Earlier this week, we reported that President Joe Biden and his wife Jill violated royal protocol during their visit with Queen Elizabeth by arriving at an event after she did. Now, it has been revealed that Biden broke royal protocol in other ways as well.
The New York Post reported that Biden broke protocol by not taking off his sunglasses when he greeted the Queen at Windsor Castle. He then broke protocol for a third time by talking to reporters about what he and the Queen discussed over tea.
“We had a great talk. She wanted to know what the two leaders that I … the one I’m about to meet with, Mr. Putin, and she wanted to know about Xi Jinping, and we had a long talk, and she was very generous,” Biden said.
Unfortunately for Biden, revealing private details about one discusses with the Queen is a clear violation of royal protocol.
“The Queen is supposed to have told Michelle Obama that royal protocol was rubbish. It has nonetheless been a rule that an audience with the Queen is strictly private and to reveal its contents is a breach of trust,” royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams explained to Daily Mail.
“President Biden, by revealing that the Queen had asked about the Russian and Chinese leaders, did breach this rule,” he added. “It is very possible that, as the G7 sees itself as a bulwark of democracy against regimes such as Russia and China, that this comment may have been prearranged in line with this theme.”
Grant Harrold, a former butler to Prince Charles and Camilla, publicly bashed Biden for not taking off his sunglasses when meeting with the Queen.
“If you’re meeting the Queen face-to-face, there’s no sunglasses or anything like that at all because eye contact is quite important with any introduction,” Harrold told Newsweek. “It’s fine for Biden to have had sunglasses on but he should have removed them when he actually met the Queen. Everyone else has to, it doesn’t matter who you are, even royals remove sunglasses when they meet royals.”
”It’s one of those rules I always write about in my etiquette texts. It is a breach of protocol,” he added. “I get the sun might have been shining in his eyes but the Queen didn’t have sunglasses on. Jill, the first lady, didn’t have sunglasses on.”