Moments after he delivered a speech telling the public not to shake hands in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the then did so, before realising what he had done and offering an elbow bump to his colleague instead.
"From this moment on, we stop shaking hands," Mark Rutte said during a statement which followed a crisis meeting of government ministers.
"You can do a foot kiss, bump elbows, whatever you want," he said.
"I see all kinds of great variations on shaking hands emerging at schools, but from today we stop shaking hands."
Appearing to forget his own advice, after finishing his speech, Mr Rutte then turned to the head of the infectious diseases department of the National Public Health Institute and the pair shook hands.
After realising his mistake, an apologetic Mr Rutte said: "Sorry, sorry, we can't do that anymore! Do it again!"
The pair then shared an elbow bump before leaving the stage.
So far coronavirus has killed three people and infected 321 in the Netherlands
The Netherlands' leader isn't the only one to be confused about the new protocol on handshakes.
On Monday, Prince Charles was almost caught out after offering his hand out as he met a member of the clergy.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer waved Ms Merkel’s hand away at a meeting with migrant groups in Berlin.
Germany has so far reported more than 1,000 cases of Covid-19, making it one of the worst affected countries in Europe.