Kate Middleton and Prince William fury as Duke and Duchess spark fierce mask debate

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Kate Middleton and Prince William met with the President of Ukraine and his wife in London today. All four VIPs had tea in the famous palace. However, they weren’t wearing masks.

The image was captioned: “Today The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge held an audience with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine and First Lady Olena Zelenska, at Buckingham Palace.”

The Duchess could be seen wearing a belted blue dress as she laughed sat next to her husband Prince William.

They sat in a red room in Buckingham Palace on grand sofa with a table of flowers between them.

However, a fierce row kicked off as some Twitter users demanded to know why the royals weren’t wearing masks.

Some clearly felt the Duke and Duchess should have face coverings, while others furiously defended the heir to the throne and his wife.

The two camps argued over US and UK mask guidelines, with some claiming the royals should wear masks regardless of what the current guidelines are in Briton.

A good many agreed the couple should be in face coverings.

One wrote: “Masks would be good.”

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Another asked: “Why aren’t they wearing masks?”

“Should be wearing masks…shame on them!” one said.

“I love them, but where are their masks?!?!: one fan wrote.

Another said: “Please keep your physical distance! Protocol and hospitality should not be a priority during this pandemic.”

Another said: “I thought the same thing and am not in USA – it’s important to wear masks even with social distancing & if they’re not wearing masks but are doing rapid testing then they have to make a point of it on their post / photo.

“It helps to give full context, which is responsible.”

“Those of us who complain about masks, even with the two meter separation, follow science. Science indicates that aerosols linger in the air,” another argued.

However, royal fans were quick to leap to the defence of Kate and William.

One said: “They’re not wearing any masks because they’re following U.K. guidelines

“Don’t understand why it’s so hard to understand that the country you live in doesn’t determine how other countries work.”

nyone saying anything about mask should check their own countries rules and butt out of this one. Obviously they’re not going to do anything that’s not allowed.”

Another said: “So glad they not wearing masks.”

One more explained: “Duchess Kate wears mask on her visits but has to take it off for photos as people like her smile.”

What are the UK Government’s rules on masks?

Government guildines in England requite face masks to be worn in the following indoor settings:

  • public transport (aeroplanes, trains, trams and buses)
  • taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs)
  • transport hubs (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals)
  • shops and supermarkets (places which offer goods or services for retail sale or hire)
  • shopping centres (malls and indoor markets)
  • auction houses
  • premises providing hospitality (bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes), except when seated at a table to eat or drink (see exemptions)
  • post offices, banks, building societies, high-street solicitors and accountants, credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses
  • estate and lettings agents
  • theatres
  • premises providing personal care and beauty treatments (hair salons, barbers, nail salons, massage centres, tattoo and piercing parlours)
  • premises providing veterinary services
  • visitor attractions and entertainment venues (museums, galleries, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, cultural and heritage sites, aquariums, indoor zoos and visitor farms, bingo halls, amusement arcades, adventure activity centres, indoor sports stadiums, funfairs, theme parks, casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor play areas including soft-play areas)
  • libraries and public reading rooms
  • places of worship
  • funeral service providers (funeral homes, crematoria and burial ground chapels)
  • community centres, youth centres and social clubs
  • exhibition halls and conference centres
  • public areas in hotels and hostels
  • storage and distribution facilities

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