As he received the honour from the heir apparent, however, Ed touched the arm of Prince Charles with his free hand which is apparently strictly against royal protocol.
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According to the rules governing commoners and royalty, the only contact that someone is allowed to have with a member of the British royal family is to be initiated by the family themselves and no one else.
Despite this small mishap Ed seemed to have a great time, The Daily Mail quoted the musician as saying:
He was asking me if I was still selling lots of records and I told him I've got a concert in New York tomorrow, and he was quite surprised I was flying after this.