The unusual interaction King Charles shared with mourners has Twitter ringing

King Charles III has returned to Buckingham Palace following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8th. In a statement announcing her death, the royal family revealed that King Charles III. and Camilla, the queen consort, were with Elizabeth in her last hours. In a touching tribute to his mother, the King called Elizabeth II a “esteemed sovereign” in a statement posted to Twitter. “The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.” As predicted, thousands of people have since gathered outside Buckingham Palace to mourn the monarch.

A day after Elizabeth’s death, King Charles III returned. returned to England and marked his first public appearance as supreme monarch. According to Reuters, the newly ascended leader will meet the country’s prime minister and address the nation on his first day as king. And during the return of King Charles III. was expected at Buckingham Palace, many were shocked by the unusual interaction he had with a mourner outside the palace.

A mourner kissed King Charles

King Charles III makes headlines just a day after his rise to the kingship. King Charles III was greeted by thousands of supporters upon his return to Buckingham Palace. The King and Queen consort Camila Parker Bowles joined a bevy of adoring fans who reportedly chanted “God Save the King” and even sang the national anthem, according to ITV’s Chris Ship on Twitter. However, a brief interaction with a mourner sent the internet into a frenzy.

In a video posted by ITV News, King Charles III can be seen greeting supporters before being pulled in for a kiss on the cheek. The unidentified woman seemed delighted with the interaction as she beamed with delight after landing the surprise hickey.

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The moment divided people online as some found the exchange disrespectful. “Poor Charles! Why does she think she’s right? If he took her for a kiss he would be accused of assault,” one person tweeted. While another added: “I hope those hands get sanitized and [germ] free.” Meanwhile, others took the moment as a sign of tenderness towards His Majesty. A tweeter exclaimed, “She won’t forget the moment she got to kiss our king.”