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Prince Harry and Prince Charles Prove It's Really Awkward When Royals Hug in Hats

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Royalty…it's not for the faint of heart or the uncoordinated.

During the first day of racing at Royal Ascot, it became increasingly clear that keeping up with British sartorial tradition is no easy feat.

Case in point? Prince Harry appeared to be having some trouble while greeting his cousin Zara Phillips.

The two clumsily maneuvered around their over-the-top hats and exchanged polite cheek kisses and a half-assed, one-armed side hug.

The redheaded royal had to lift his hat in order to get close to the new mother—because sometimes fashion has nothing to do with function, people!

But Harry wasn't the only royal bobbing and weaving his way through the crowd.

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Prince Charles also fell victim to Zara's accessory when she leaned into him and almost poked his eye out. The struggle is real…

Of course Charles remained calm and collected during the awkward encounter, but he did keep his distance while hugging his niece.

Queen Elizabeth II, on the other hand, showed the others how it's done by sporting a baby blue Rachel Trevor Morgan hat with the brim already slanted upwards. Smart, right?!

This means she was free to move about the cabin hug and air kiss however many people she needed without running the risk of ruining her floral-adorned headpiece.

Camilla Parker Bowles, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice clearly didn't get the memo…

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