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Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are happy to engage in public displays of affection but William and Kate don't

Mirror logo Mirror 09/10/2017 Zoe Shenton
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Prince Harry and US girlfriend Meghan Markle finally took their romance public late last month following a year of dating.

First, the pair confidently walked hand-in-hand into the Invictus Games - the international multisport Paralympic event he founded - wheelchair tennis finals.

Then they were seen cuddling up to each other at the closing games ceremony - with the royal even pictured planting a tender kiss on the 36-year-old Suits star's cheek.

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty In contrast, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are rarely, if ever, openly affectionate when carrying out their public engagements, which prompts the question - is there a royal rule on refraining from PDAs?

There isn't an official protocol to prevent them from doing so, but they apparently choose not to in order to maintain their professionalism.

"The likely reasoning is more that while travelling on a tour such as the India trip, technically the couple are working representatives of British Monarchy," the founder of Beaumont Etiquette, Myka Meier told People .

"The couple are likely to show very little PDA, if any, to remain professional during their designated roles abroad."

Credits: Rec © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Rec It's also understood that the younger royals are required to follow the Queen's example.

The Queen is rarely seen holding Prince Philip's hand while they are on public engagements.

Robin Kermode, body language expert and founder of communications coaching company, explains Kate and William are taking cues from the Queen.

"The Queen rarely holds hands with her husband in public and this seems to have set an unwritten precedent for the other royals," Robin notes.

Credits: Roland Leon/Daily Mirror © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Roland Leon/Daily Mirror "It is very clear that William and Kate are emotionally close, however, they do not seem to feel the need to prove their love – particularly when on official state business," he also observed.

Prince Harry and Meghan's first public display of affection also came at the Invictus Games - a far more casual event than others - and Harry technically wasn't working when they were seen kissing.

While the Duke and Duchess don't necessarily engage in PDAs while enjoying more low-key events like Wimbledon, they're certainly a lot more relaxed than they would be at a public engagement.

Credits: WireImage © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: WireImage At the 2012 Olympic Games, for example, the casually dressed pair were pictured sharing a hug.

Of course, it could also be that Kate and Will have been together for a long time now and don't feel the need for PDAs.

Harry and Meghan are still in the 'honeymoon period' and look positively smitten with one another.

Finally, Harry is only sixth in line to the throne after the birth of the next royal baby, while Prince William is the heir to the throne.


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