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People Are Losing Their Minds Because A Woman Kinda Touched Prince Charles On The Butt

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This is Australian charity boss Janine Kirk gently guiding Prince Charles through a packed room in Sydney on Thursday. BUT HOLD ON A MINUTE IS SHE TOUCHING HIS BUTT.

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Kirk has blamed a "funny camera angle" for the photo.

"I didn't touch him. I was guiding him around the event. It is just a funny camera angle," Kirk said. "As if I would touch his bottom. It is just ridiculous."

While a spokesman for Clarence House played down the controversy.

"The Prince was focused on the event, which was about what Prince's Charities Australia and other organisations are doing to help frontline disaster responders and survivors suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Nothing should distract from that."

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But as the British Monarchy's official website points out, there really are no rules about touching royals. Most people just stick to tradition by keeping their hands off.

"For men this is a neck bow (from the head only) whilst women do a small curtsy. Other people prefer simply to shake hands in the usual way," the rules state.

"On presentation to The Queen, the correct formal address is 'Your Majesty' and subsequently 'Ma'am'."

"For male members of the Royal Family the same rules apply, with the title used in the first instance being 'Your Royal Highness' and subsequently 'Sir'."

"For other female members of the Royal Family the first address is conventionally 'Your Royal Highness' followed by 'Ma'am' in later conversation."

Rob Stott is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

Contact Rob Stott at rob.stott@buzzfeed.com.

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