The royal couple, who married in 2011, are rarely seen showing public affection for one another.
“While we are 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 all simply a matter of preference for each couple and is also likely dependent on the nature of the event they are attending. A more serious engagement would warrant a more serious level of professionalism, which each royal is sure to follow.”
“Meghan and Prince Harry holding hands at a royal engagement is a refreshingly modern approach to their new role both as a couple and as representatives of the royal family,” Meier said.
Those moments of intimacy have been on display at almost every event they’ve attended together (aside from their appearance alongside the Queen!).
“Meghan is used to being touchy-feely, and Harry is the same,” former palace spokesman, Dickie Arbiter, told PEOPLE. “Harry has always been tactile.”
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“While Prince Harry and Meghan holding hands is atypical for royal engagements, it is a seemingly welcomed gesture to show unity and celebration of their engagement period,” Meier said. “There is no protocol that says they can not show affection on official engagements, and this gesture makes them relatable and lovable to the public.
“Meghan and Prince Harry holding hands at a royal engagement is a refreshingly modern approach to their new role both as a couple and as representatives of the royal family.”
Both couples were among the 800 guests present for Eugenie and Jack’s wedding.