Prince Harry and Meghan Markle showed plenty of PDA during their engagement. Now that they’re married though, it looks like the newest royal couple might be taking a turn for the more traditional.
In a video posted by The Sun, Harry is seen appearing to reject Meghan’s attempt to hold his hand during the Young Leaders Reception at Buckingham Palace. In the clip, Meghan appears to reach for Harry’s hand, but he pulls away quickly. This probably isn’t a sign of any trouble in paradise—just an old habit dying hard for Meghan and Harry trying to be mindful of royal etiquette.
While royal PDA isn’t explicitly banned, it’s an unwritten rule that royal couples keep their hands off each other at public events.
Harry’s brother and sister-in-law, Prince William and Kate Middleton, also adhere to the unspoken rule.
“It is very clear that William and Kate are emotionally close, however, they do not seem to feel the need to prove their love—particularly when on official state business,” Kermode told explained.
If this clip is any indication, Harry and Meghan might be taking a cue from Will and Kate and holding back on the public displays of affection.