Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, are often seen holding hands while out in public together, and it appears that there’s more behind the gesture than many would have originally thought.
Body language expert Judi James told Fabulous: “Meghan and Harry’s hand-hold ritual enables them to communicate quite complex messages to one another silently and without the need for eye contact.”
Judi then explained how it is “clearly a vital gesture” for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
“It is clearly a vital gesture for them, as we saw the immediate re-bonding yesterday at the end of a very emotional service,” she said, referring to the Queen’s procession at Westminster on 14 September. “The hand clasp sends a social message of close bonding but it also sends an intrapersonal message to the couple themselves, allowing them to feel inwardly secure in a loving team of two.”
Harry and Meghan’s way of clasping hands also holds significance, according to Judi, who revealed that they use “the clasp in the way that celebrities tend to”.
The body language expert added: “Sometimes they use the clasp in the way that celebrities tend to, with Meghan walking slightly behind while Harry places his hand on top in a signal of being in control of that particular situation.
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She continued, saying: “Meghan and Harry also use the meshed fingered clasp, where their fingers are evenly intertwined. This is the most intimate hand clasp and a much more even one. It signals a deep desire for closeness and it is often the first one to go when a couple have been together for a long time.”
In contrast, Prince William and Kate Middleton tend to refrain from showing affection while out in public, as they do not feel they need “to show their love” to the world, according to body language expert Robin Kermode.
He told MailOnline: “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.”
He added: “They come across as a strong, independent couple and while they are always on show, they do not feel the need to ‘show’ their love for each other to the world.”
There is no actual royal protocol that says that members of the family must refrain from PDA, but it’s believed that many choose not to show affection in order to remain professional when representing the monarchy.
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