The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge told off Greg James for Princess Charlotte joke

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
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From Good Housekeeping

Radio presenter Greg James has revealed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a "talk" with him about a joke he made about Princess Charlotte live on air.

Back in September, four-year-old Charlotte was photographed on her first day at school, when she started in Reception class at the same school as big brother Prince George, Thomas' in Battersea. The pictures show the young princess arriving with mum Kate and dad Prince William, greeting her new headteacher with a handshake.

When the photos came out, BBC Radio 1’s Greg James had a laugh on air about how fancy the school must be for pupils to shake hands with the teachers. "Who the hell shakes hands with their teacher on the first day?" Greg joked on air. "They were not like that in my day. You were pleased if you got a smile," he said.

But guess who was listening at the time? Only William and Kate, who tuned in on their way back from the school run. Oops.

Speaking to the Mirror, Greg revealed how the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge brought up the joke when he was invited to meet them at Kensington Palace a few weeks later with Radio 1's Teen Heroes.


"They were listening on the morning Charlotte went to school," said Greg. "They said: 'We were listening on the morning of little Charlotte’s first day, and we want to talk to you about the handshaking thing...'" he shared.

"I went: 'Oh God, no!' They'd heard me saying this school was so posh they had to shake hands with their teacher every day."

Oh dear, oh dear. No MBE for you just yet, Greg James.

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But the radio presenter doesn't think the hiccup will do too much to his reputation where the royals are concerned. "I’m sure it’s all absolutely fine," he told the paper.

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