Over the years, Kate Middleton developed a reputation for being classy and graceful, which is why it's no surprise The Princess of Wales has a unique trick to move closer to guests without stumbling or looking awkward. The quick but soft foot movement has now been coined "the princess shuffle."
In the video clip, Kate can be seen getting closer to Queen Margrethe of Denmark and the monarch's daughter-in-law, Crown Princess Mary, when she was in town last year. When asked to cozy up to the other royals, she discreetly slide over.
Social media users couldn't get enough of the viral moment. "The princess shuffle! I love everything about this," one person commented. Another added, "Shuffffffffle!! Discreet and elegant love you Kate."
Despite many followers loving the footwork, others were confused by it. "Why not just step closer," someone asked.
Kate spent 10 years preparing for her role as a duchess and later the Princess of Wales during her decade-long courtship with Prince William. Since the pair married, the former Duchess of Cambridge prioritized representing the monarchy even when it's painful. The Royal Observer previously reported Kate struggled with her September walkabout because she was forced to be reunited with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
"Catherine later admitted to a senior royal that, such was the ill feeling between the two couples, the joint walkabout was one of the hardest things she's ever had to do," Robert Jobson wrote in Our King: Charles III: The Man and the Monarch Revealed.
Since their September appearance, the Sussexes have continued to throw jabs at Kate. During a December episode of Meghan & Harry, the Suits star decided to depict a different image of the St Andrews alum. Over the years, Kate has been celebrated for her relatability and love of affordable brands, but Meghan used her docuseries to depict Kate as rigid.
"I was a hugger and have always been a hugger. I didn’t realize that that was really jarring for a lot of Brits," Meghan said in reference to her first impressions of Kate. "I guess I started to understand very quickly that the formality on the outside, carried through on the inside."