When Noctis mentioned making a new friend, Ignis was prepared for the worst.
It wasn’t that he didn’t want Noctis to have friends—quite the opposite, in fact. It would do Noctis a world of good to have more friends his age who went to school with him, rather than someone across Eos or people who were bound to serve him.
But, there was protocol that Ignis had to adhere to. As much as he loathed it, he had to dig into this new friend’s background, plus those close to him, in order to ensure he wasn’t a threat to the Crown. It was the reason Noctis had so few friends in the first place, and though Ignis knew it was necessary, he did wish it wasn’t him who got in the way every single time.