Are you an Anglophile who finds the British royal family endlessly fascinating? You're not alone. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are embracing new love, and experts are weighing in on the couple's body language. In contrast to the reserved public behavior of Harry's older brother Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, Harry and Meghan frequently hold hands, walk arm in arm, rub each other’s backs, and even kiss in public. During the Invictus Games, their engagement interview, and last week's World AIDS Day walkabout in Nottingham, the couple seemed comfortable with public displays of affection.
Royal etiquette expert Myka Meier talked to HuffPost about the two royal couples' different styles when it comes to public feels.
As a royal couple, you can see how Meghan and Prince Harry’s outgoing personalities, modern outlook and big hearts will be on display when they meet the public. It is actually simply is a matter of preference for each couple. Every royal is clearly trusted to make their own judgment calls to what they think is appropriate.
Meier emphasized that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in the public eye mostly when they're engaged in "official duties," which leaves little room for flagrant PDA. And William is next in line for the throne, while his younger brother is sixth, so Harry and Meghan may feel freer to be affectionate — as long as they are respectful.
William has always seemed the more reserved of the two, perhaps naturally since he’s the eldest and presumed next in line. He has the greatest responsibility as a Royal and it shows. Kate is every bit his refined and (at least publicly) reserved counterpart.— Donny Dumpty (@SayNo2Dumpy) December 9, 2017
I think William was brought up a little stricter than Harry because he will be the King one day just like the queen was and her sister Margaret was less conforming,I think its formed William's personality to show less affection in public because he may not want ppl to see— Anoni M.Lincoln (@sine_nomine88) December 9, 2017
Body language expert Traci Brown took the time to compare the two couples' behavior during their respective engagement interviews.
We see two really different emotion levels with these two interviews. Harry and Meghan are attached at the hip and totally OK showing affection. With William and Kate, there’s tenderness and love, but they clearly don’t think it’s OK to show real magnetism.
Looks like young love to me.. Give it time and they'll mature into the non-hand holding phase— Topher Nugent (@tophernugent) December 9, 2017
Americans are generally much more outgoing and are OK with showing emotions and are into doing their own thing. Brits are known to be a little more stuffy, though Harry bucks the trend. Marrying an American seems like a perfect match.
Princes William and Harry are so open with the public ― it shows that they were raised that way. More than ever, we are seeing a side of the royal family that is so lovable and open and I think that makes them the perfect royal family representatives to lead future generations.