The royal couple, Prince Laurent of Belgium and his wife, Princess Claire, were sitting on throne-like chairs during a ceremony to celebrate 188 years of the country's independence on Sunday when the Prince took out his mobile phone and even answered a call.
The Princess looked annoyed at her husband answering a call during the national anthem and touched his arm in an attempt to end his conversation.
Prince Laurent talks on the phone during parade on national holiday. King Filip and Queen Mathilde seem to notice and look in his direction. His wife, Princess Claire, also seems to make it clear to him that this is not acceptable. 🤦🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/Dh9TOUWz5u— Royally_Petite 🌺 (@RoyallyPetite) July 22, 2019
The incident did not go unnoticed on social media.
Every family has a Prince Laurent....that's what makes family gathering so interesting https://t.co/QPi1YdiEeN— Patricia Treble (@PatriciaTreble) July 21, 2019
It’s fascinating how he misbehaves every year at the military parade. His behaviour is so provocative and passive aggressive, it’s like he is looking for rejection or something. Something seems wrong with his personality.— RoyalArjan (@RoyalArjan) July 22, 2019
According to the Daily Mail, it was not the first time that Prince Laurent has stirred controversy - last year he had a 15% cut in his monthly allowance for attending a reception at Chinese embassy without government permission, but dressed in naval uniform.