Kate Middleton compared to Michelle Obama by commentator
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The 57-year-old and the Queen enjoyed a whirlwind friendship while Michelle’s husband Barack Obama was US President. During their eight years Washington, the couple travelled across the globe, but their appearance at a G20 summit sparked controversy after Michelle appeared to ignore tradition and made a move to touch Her Majesty. Michelle and Barack have often reflected warmly on their meetings with Her Majesty, and their friendship reportedly remains, with the Queen keen for the Obamas to visit Buckingham Palace again.
But while attending the G20 summit, Michelle reportedly broke away with tradition by touching the Queen – something people are not supposed to do.
After this moment, the pair shared another sweet moment, this time with the Queen reassuring Michelle that no protocol breach would occur.
The Queen invited Barack and Michelle to go on a car journey with them as they attended Buckingham Palace back in 2009, with the FLOTUS herself given the special honour of sitting next to Her Majesty.
Speaking on 2020’s Amazon Prime documentary Michelle Obama: Life After the White House, journalist Ashley Pearson explained how fearful Michelle had been to bending the rules again.
Ms Pearson said: “There was a stage later on where Queen Elizabeth invited Michelle to sit in the back of her Range Rover with her.
“And when Michelle hesitated, the Queen said to Michelle, ‘Have they warned you that you can’t do this?’
“And when she said, ‘Yes’, the Queen said, ‘Rubbish – you can sit wherever you want.’
“So it seems like that despite everybody in the world freaking out that Michelle put her arm around the Queen, the Queen was charmed – very much so – by Michelle Obama.”
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Michelle’s move to touch the Queen’s arm originally didn’t break any legal rules, but it is widely accepted that people should not touch a member of the Royal Family, unless they start contact.
The moment the Queen returned the compliment to touch Michelle was described by Hollywood icon Whoopi Goldberg as “marvellous”.
She explained that she “loved it”, adding: “I figure protocol does not change, but every now and then I think something happens where the Queen goes, ‘I’m going to mark this occasion… and nobody will ever forget this.'”
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In another encounter, the Obamas spent the evening with Kate Middleton and Prince William, as well as their young son Prince George.
George, just two years old at the time, surprised the Obamas after he met them while dressed in adorable pyjamas, in images broadcast across the globe.
But after Michelle’s previous faux pas, Barack joked that it was in fact George who had broken protocol this time during their 2016 visit.
Teasing George, Barack said it was clear people at Buckingham Palace were preparing for his departure from office, due to the young royal’s informal attire.
Barack told reporters after the UK visit: “It’s not just Congress. Even some foreign leaders they have been looking ahead, anticipating my departure.
“Last week Prince George showed up to our meeting in his bathrobe. That was a slap in the face.
“A clear breach of protocol.”
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