Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, visited New York City in September for a packed schedule of public engagements. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were pictured holding hands and putting their arms around one other’s shoulders during the visit.
The trip was their first major public outing since Meghan gave birth to the couple’s second child, Lilibet Diana, in June. The Sussexes visited the 9/11 memorial, and Meghan read from her book, ‘The Bench’ at a local school.
The pair also attended the Global Citizen Live concert, where they called for the more equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccine doses across the world. The couple’s close interactions during the tour were typical of their “genuine” relationship, according to US-based body language expert Blanca Cobb.
She told Express.co.uk that Harry’s tactile interactions with Meghan don’t adhere to the Royal Family’s “rules” for showing affection in public. She said: “Even though he’s royalty, as we know, he bins those rules when it comes to PDA [public displays of affection].”
While there is not an official code of conduct for PDA between royals, etiquette dictates that couples adapt their behavior to the formality of the occasion. Ms. Cobb said: “Sometimes with the Royal Family, it’s more appropriate not to show so much public affection.