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Is Theresa May doing the curtsy wrong? Here's what an etiquette expert says

The i logo The i 09/08/2018 Akilah Russell
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Theresa May may be an expert in many things but apparently doing a "correct" curtsy is not one of them - or so says the internet.

The PM's latest attempt at mastering the traditional greeting for Royalty has come under fire as she met Prince William during the Amiens centenary service.

May can be seen smiling and almost getting on bended knee when she shook hands with the Duke of Cambridge.

As soon as it aired on TV many took to Twitter to argue she was doing the curtsy wrong suggesting the country leader needs "lessons".

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Show some curtsy courtesy

Posting a clip of the curtsy on Twitter one user wrote: "Prince William tries not to laugh at Theresa May's curtsy."

They continued: "She'll throw her back out if she goes any lower!"

Another added: "I love the way she drops completely out of the frame before bobbing up again...she needs lessons."

But is she truly ruining the curtsy? According to etiquette expert Jo Bryant - the answer is yes.

PM Theresa May and Prince William - provided by Reuters © Reuters PM Theresa May and Prince William - provided by Reuters

'It's tricky to master'

Speaking to i Jo explained that May's dip was the thing that needs the most work.

She said: "A curtsy should be a gentle bob, rather than a low sweep; it is important to maintain eye contact."

"It is generally easier done with the right foot behind the left, but fine choose whichever feels the most stable."

"It can be tricky to master at first, but with a little practise should become a simple, natural gesture, particularly for those who are required to curtsy often."

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