Royalists are mad at Daniel Craig for remaining seated in Princess Kate’s presence

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I love that we’re still talking about Wimbledon gossip! It’s so much fun. So, here’s the backstory – when Prince William, Kate and their two oldest children arrived at Wimbledon on Sunday for the men’s singles final, they got there later than the peasants. Most people were already seated in the stands and the Royal Box. Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz were two of the celebrities who got Royal Box seats, and their seats were a few rows behind the Wales family, who were seated in the front row of the Royal Box. Kate came barreling down the steps and she stopped and said some friendly words to Daniel and Rachel. Neither Daniel nor Rachel stood up or bowed or curtsied when they saw Kate or William or their children. Very few people did, actually, but the fact that Rachel and Daniel stayed seated is apparently a big deal:

It’s a subtle question of etiquette: when meeting the Princess of Wales, just how should royalty behave – Hollywood royalty, that is? Daily Mail Diary Editor Richard Eden has made his views known:

James Bond actor Daniel Craig and wife Rachel Weisz should have got to their feet when Kate approached them in the Royal Box on Sunday – as a mark of respect if not plain good manners, he told his followers on Instagram.

Sharing a photo in which the Princess of Wales can be seen talking to the celebrity pairing, he wrote: ‘This photograph makes me uneasy. While there may not have been space for Rachel Weisz to curtsy or Daniel Craig to bow, shouldn’t they have at least stood up to greet the Princess of Wales? Craig could have even gone mad and removed his sunglasses.’

It should be noted that fellow actor James Norton, star of Happy Valley and War and Peace, felt able to stand up in order to greet the princess.

[From The Daily Mail]

There’s nothing I love more than bootlickers demanding that everyone adhere to their bootlicking strategy. I’m glad Daniel and Rachel stayed seated, because who cares? The royalists keep demanding that we center Kate and her family in every Wimbledon conversation, when really… people were just there to see tennis, not perform their devotion to a racist, out-of-touch institution.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    I mean, Daniel Craig didn’t stand up because he didn’t want to, for whatever reason. Maybe he’s a republican, maybe he thought it would be rude to the people behind him who might have been watching any prematch activities on the court, maybe his legs were tired, maybe he went to Wimbledon to watch tennis and not have to deal with Kate, maybe he was afraid if he stood up she would never leave, whatever.

    Point is, he didnt want to stand up when she walked over and nothing says he has to. Sorry not sorry richard eden, not everyone is a bootlicker like you.

    • Flower says:

      Daniel Craig is firmly in the Royalist camp. Rachel has never expressed any sentiment either way.

      • Becks1 says:

        Yeah I didn’t think he was a republican, but even as a royalist, he doesnt have to stand.

      • Duch says:

        @flower given her double clasp and interest, it appears Rachel may be as well. Photo assumption.

      • Debbie says:

        You know what, if he and his wife support that system, then they deserve to have such an article written about them. Ridiculous.

    • Geegee says:

      I remember hearing a while back how prince william is notorious for demanding difference from everyone but offering none in return

      • blue says:

        Uncle Andrew is also known to expect & require standing deference. At one private home during a weekend house party, Andy entered the dining room where several other guests were already seated & eating breakfast. Nobody stood up for the latecomer & P.A. announced loudly, “Let’s try that again, shall we,” and stepped back to re-enter. Besides pedo, just a major a-hole.

      • Jaded says:

        It’s “deference”.

    • Cara says:

      Referring to the sycophants as “bootlickers” is extremely kind. I would have said they were licking … other stuff.

    • Gubbinal says:

      Daniel Craig is accustomed to palling around with Queen Betty and her corgis. He knows who’s who!

    • Ellie says:

      I wouldn’t stand , bow or anything for any of them. Even the king. They are just people, nothing special to me. I just love the gossip. 🤣😜😁🇺🇸

  2. trillion says:

    Stand up why? What has she done to deserve such deference?

    • Sarah says:

      RIGHT????? What the heck???

      • Mary Pester says:

        @sarah, I’m glad they didn’t approach me (if I was there) because I would have said “excuse me, but I’m trying to watch the tennis,maybe catch up with you later” 🎾😂

    • Josephine says:

      and he barely even looked at her. i like this very much for her. she’s a useless human being who does nothing and deserves zero respect. abolish the monarchy and return the people’s money.

