Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s public display of affection after a brief service in honor of Queen Elizabeth II has drawn mixed reactions.
Prince Harry and his wife held hands as they left Westminster Hall on Wednesday. Other royal couples in the procession walked hand in hand.
Royal expert Shannon Felton Spence told Fox News Digital the action was most likely a “loving show of support” for Prince Harry, but stressed that the royal family is “at work”.
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“While there are no formal ‘rules’ against the CCP, we don’t often see this from members of the royal family because usually when we see them they are at work,” Ms Spence explained.
“They show off their most professional look. When we see William and Katherine off, they are the husband and wife of a colleague.”
Ms Spence noted that members of the royal family, including Prince William and Kate Middleton, notice public displays of affection, but they usually occur at less formal events.
“It does happen, but usually always in an ‘appropriate setting’ or less formal event (like if they’re playing sports),” she added.
“That’s why it’s so amazing that Harry and Meghan have always been so openly attached to each other.
“It’s not that it’s unusual for a husband and wife, it’s just that we’re not used to seeing this from members of the royal family while they’re at work.”
Kate Middleton and Prince William have been spotted holding hands in public several times.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex held hands on Wednesday, sparking controversy on social media. Some called Meghan “supportive” while others called the move “inappropriate.”
“Meghan Markle is very supportive of Prince Harry. The best of British royalty,” wrote one user.
“Keep holding hands, Harry and Meghan. It amuses me that people are worried about it. Lol,” added another.
“What a disgrace. Meghan and Harry just had to draw attention to themselves by holding hands,” said one of them. “Totally inappropriate, but what else can you expect?”
Other social media users pointed out that Meghan and Prince Harry weren’t the only royal couple to hold hands during Wednesday’s events.
Zara Tindall, Princess Anne’s daughter, and her husband Mike Tindall were holding hands as they arrived at Westminster Hall. However, it is important to note that these two do not hold royal titles.
Ms Spence, a royal expert, told Fox News Digital that the handshake between Harry and Meghan is understandable.
“I will give them a pass for today as they walked from Westminster Hall because this procession must have been very traumatic for Harry and they are all mourning,” she said.
Prince Harry publicly showed affection for Meghan. Before marrying the Duchess of Sussex, the Prince kissed her on the cheek at the closing of the Invictus Games in 2017. The move made headlines at the time.
They have since shared a lip lock or two at several events, including a polo match in 2018. This kiss has been compared to the kiss of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in a photo at a polo match in 1985.
Ashley Papa of Fox News contributed to this report.
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