Michelle Obama hit headlines after hugging the Queen during the pair’s meeting at the G-20 reception back in 2009, and she’s now discussed how the friendly gesture came about.
Royal protocol frowns upon any physical contact with Her Majesty, however, the former first lady just ignored that and went in for the kill after they discussed how much their feet were hurting them.
Obama wrote about the meeting in her newly-released memoir Becoming, with The Telegraph publishing an excerpt from the much-talked about book.
The Chicago native claimed the Queen told her, “You’re so tall,” before she then “gestured with some frustration at her own black pumps” and said: “These shoes are unpleasant, are they not?”
Obama told how the duo had both had a long, tiring day at work, writing: “Forget that she sometimes wore a diamond crown and that I’d flown to London on the presidential jet: we were just two tired ladies oppressed by our shoes.”
“I then did what’s instinctive to me anytime I feel connected to a new person, which is to express my feelings outwardly. I laid a hand affectionately across her shoulder.”
She continued, “I couldn’t have known it in the moment, but I was committing what would be deemed an epic faux pas. But I tried not to let the criticism rattle me.”
“If I hadn’t done the proper thing at Buckingham Palace, I had at least done the human thing,” Obama added. “I daresay that the Queen was okay with it, too, because when I touched her, she only pulled closer, resting a gloved hand lightly on the small of my back.”
Obama has been busy promoting her new release, recently chatting to Oprah Winfrey about an array of different subjects including that swipe at Donald Trump over his famous “birther” Barack Obama comments.