      • Ellie says:

        I wouldn’t stand , bow or anything for any of them. Even the king. They are just people, nothing special to me. I just love the gossip. 🤣😜😁🇺🇸

    • Nieve says:

      Seconded. at this stage shes nothing more than a millionaire’s trophy wife. But then thats insulting to trophy wives, most of which have the work ethic to at least start a jewellery line or get a reality show.

    • GreenTurtle says:

      They don’t have to stand up to show deference. I will say that if someone is shaking your hand and they’re standing, however, it’s good manners to also stand up. It’s also just awkward as hell, if you don’t. That said, this article is silly – a nothingburger.

    • GreenTurtle says:

      They don’t have to stand up to show deference. I will say that if someone is shaking your hand and they’re standing, however, it’s good manners to also stand up. It’s also just awkward as hell, if you don’t. That said, Rachel prob didn’t want to block the view of people behind her by standing up. It’s freaking Wimbledon.

  3. SarahCS says:

    They have talent, I suggest she show deference to them.

    • Kimster says:

      Exactly! She’s accomplished nothing, so why does she deserve any acknowledgment?

  4. Meh says:

    Nope. It’s preferable as is in the photos, with Kate bowing and deferring to gorgeous Weisz and Craig.

  5. atorontogal says:

    Why? She’s just another person. No more worthy than him. I simply don’t get the whole standing, bowing to them. They are NOT above any of us!

  6. TheWigletOfWails says:

    We know who Rachel and Daniel are, thanks to their work. If she wasn’t married to Peg, who would know who she is?

  7. Rapunzel says:

    Methinks this fuss is because these photos make it look like what it was… Kate foisting herself on two HW stars. If RW & DC were standing, then it could look more like they reached out to her instead of vice versa.

    • Jais says:

      Yep, Kate stopped to say hello to the Hollywood stars bc she’s essentially got starf*cker vibes. She knows it’ll get a photo-op. That’s what’s more embarrassing for the royalists. Kate’s thirsty. Why would Daniel and Rachel stand up?

  8. Flower says:

    That picture of Kate playing with her hair is her ‘real face’.

  9. Tiffany says:

    Daniel and Rachel’s respect was to Betty.

    And they didn’t approach her, she did them.

    Kate is so obsessed with celebrities that these embarrassing moments will continue to be pointed out.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ Tiffany, yet this happened how many days ago??? I suppose that it was beholden to Mr. Eden to educate DC and RW as to the “proper” actions that plebs must take into consideration when they are given the “opportunity” to address the Princess of Waling On and On.

      Apparently Mr. Eden was given his marching orders instructing proper “etiquette” for any and all plebs, even HW royalty. Oh, by the way Mr. Eden, respect is given when it is earned. I see no lies here!!

  10. OMG with this nonsense. Can’t is a married in useless piece nothing more. Glad they sat.

  11. Jk says:

    Seems like they didn’t see her until she was right in front of them because they were looking elsewhere. Still, glad they remained seated.

  12. tolly says:

    The men who stood and bowed are exactly who you’d expect: geezers who wore ties to match their club ribbons (and even a few of them snubbed her). Getting to sit with the royals is their biggest achievement in life.

    • May says:

      In fairness, there are still men, even young ones, that will rise in the presence of a woman – princess or not. So, not all men that stand up in the presence of a woman are bootlickers. Maybe just the ones in the Royal Box!

      What I want to know is did Kate and William scrape and bow to King Felipe?

      • tolly says:

        Sure, a woman approaching a table might expect the men sitting there to stand, but not every man in the restaurant. No woman expects every man in a stadium section to stand on her arrival, unless she’s a princess and they are (yes, sorry) bootlickers.

      • ElleE says:

        I thought the same thing – some men stand when a woman is treating them. Still don’t see why that’s newsworthy, but these are very famous people.

        I thought I read that these two were headed for the big D and I’m happy that the Craig family is still together.

  13. bb says:

    ow man. Rachel’s face looks so puffed up. Please Rach – you are gorgeous and will be when you 95 – but only if you keep away from the needles!! (Does Daniel look a puffy too?)

    • Lady D says:

      The first time I saw her was in The Mummy, and I thought she was one of the most beautiful women I had ever seen. I saw her again in Enemy at the Gate and even dressed in rags and soot she was still just as stunning.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Yeah, I feel bad for her, she didn’t need to do that. I think Daniel’s extra fulness is simply extra weight & age.

    • Kirsten says:

      I actually don’t think she’s done anything. If you see her on camera, it looks like her regular face. The same is true with Emily Blunt — in photos it looks like she’s getting filler, but on video it seems like she hasn’t changed anything.

