Why Harry and Meghan don"t hold hands anymore

THEIR frequent hand holding and hugging sparked marriage rumours months before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement.

The couple’s tactile display continued in the months leading up to their marriage, with Meghan and Harry attending most events hand-in-hand.

But since their May nuptials, there has been a marked shift in how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex behave in public.

Attending the Young Leaders Reception at Buckingham Palace last week, video appeared to show Harry shunning Meghan’s outstretched hand as they walked behind Queen Elizabeth.

Royal biographer Gyles Brandreth told People that Harry’s snub was probably a sign of respect to his grandmother.

The 92-year-old royal has never held hands with Prince Philip in public in line with their generation’s “stoic values”, Mr Brandreth explained.

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But etiquette expert William Hanson told MailOnline there is another more human reason why Harry and Meghan don’t hold hands in public anymore.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

While stressing there was no royal protocol about hand holding, Mr Hanson said Prince William and Kate Middleton’s public behaviour was more “traditional”.

“They seem much more reserved with their emotions and affection whereas Harry and Meghan are more tactile,” he said.

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