The Real Reason For Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Recent PDA

They are a mega-popular couple amongst royal fans, however, Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton are extremely reserved in public when it comes to showing their love and affection for one another. Though the Cambridges have been a couple (with a few brief breakups) since 2001, and they’ve been wed since 2011 — it’s not often that we see them kiss, hug, or embrace.

When they bring their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis out to public events — it’s evident that the duke and duchess are loving and affectionate parents. However, unlike Duchess Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Middleton and Prince William prefer to keep their hands to themselves when it’s just the two of them.

Since they have long-abided by Queen Elizabeth’s rule of restraint when it comes to PDA, many royal fans were shocked to see the pair getting a lot more handsy and loving with one another recently.

Inside Prince William and Kate Middleton’s recent PDA

Recently, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated the staffers who run their mental health crisis line, Shout. The service was launched just six months ago, and it offers free and confidential mental health support via text to anyone who may be in need. On Nov. 12, Prince William and Kate Middleton gathered at the Troubadour White City Theatre for a meet and greet.

Royal fans were stunned to see the prince gently rubbing his wife’s back as they greeted people. Though they’ve never been known to go overboard with PDA like the Sussexes, it seems that the Cambridges are letting their guard down just a little with the public. It looks like they’re learning from their in-laws who are trying to weather the storm of the spotlight.

Senior royals are advised not to engage in PDA

Though we’ve seen Meghan Markle and Prince Harry smooch, hold hands, and gaze at one another, there is no actual royal protocol that outright bans PDA. Royal etiquette expert Myka Meier told People,

Senior members of the royal family would likely not be told how to interact or when they can or cannot show PDA and would be trusted to use their better judgment as to when it’s appropriate. The royals often adjust PDA to mirror the formality of the event they are attending.

However, Queen Elizabeth hates anything that could be perceived as vulgar, so she requests that all couples refrain from interacting in that way. Body language expert Robin Kermode explained, “The Queen rarely holds hands with her husband in public and this seems to have set an unwritten precedent for the other royals.”

Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton are trying to define their own path as top royals

Though they will never be locking lips like Markle and Prince Harry — Prince William and Kate Middleton will eventually be king and Queen Consort one day and they have to define what that looks like for themselves. There is still a sense of royal decorum for the couple, but they also don’t want to be stiff. Still, Kermode suggest that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge aren’t all about PDA to begin with. He revealed,

 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. 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.

It’s interesting to watch these two adjust the rules just a bit.