Kacey Musgraves criticised for giving Prince Harry a high-five

She faced backlash but has no regrets about breaking royal protocol.
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Kacey Musgraves faced backlash after she broke royal protocol to shake Prince Harry‘s hand at the Royal Variety Performance at Royal Albert Hall in 2015.

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Apparently afterwards, the guy that works at the label was like, ‘No, no, no.’ He was like, ‘I can’t believe you gave him a high-five. That’s just unbelievable,'” the 21-year-old told Access Hollywood. “He’s like, ‘No, there’s a way to address the royal family, and a high-five, going up top is not the way.'”

However, Kacey was unphased by the criticism. “I was like, ‘I didn’t know. He went in for it, so whatever,'” she quipped. The Grammy winner later found out she was the first person ever to publicly high-five a member of the royal family.

“Surely someone else out there is going for a high-five!” she told BBC in 2018.

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Kacey Musgraves high-fived Prince Harry at the Royal Variety Performance at Royal Albert Hall in 2015. (Credit: Getty)

The Duke of Sussex is no stranger to breaking protocol. Recently, it was announced that he, along with his wife Meghan Markle and his son, Archie, would not be joining the Queen for Christmas at Sandringham. 

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month,” Buckingham Palace announced in a statement to royal correspondent Omid Scobie

“Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, [the couple] will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the Duchess’ mother Doria.”

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The Royal Family’s traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, 2017. (Credit: Getty)

Royal experts believe their decision shows there is a “deep rift.”

“It’s very hard to see this as anything other than a snub to the Queen and the rest of the royal family,” Phil Dampier, told MailOnline. “If Harry and Meghan wanted to heal the divisions they should have turned up at Sandringham. It’s a great shame but there seems to be a problem which is getting worse, not better.”

“I don’t buy it’s the turn of Meghan to spend Christmas with her family. She’s only close to her mother and they will see plenty of her during their six-week break. I’m sure that the Queen would be happy to invite Doria to Sandringham to join them,” he continued.

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While Queen Elizabeth II has publicly given her support, royal sources told The Daily Mail that she was unaware of their Christmas plans until Prince Harry called her at Buckingham Palace last week to decline her open invitation. 

A source told People “no one” in the Royal Family is “checking in, texting or speaking to” them.

As Meghan and Harry spend their first Christmas with baby Archie away from the royal family, many are left wondering they have a relationship with the Royal Family at all.

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