  14. M says:

    They are both American citizens. I’m sure their opinions regarding the royals lean more in the republican direction, even if they won’t admit it publicly.

    • MaryContrary says:

      Coming on to say the same thing: THEY’RE AMERICAN CITIZENS. Take several seats, royal etiquette “experts.”

  15. HeyKay says:

    I remember when polite manners meant when a lady stood up from the table, all the men did too.
    Well, just in the movies. LOL

    Kate stopped to talk to them. I don’t think they stood up bc they were hoping she’d say a quick Hello and keep moving.

    People were all settled in, no need to disrupt everyone else.

    • May says:

      Ooops, I commented above regarding the same before I saw your comment. I still see it. Not as often as I used to but there are still men that do this.

    • jimita says:

      But this was stadium seating. Not a table.

      • May says:

        In what part of my comment @jimita did I say that either of them should have stood?

  16. Amy Bee says:

    Does Richard believe that Daniel Craig really works for His Majesty’s Secret Service? They’re at a tennis match. If Wimbledon had told people in the Royal Box that they had to stand when Kate and William entered, I’d understand but people in Royal Box have never stood up for them or any other royal who comes to matches.

  17. Tessa says:

    Kate is getting above herself. It reminds me of princess margaret wanting people attending theatre to stand up when she entered the royal box.

  18. Anna says:

    Oh she’d behave like with Roger if she could.

    I will never in my life bow to anyone. Show respect? Always. Bow? Nope

    • Lady D says:

      We had this conversation a few days ago, who would we bow to. The only one I could think of worth bowing to would be The GOAT, Serena.

  19. Louisa says:

    Wait… James Norton was there?! Why have I seen no pictures of him?

  20. Nic919 says:

    Wimbledon is for tennis and not the kate show. She went to them because she is obsessed with celebrity and Richard Eden is just a smarmy worm defending Wootton.

    • Seraphina says:

      Weren’t the headlines a few days ago that the celebrities were there to see Kate? Guess not.

  21. SIde Eye says:

    I love the pic of the guy in front of them looking at his water bottle like it’s the apple of his eye.

  22. Concern Fae says:

    Die mad.

  23. Ameerah M says:

    Daniel Craig is an American citizen and has been since 2019. Rachel Weisz became an American citizen in 2011. These Royalists can kick rocks.

  24. Remy says:

    When I was little we met some minor royals (not British) and I made a big ole fuss about not wanting to cause I didn’t want to curtesy. My aunt was so mad at me.

    • Sarah says:

      We met Lady Mountbatten when I was about 4 and I announced that she had a run in her stocking immediately. My mother was mortified.

  25. Alix says:

    Waity pretty clearly stopped to say hello to them, I’m sure for the photo op. Neither RW nor DC are publicity hungry and they don’t seem like the type of people who would stop someone like KM walking by to say hello. I think this is simply more or KM’s bs to show how “popular” she is 🙄

  26. QuiteContrary says:

    LOL the royal rota morons just make up reasons to be mad every day.

  27. HeyKay says:

    James Norton and his gf were entering from the other side of the aisle and they walked over to say Hi to Kate and William.
    The DM has a photo of Kate shaking his hand with a look on her face that reads to me as
    “Oooh, James! Yummy”
    Can’t blame her for that.
    James Norton is yummy. But Kate has no poker face at all around handsome, successful men in the public eye.
    No class.
    William is still coming into place behind her, sees this and looks embarrassed to me.
    Btw, I’m 61 and American. No bowing to anyone.

  28. Aimee says:

    If it was The Queen (the REAL Queen) then sure. But for these two? Nope.

  29. HeyKay says:

    Who is this Richard Kay?
    What a boot licker he is for W&K.
    Have some self respect him, go work a regular job instead.
    He is all over the DM, being all “Oooh, royalty!”
    F Off, Richard Kay.

  30. DeltaJuliet says:

    I like him even more now.

  31. Lizzie says:

    Wait a minute, hasn’t William been refusing to bow to Camilla since the coronation? I saw him turn away to look behind him when she arrived and walked right by him at the concert after the coronation.

  32. Beverley says:

    Even the royalist Daniel Craig won’t bow or stand for Kkkhate? That speaks volumes.

    • Ameerah M says:

      Is he a royalist or did he just love QEII? Cuz there’s a difference. And we’re seeing it now that she’s gone.

