Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are taking their PDA on the road. Despite royal protocol against showing affection in public, Markle and Harry have hugged, held hands and acted like a normal couple throughout their trip to New Zealand. And it does not look like they are going to stop anytime soon.
This week, the pair made an appearance at the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy as a portion of their trip to New Zealand, Australia, Tonga and Fiji. The two took a casual approach for the outing, donning rain boots and jeans. They spent most of the day engaged in fun activities, like planting trees, but put on quite the show while enjoying some down time.
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🍃 At the beautiful Redwoods Forest in Rotorua, home of treewalks, mountain biking and 100-year old trees — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited the spectacular Redwoods Treewalk in Rotorua, a series of suspension bridges traversing the gaps between its majestic trees, each with their own living deck to ensure viewing platforms adapt to the trees’ rapid growth without any harm. #RoyalVisitNZ #NewZealand #Rotorua
According to Hollywood Life, Harry and Markle held hands throughout the engagement and even hugged under an umbrella when it started to rain. The royal couple was not afraid to show affection at the event, despite royal tradition against showing too much love in public settings.
They repeated their PDA filled tour during a visit to a local charity organization that evening. Only this time, Harry held Markle’s hand while she rubbed her baby bump.
Although Harry and Markle are getting a lot of attention for the PDA, they are not breaking any official rules. Most members of the royal family, however, show little affection in public. This is especially true when they are at royal events.
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Our greatest thanks to the people of Australia for the warmest of welcomes, the amazing Aussie hospitality, and for the kindness and inspiration we’ve felt from all of you along the way. We have really enjoyed meeting so many of you Down Under and look forward to returning one day soon! — Harry and Meghan 🇦🇺🇬🇧🐨
Royals shy away from displaying their love to remain professional, as they are representatives of the monarchy wherever they go. Harry and Markle seem to be ignoring this tradition, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
“There is no actual etiquette or royal protocol that says the couple must refrain from PDA,” Myka Meier, an expert on all things royal, explained.
Kensington Palace has not commented on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s open displays of affection. The two are currently getting ready for the birth of their first child, who is due to be born sometime next spring.