Beale's royal snap lights up Instagram

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by Beth Newman

Kurtley Beale has taken the crown when it comes to royal social media snaps, after posting this gem with Prince William.

Plenty of players posted pictures with the Duke of Cambridge, who has been the WRU patron since 2016, and with tight approvals processes around many images, very few unorthodox photos ever make it out.

Beale, however, was happy to grab a snap with a beer in hand, donning a pair of green and gold budgy smugglers, with Indigenous art on them, beaming as he stood next to the Prince.

His outfit was a far cry from that of his royal friend, who looked typically formal in a suit and tie. 

He captioned it with ,'When you rock up to the party feeling a little over dressed,'. 

The post didn't take long to gain momentum on Instagram, with it's 11,600 likes making it Beale's most-liked post ever.

 

When you rock up to the party feeling a little over dressed 🤴🏿🤣

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It wasn't just Australians enjoying the post, with NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal, with the 'Big Diesel' photoshopping his head onto Beale's body after seeing the post. 

 

It was a pleasure meeting you prince William

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It says a lot about the photo that it beat out some of Beale's other viral social media moments over the weekend.

Vision of the fullback tacking onto the side of the scrum when the Wallabies were a man down took on a life of its own over the weekend, with Beale seemingly unlikely to find himself in the forwards anytime soon.

His game-sealing one-on-one steal was another moment that, for obvious reasons, grabbed attention, after the Wallabies' 29-21 win over Wales.

Beale returns to England with the Wallabies for the first time since finishing up his stint with Wasps in the UK Premiership, a year in which he helped guide them to a final. 

The Wallabies take on England on Saturday November 18, kicking off at 3pm local, Sunday 2am AEDT, LIVE on beIN Sports and SBS.