KATE Middleton and Princess Charlotte stunned lunchtime patrons of a South London pub when they popped in to use the toilet.
The royal pair rushed into The Phoenix in Stockwell after Princess Charlotte just couldn’t hold on any longer while they were stuck in traffic. Royal protection officers searched the pub before the Duchess of Cambridge led her three-year-old daughter in by hand. Pub local Maggie McKinney, who has been visiting The Phoenix for 26 years, said she had never seen anything like it in all that time. She told the Mail Online: “I was sitting in my usual chair and when I looked up I saw Kate Middleton, I mean the Duchess of Cambridge, and her daughter Princess Charlotte.
“The little kiddie just trotted in with her mum, went to the toilet and then trotted out.”
The 76-year-old said the pub is friendly and staff were more than happy to let the fourth in line to the throne use their very own throne.
Mrs McKinney said: “Someone went up to the bar and asked if the wee girl could go to the toilet and then in they came.
She added: “They seem very nice, totally normal.
“Princess Kate was holding her daughter’s hand and Princess Charlotte was just any other little girl.”
Another local, who asked not to be named, joked: “It just goes to show that the royals are like any other family.
“When your kid needs to go to the loo, they got to go.”
According to witnesses, a plain-clothed female officer from the royal protection squad checked over the pub’s facilities before warning customers not to take any photos.
After getting the all clear, Kate strolled in wearing a casual outfit of patterned blue trousers with a navy blue long-sleeve top.
She was holding the hand of the little Princess who was wearing black shoes, white tights, blue skirt and a white blouse with a light-blue coat.
Another punter at the pub, which was quiet at the time, described what they saw to the MailOnline: “I was on my way to the pub when I saw the Duchess of Cambridge getting out of a black Range Rover which was parked on a side road.
“Then her daughter Princess Charlotte got out and they walked to the pub.
“A man in a suit stood by the side of the car. I couldn’t believe it.”
Another regular described the incident, which happened last Thursday, said: “The police woman sat by the bar while Princess Charlotte and Princess Kate were in the toilet.
“The diplomatic protection officer warned customers not to take any pictures so no one got their phones out.
Kensington Palace, the manager of The Phoenix and a spokesperson for Backbar Pubs and Bars, which owns the pub, all declined to comment.
Princess Charlotte is not the first royal who has had to take a quick refuge at a pub.
In the 1980s, the Queen was forced to take shelter at the Cross Hands pub in Gloucestershire after getting stuck in a heavy snowstorm.
The monarch and her entourage had to stay overnight after becoming stranded on the way back from an official engagement in Bristol.
The sudden blizzard, on December 13, 1981, is marked by a plaque at the inn in Old Sodbury.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK