Why Meghan and Harry stopped holding hands in public

By Hayley July 5, 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s loved-up reign is over.

Royal fans were shooketh when Harry appeared to avoid holding his new wife’s hand while appearing at the Young Leaders Reception at Buckingham Palace last week.

Here's the moment in question:

Some argued that the royal family aren’t fans of the PDA - but etiquette expert William Hanson told the Daily Mail it’s a work thing:

“Prince Harry has probably felt less of a need to hold Meghan's hand as she seems to be much more confident and secure in her new role, and so needs less emotional and physical support from her now-husband. 

“Public displays of affection, such a hand holding, may be accepted in private situations and in social spheres, but when out in public Harry and Meghan are on official business and so it is not considered professional behaviour.”

The expert pointed out that Prince William and Duchess Kate mastered keeping their hands to themselves early in their relationship.

“They seem much more reserved with their emotions and affection whereas Harry and Meghan are more tactile. It comes down to different styles for different royal couples.”

The expert said there is no official rule in the palace when it comes to hand holding - but you’d never catch The Queen or Prince Charles canoodling with their baes in public.

“I suspect Prince Harry and The Duchess of Sussex realise that now they are married their job and status is what comes first.”

We'll miss these touchy-feely royals!