When celebrities meet the royal family, it’s easy to remember that the world’s biggest movie stars aren’t immune to being starstruck or committing faux pas. Marie Claire outlined the strict protocols that they must follow when rubbing shoulders with the royals, which includes no physical contact unless initiated by them first.
Tom Cruise’s moment with Kate Middleton on the red carpet of the “Top Gun: Maverick” premiere had people talking for many reasons — their stark height difference seeming nonexistent being one of them. Aside from the apparent camera tricks (and Cruise’s heeled shoes), another incident between Cruise and Kate left fans torn.
Per Page Six, the “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” actor lent the Duchess of Cambridge a hand as they climbed the steps at Leicester Square, with Prince William looking on. Cruise’s good deed drew both praise and criticism online.
In one tweet, a user called the actor a “creep” for the gesture, and while the Daily Mail pointed out that he was being helpful, Cruise did broke royal protocols. But some people saw the moment as completely harmless. Back on Twitter, another user argued that the Duke of Cambridge didn’t offer his wife help before criticizing the royal protocols in general, writing, “Prince William made no effort to help Kate up the stairs. The ‘royals’ are humans, not better than anyone, and need to stop with the ancient protocols. No human should bow down to another human in 2022.”