Meghan and Prince Harry walked arm in arm, as they walked along with Kate and Prince William on their way to the church this morning on Christmas day. The fabulous four was seen stopping to chat with the thousands of fans that lined the walkway.
But while Meghan and Harry’s hands were constantly liked and even when they were talking to the gathered crowd they were always finding a way to touch one another, Kate and Prince William, were way more traditional as they just walked side by side without touching. You can see in the photos that even when Meghan and Kate leaned into each other to talk, Meghan kept a hand at Harry’s elbow. Showing affection in public isn’t completely banned in the royal family, but there is an unwritten rule that royal couples keep their hands off each other at public events.
After the service, Meghan and Harry were photographed shaking hands with the biggest royal fans outside the church. As they were doing so, Meghan was seen lovingly leaning towards Harry:
Kate and William also stopped by to say hello and to wish ‘happy holidays’ to the waiting fans, but show no physical contact between each other at all:
Myka Meier, who is a British-American trained by a former member of the Queen’s household, told ELLE.com: “If you look at them (Meghan and Harry) they’re very affectionate. Extremely affectionate. If you Google them at any recent event they’re always touching, holding hands, giggling. So I think people are just comparing the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William [who do not show much PDA publicly] to Harry and Meghan. And it’s just a matter of style and comfort.”
“I always think the important thing to remember is that people forget that they’re working royals,” Meier continued. “So when we saw them on their engagement photos and people were commenting at how roughed up they were, that’s absolutely fine because they’re not presenting a serious-natured event. They’re not walking into a ceremony commemorating death or something horrific by showing PDA. They would never be so disrespectful. But the ways that we have seen them have been really social, in terms of the engagement, the marriage, the announcements, just walking through very informal events together. I think it’s something that’s absolutely fine and a matter of personal preference and also mirroring the body language and protocol of the event you’re attending.”
Kate and Meghan shut down all the feud rumors when they walked side by side, looking the best of friends. They were photographed chatting and smiling as they were on their way to the church.
The mother of three looked festive in a berry-hued coat by Catherine Walker and a Jane Taylor halo band. She wore her trademark brunette tresses down and curled and opted for natural makeup. While Meghan wore a navy dress, coat, and matching, feathered fascinator, as she linked arms with Prince Harry.