There are a lot of rules the royal family has to follow whenever they go 4out in public, but the latest one for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might take the cake. Although the couple just tied the knot and are madly in love, they are not supposed to hold hands in public – especially whenever Queen Elizabeth II is around. Why can’t they show any PDA?
Markle and Harry tied the knot in a gorgeous ceremony inside St. George’s Chapel back in May. The two have been busy performing their royal duties ever since, though fans have noticed that they rarely hold hands when in public. In fact, Harry recently shut down Markle’s attempt to hold hands in front of Her Majesty, which left fans wondering why they can’t show that kind of affection in front of the cameras. While it may seem a bit silly, there’s actually a good reason why they avoid PDA in front of the Queen.
According to Romper, Harry and Markle do not hold hands in front of Queen Elizabeth out of respect for her “stoic values.” The Queen apparently does not like to show affection in public with her husband, Prince Philip, and so the rest of the family follows suit to make her happy.
While the couple won’t hold hands in Her Majesty’s presence, they are allowed to display affection in public, depending on the type of engagement.
“There is no protocol that says they cannot show affection on official engagements,” Mike Meier, an expert on the royal family, explained. “This gesture makes them relatable and lovable to the public.”
Meier added that the amount of PDA largely depends on the type of royal engagement. If the event is serious in tone, the royal family probably won’t engage in any type of PDA at all. But if the engagement is less professional, then they will probably engage in some kind of affection, like holding hands.
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Ever since their wedding, Harry and Markle have been on a whirlwind of public events. The two are currently gearing up for a trip to Ireland and are slated to appear at several different venues. The Queen is not expected to travel with them, so it is possible that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will hold hands in public in the very near future. Regardless, it is good to know that they aren’t banned from showing a little PDA from time to time and are just avoiding it out of respect for the crown.