Did Princess Eugenie break royal protocol with this social media photo?

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  • Princess Eugenie is already leading the way as a modern royal - as the only senior member of the family to have her own Instagram account.

    But following her newest post on the social media platform, some royal fans have been left wondering – did Eugenie break royal protocol?

    The 28-year-old shared perhaps her most exclusive insight into royal life yet, with a candid photo of father Prince Andrew, in one of the many lavish hallways of Buckingham Palace.

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    With the Duke grinning proudly for the photo, taken shortly after Saturday’s Trooping the Colour ceremony, fans were given a very rare insight into the famous royal abode.

    The pictures shows an incredibly ornate hallway, adorned with luxe red carpet, impressive paintings, and a range of particularly grand, golden furniture.

    Eugenie’s 205,000 followers couldn’t believe the sneak peek into the Palace, commenting on the photo to say how ‘beautiful’ it looked inside.

    One wrote, ‘Oh my goodness…is this inside Buckingham Palace?! Beautiful!’, while another said, ‘Great picture! And thank you for a shot of that gorgeous hallway in the Palace’.

    The photo of course provides a very rare insight into royal life, from a member of the family themselves. It’s thought that no other member has shared a personal photo from inside palace walls before – prompting some to wonder whether Eugenie had broken the rules with this post.

    However, we’re sure that the Princess is well aware of the limits of her social media account – with the Queen likely approving of the decision herself.

    Princess Eugenie is the only member of the royal family to have her own Instagram account. And its thought that she has only been allowed this privilege given that she is not a full-time, working member of ‘The Firm’.

    In fact, the soon-to-be-married royal works full time at art gallery Hauser and Wirth, as a director. While she undertakes regular royal duties, she is not expected to complete these as her main job.

    This likely points to the reason why Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, was required to take down her own social media profiles following the news of her engagement to Prince Harry.

    Meghan held many active online accounts, including an Instagram, where she would post regular snapshots into her life pre-Harry. But now that she is set to undertake official royal duties in support of the Queen, as her main job, she is now longer allowed to continue using her personal profiles.

    Instead, she, Prince Harry, and Catherine and William, share the Kensington Palace social media handles – where news about them and their royal work is communicated to fans.

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