By Cailey Rizzo
December 06, 2018
Prince Charlotte
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A royal bladder cannot wait. Especially not a tiny one.

Patrons at The Phoenix, a local pub in South London, were surprised by an impromptu visit last week from the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte.

“There were only a few of us in the pub at the time,” a customer told The Daily Mail. “No one noticed to start with, but when Princess Kate came in we started to look up.”

The three-year-old princess and her mother popped into the pub in the afternoon and dashed to the loo. Those who were there said that the royal pair was in the pub for no more than 10 minutes.

It was unclear what was happening until Kate Middleton walked in. “They seem very nice, totally normal,” a customer told The Daily Mail. “Princess Kate was holding her daughter's hand. Princess Charlotte was just any other little girl.”

But the process for getting a toddler to the toilet is a bit more complicated when you’re royal. First, the entourage parked their black Range Rover on the street. A “royal protection officer” walked into the pub first and asked if the princess could use the facilities. (It is unclear if workers knew the identity of the child-with-a-full-bladder when they agreed, as staff have been barred from speaking about the visit.) Patrons were told they would not be allowed to take pictures.

The royals walked to the loo and then walked back out to the car just like any other parent with an over-hydrated toddler.

The visit has not been confirmed by Kensington Palace. “This is not something we will be commenting on,” a spokesperson told The Daily Mail.