British Citizens Are Apparently Irritated by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Hand-Holding

Apparently, Queen Elizabeth isn’t the only one against royal PDA. Some recent reports suggest that British citizens have had enough of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s constant hand-holding, back-rubbing, and overall public displays of affection.

In the royal family, it’s fairly uncommon for senior royals to show up to events hand-in-hand. In fact, the queen has specific rules regarding clinginess (and they aren’t in favor of it). However, it’s something that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex almost always do. But while some praise the parents-to-be for their lovey-dovey tendencies, others warn that it could harm their reputation.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle holding hands.
British citizens have had enough of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s PDA. | Samir Hussein/WireImage

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could damage their reputation

According to The Sun, a relationship expert and family lawyer has concerns about how the public perceives the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s — particularly, Meghan Markle — outward affection. “Sheela Mackintosh-Stewart said that the constant hand-holding is beginning to ‘irritate’ the British public,” the publication reports.

“This image is overshadowing Meghan’s extensive charity work and per patronage of the Grenfell Tower cookery book in September,” Mackintosh-Stewart told Express. “Modesty can translate to quiet authority and this is a powerful tool for winning over the public,” she added.  

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hold hands at an event.
Hand-holding goes against royal rules. | Karwai Tang/WireImage

Meghan Markle has struggled with the royal spotlight … and her PDA hasn’t helped her

The Duchess of Sussex might not be the only one showing affection (Prince Harry is equally as lovey, often offering his hand or arm to escort her). However, the way she treats her husband in public — especially while on royal engagements — could cause more harm to her than Prince Harry.

Meghan Markle has experienced some difficulties in her transition to royal publicity and Mackintosh-Stewart believes that the duchess’ behavior hasn’t helped her. “Senior royals never hold their spouses’ hands whilst on public royal duties, a tradition that Meghan and Harry rejected to the irritation of many,” she told Express. “It is unwise to pander to naysayers, but given the strength of backlash, it would be wise to take heed and keep hand holding to a minimum. Sometimes less is more,” she added.

In addition to holding Prince Harry’s hand, Meghan Markle often rubs his back, has her arm around him, and has even kissed her royal prince at an official engagement. While it doesn’t seem like the biggest deal, some of the British public is appalled by her behavior, which doesn’t help her efforts to win them over.

Royal relationship rules

According to royal relationship rules, hand holding and any other type of PDA is highly inappropriate. That’s why we rarely see Prince William and Kate Middleton walk hand-in-hand. In fact, the two typically keep a distance between themselves and act in a more professional manner when greeting the public on a walkabout or representing the queen on official business.

The reason Prince Harry and Meghan Markle likely get away with breaking this royal relationship rule probably has something to do with their spot in line to the British throne. Since Prince Harry is sixth in line, he doesn’t have the same constraints as Prince William, who will one day become king.

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