Looks like Charles’s handshake was a bone-crusher, Rihanna! Singer grasps Prince’s hand while sporting a discreet splint before being spotted wearing a more protective brace three days later
The 33-year-old was presented to the heir to the throne during last week’s historic ceremony marking Barbados’s transition from a constitutional monarchy to a republic.
The Umbrella singer – who was born in Saint Michael and was named a National Hero of Barbados during the celebrations – was quick to grasp Charles’s hand when it was her turn to meet him, despite clearly sporting a discreet splint on her right fingers.
In a sign that Charles’s grip may have caught her by surprise, she was spotted in New York three days after the ceremony with a more substantial brace protecting her injured fingers.
The Prince of Wales has garnered a reputation for a firm handshake after decades of ceremonial duties. In 2012, shortly after meeting the Prince, New Zealander Ann Loader, said: ‘I thought he might break my fingers.’
MEET AND GREET: Pop star Rihanna and Prince Charles shake hands (pictured) during last week’s ceremony to declare Barbados a republic
DISCREET: The 33-year-old was seen wearing a finger splint on her right hand
INJURED: The singer in a protective hand brace three days later