Rihanna takes Prince’s hand while wearing a discreet splint

Looks like Charles’ handshake was a bonebreaker, Rihanna! Singer grabs Prince’s hand while wearing a discreet splint before being spotted wearing a more protective brace three days later


Meeting Royalty is usually a momentous occasion, but Rihanna’s meeting with Prince Charles can bring back painful memories for the pop idol.

The 33-year-old was presented to the heir apparent last week at the historic ceremony that marked Barbados’ transition from a constitutional monarchy to a republic.

The Umbrella singer—born in St Michael and declared a National Hero of Barbados during the celebrations—quickly grabbed Charles’ hand when it was her turn to meet him, despite obviously a discreet splint on her right fingers.

As a sign that Charles’s grip might surprise her, she was spotted three days after the ceremony in New York with a sturdier brace protecting her injured fingers.

The Prince of Wales has developed 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 was going to break my fingers.”

MEET AND GREET: Pop star Rihanna and Prince Charles shake hands (pictured) at last week’s ceremony to declare Barbados a republic

DISCREET: 33-year-old was seen with a finger splint on her right hand

DISCREET: 33-year-old was seen with a finger splint on her right hand

INJURED: The singer three days later in a protective hand brace

INJURED: The singer three days later in a protective hand brace

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