Prince William and Kate Middleton shake hands at the royal wedding of Princess Eugenia

adminOctober 12, 2018




The guests at the wedding of Princess Eugenia and Jack Brooksbank certainly felt love on their big day.

The royal couple, who got married in 2011, is rarely seen showing public affection for each other.

"It's rare to see real couples holding hands at official exits," royal etiquette expert Myka Meier, founder and director of Beaumont Etiquette, previously told PEOPLE.

"While we're much less likely to see The Duke and Duchess holding hands in public, we often see Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall holding hands, it's just a matter of preference for each couple and it's also likely to depend on the nature of the event they attend, a more serious commitment would justify a more professional level of professionalism, which will surely follow each king. "

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, on the other hand, are often approached.

"Meghan and Prince Harry holding hands in a real engagement are a refreshing and modern approach to their new role as a couple and as representatives of the royal family," Meier said.

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Those moments of intimacy have been shown in almost all the events they attended together (in addition to their appearance with the Queen!).

"Meghan is used to being sensitive, and Harry is the same," former palace spokeswoman Dickie Arbiter told PEOPLE. "Harry has always been tactile."

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"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," Meier said. "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.

"Meghan and Prince Harry holding hands in a real engagement are a refreshing and modern approach to their new role as a couple and as representatives of the royal family."

Both couples were among the 800 guests present for Eugenie and Jack's wedding.



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