Prince Harry Was the First Royal to Pull this Stunt on the Palace Balcony Almost 30 Years Ago

Little Savannah Phillips may have stolen the show on the palace balcony by covering adorable Prince George‘s mouth last Saturday, but she wasn’t the first royal to do this.

It was almost 30 years ago when a then 5-year-old Prince Harry showed off his mischievous side covering the mouth of his cousin, Princess Beatrice, then close to 2 years old, during the annual celebration in 1990.

On Saturday, 7-year-old Savannah, whose father is Queen Elizabeth’s eldest grandchild, Peter Phillips, put her hand over the future king’s mouth.  Now that will be something she may regret later lol.

“Savannah pretended to conduct as the national anthem was playing, and George joined in the fun,” a royal observer told PEOPLE magazine. “But when Savannah realized it was probably not what they should be doing, she stopped George, 4, from saying any more.”

Prince Harry, on his sixth birthday, puts his hand over the mouth of two year old Princess Beatrice as they join the Princess of Wales and other members of the Royal Family to watch this morning’s Battle of Britain 50th Anniversary Parade. (Photo by Martin Keene – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

The symbolism here is beyond words.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 09: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Savannah Phillips, Prince George of Cambridge watch the flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour on June 9, 2018 in London, England. The annual ceremony involving over 1400 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marks the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen’s actual birthday is on April 21st. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

This isn’t the first time one of Harry’s mischievous moments was copied by a younger royal. Princess Charlotte, 3, proved that she’s another heir with a playful streak at the royal wedding last month, when she appeared to stick out her tongue from inside the car as she arrived to St. George’s Chapel.

Prince Harry was known for pulling this move too. The Prince, now 33, made a silly face out the car window after a visit to the hospital when his cousin, Princess Beatrice, was born in 1988.


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