WHEN your boyfriend or girlfriend is a member of the royal family, there are different rules than a normal relationship.
Monopoly is banned, unmarried women can’t wear tiaras and PDAs are frowned upon – according to these unwritten rules.
Splash News Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were pictured holding hands at the Invictus Games
Why don’t Kate Middleton and Prince William hold hands?
Public displays of affection are considered uncouth, which is why you rarely see Kate Middleton and Prince William holding hands or kissing on a public engagement.
There have been some exceptions, however, such as a Christmas Day service at Sandringham.
Prince William arrived hand in hand with the Duchess of Cambridge, next to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Usually Meghan and Harry are a lot more affectionate in their body language towards each other than Harry’s older brother and sister-in-law.
Getty – Pool But you rarely Kate Middleton and Prince William showing public displays of affection
Can Meghan Markle and Prince Harry hold hands?
You may have noticed that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are very affectionate with each other during public appearances.
Royal etiquette expert Myka Meier told People: “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.
“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.”
The couple also seemed very cosy at the Invictus Games in Toronto back in September, despite having the eyes of the world on them.
Getty – Pool Prince William and Kate Middleton leave for their honeymoon, one of the handful of times they have been pictured holding hands in public
Are the royal family typically banned from holding hands?
There isn’t a ban on PDA for Royals.
It’s more of a question of following the Queen’s example, as she rarely held Prince Philip’s hand on public engagements.
And this has become an “unwritten precedent for the other royals”, Robin Kermode, body language expert, told Mail Online.