about the death of his father.
The Duke of Sussex, who lost his mother Princess Diana when he was 12, spent 10 minutes talking privately to 15-year-old Iestyn Jones about processing his grief. He told the teen: “The same thing happened to me.”
Realising that the young lad needed some space, he asked aides and workers at a boxing club in Bristol to leave the room while he comforted young Iestyn.
And Meghan made headlines when she wrote messages of support for sex workers on bananas.
Meghan announced her impromptu idea to scrawl the messages moments she met a former prostitute at a charity helping sex workers come off the streets.
The couple heard how the Bristol charity One25 helps sex workers with an van that takes them food, condoms, advice and even blankets and hot water bottles.
The handwritten notes on the fruit in black marker read, “You are strong”, “You are brave”, “You are loved”.