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Radio 1 DJ says he had a royal talking to from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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Radio 1 DJ Greg James has revealed that he received a royal telling off from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. This came after James mocked Princess Charlotte for shaking hands with her teacher on Charlotte’s first day of school.

The DJ says William and Kate were listening to his Breakfast Show after Charlotte, four-years-old, was greeted by Helen Haslem, the head of the lower school at Thomas’s school in Battersea South London back on 5 September.

On air, James spoke about the incident:

“They were listening on the morning Charlotte went to school. I saw the photo during the show and said, “Who the hell shakes hands with their teacher on the first day?”‘

In later weeks, James was invited to Kensington Palace with Radio 1’s Teen Heroes.

“They said: “We were listening on the morning of little Charlotte’s first day, and we want to talk to you about the handshaking thing…”‘

“I went: “Oh God, no!” They’d heard me saying this school was so posh they had to shake hands with their teacher every day.” James went on to add, “They were not like that in my day. You were pleased if you got a smile. I’m sure it’s all absolutely fine,” he joked.

On her first day, Charlotte was seen walking hand in hand with her mum as she arrived with her big brother, Prince George and, William to the school. Both the Prince and Princess shook hands with their teacher. The private institution is thought to be around  £18,915 a year.

At the school, George and Charlotte are taught that kindness is as important as academic success. Charlotte is said to be known as Charlotte Cambridge to staff and her schoolmates.

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My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.