To hold the hand is to receive the royal treatment of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle!
The newlyweds, who announced Monday that they are expecting their first child in the spring, have always openly shown their affection for each other. From holding hands and joining arms to rubbing one's back and exchanging loving glances, they carry their hearts in their sleeves.
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But on Wednesday, they showed a new form of PDA during an outing in Melbourne in a clip of the Instagram fan account, Meghan_Harry_. While Harry held Meghan's hand, he extended behind her back to hold her with the other, while stroking his thumb with love (just as he did during his wedding ceremony in the Chapel of St. George!).
The couple was shown a mural of aboriginal art after a busy encounter with hundreds of fans who lined the streets, but their attention was never too far away from each other.
As soon as Harry and Meghan published their romance last year, it became clear that they were not afraid to show their PDA. And those displays of affection have continued since Meghan became a royal officer five months ago.
Harry and Meghan walked memorably hand in hand at the Invictus Games in Toronto in September 2017 (their first public event!). The timing was very important for real fans, as members of the royal family (such as Harry's brother, Prince William and Kate Middleton) rarely show PDAs, especially at official outings.
"Although Prince Harry and Meghan holding hands are atypical for real commitments, it is a seemingly welcome gesture to show unity and the celebration of their engagement period," royal etiquette expert Myka Meier, founder and CEO, told PEOPLE. Director of Beaumont Etiquette. "There is no protocol that says they can not show affection in official commitments, and this gesture makes them relatable and kind to the public.