  33. thaisajs says:

    The photos show plenty of other people around Rachel/Daniel who also didn’t stand up? I mean, almost none of them did? This matters why, exactly?

  34. Well Wisher says:

    It is a bit rich coming from the Fail; since when etiquette is a thing for that media outlet; there could have been a myriad reasons that Kate went unnoticed by the Craigs’.
    With all the available provisions at her finger tips Kate should be discreetly look into the all encompassing question – “What happened to Kate Middleton?”
    One can add a sub-title – “Why does her craving for attention seem to be a bottomless pit?”

    The proper answer/ treatment can lead to a bit of personality? Less dependency on daily PR ???

  35. robin samuels says:

    Kate is trying hard to show some hospitality, but it is so artificial.

  36. blue says:

    The only reason spectators should ever stand for a latecomer during an event is to kindly allow the new arrival to pass by them to get to their middle-of-the-row seat. I stand then so I don’t get my legs bumped or feet stepped on & the person can more quickly get to his seat with less view-blocking for others.

  37. Debbie says:

    I sure as hell am glad these Wales people are “just plain folks” as they like to publicly pretend because if they were the kind of people who liked to put on airs, they would quibble and complain about spectators remaining seated when they approached, all on the basis of titles which they haven’t even received yet.

  38. TheOriginalMia says:

    The royal reporters just set her up for ridicule and criticism. FK & FFK were both in attendance. Daniel & Rachel didn’t stand for them either, but where’s the article bashing them about that?

  39. Mario Ross says:

    I mean, I’m old (and old-fashioned, I guess) enough to stand instinctively when a woman I’ve never met approaches to introduce herself and I tend to do the same if anyone is brought to me by a mutual to be introduced, regardless of gender.

    But even I don’t feel any particular need to stand if I’m at a sporting event and someone comes over to talk to me. Not only is it a relatively informal setting, I might block someone else’s view!

    The Craigs were fine. If anything, they were even more considerate than people realize.

  40. phlyfiremama says:

    Oh no, you mean the peasants didn’t bow and scrape?! Who do they think they are, big important stars or something?! KNEEL, hoi polloi!!! 🤣

  41. Eliora says:

    What angle are the press even going for when it comes to Kate. She is either a down to earth “commoner” who doesn’t believe in all the pomp and ceremony of the old school British monarchy, or she is no different from all the stuffy a-holes who preceded her. They need to pick a personality for her and stick to it.

    Also, why should Daniel and his wife stand. Kate approached them, not the other way around. She was the one desperate to rub elbows with Hollywood royalty. Boo to her.

  42. AC says:

    Agree with the comments above. Rachel and Daniel are both American citizens . Rachel shares a son with her ex Darren Aronofsky . I think Rachel and Daniel has been living in NY for years also. And I believe both her children are US citizens. Living in the US, they don’t have to deal with the BRF as headliners.
    Richard Eden is stuck in his archaic ways and can’t move on to the 21st century. He probably misses typewriters and would do anything to get them back.

  43. Cathalea says:

    First thing I noticed when I saw the pics a few days ago, and I love them for it

  44. AnneL says:

    It’s rude to remain standing for too long when you arrive at an event where people are trying to see what’s happening. Kate should have sat her ass down right away. And Daniel and Rachel were right not to stand, because forget Kate, it would have been inconsiderate to the people behind them to do so.

    But that’s me. One of my pet peeves is people arriving at the theater late. I don’t go to Broadway shows a lot, but when I do, it costs $$$ and I don’t want to miss a minute of the show.

  45. Krity says:

    Sweet Jesus, even the official British Royal Family website states that no one is obligated to bow, curtsey, etc. NOBODY. So this is all made up protocol bs. Yes, THEY are all caught up in who stands and curtsies to whom, but honestly they’re the only people to whom it really matters. Nobody is required to treat them any differently than any other human beings, so anyone who choses to do so is CHOOSING to do so.

  46. Why would these rota clown demand Craig and his wife Rachel stand up and now and curtsy to Kate? She’s not worth the respect. As John McEnroe said about curtsying and bowing to royalty at Wimbledon:
    “This was the class system gone mad, the opposite of a meritocracy where hard work is rewarded and people are respected because they’ve actually done something, not because they’ve been born on the right side of the tracks.”
    Swallow that and get that into your heads Richard Eden and the rest of you rota rats. Not everyone is a lapdog like you all are. Haha !