The Meaning Behind Meghan Markle’s Adorable Gesture With Prince Harry

Media outlets have been buzzing ever since news broke about the engagement of Prince Harry and Suits actress Meghan Markle. And now, the two are married, earning the titles Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

One thing some have noticed is that Markle has been seen doing a sweet gesture. Further exploration of the couple’s body language reveals a beautiful glimpse into their relationship.

Here’s the meaning behind Meghan Markle’s adorable gesture with Prince Harry (page 5). We’ll also take a look at their most adorable moments together as a couple.

The look of love

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce the engagement.

Their love looks genuine — never forced. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry only have eyes for each other. They can be seen looking longingly at each other in many of the photos taken of them together. And in their first appearance together after their engagement was announced, they can’t seem to take their eyes off each other. It’s as if they’re both in their own little world, and the interviewer is just visiting. The look of love can definitely be seen in their eyes.

Next: What this appearance told the public.

Their body language

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce the engagement.

They can’t stop smiling and holding hands. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The public got a peek into the couple’s relationship during their first official public appearance in 2017.  It was obvious the lovebirds were happy and delighted to be together. The cameras often caught them holding hands, touching each other’s arm, or standing close to each other. The royals tend to be reserved, so some were surprised to see this type of display.

Next: Here’s how Harry popped the big question.

The engagement

Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement.

They didn’t need a super flashy engagement. | Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Considering their body language, it’s no surprise the pair got engaged after almost a year and a half of dating. Markle says Prince Harry proposed to her while they were enjoying a quiet evening at home. Prince Harry told BBC News the actress was so excited that she barely let him finish the proposal. “It was just an amazing surprise. It was so sweet, and natural, and very romantic,” said Markle.

Next: Harry had a crush on Markle long before they actually met.

Harry had a crush on Markle for two years

Prince Harry smiling and laughing while sitting in an office.

Prince Harry had his eye on Meghan Markle even before they met. | Giphy

As if Harry and Markle weren’t already the cutest couple ever, their love story kicks it up another notch. Royal expert Katie Nicholl revealed that Harry had a crush on Markle for two years before they actually met.

“He had a crush on [Markle’s character] Rachel Zane two years before he met Meghan and the reason I know is because I was having drinks with one of his friends,” Nicholl said. “She told me she’d been on a night out with Prince Harry. He was single at the time, so she said, ‘Harry, who’s your ideal girl?’ And he said ‘Meghan Markle from Suits.’”

Next: It was like fate and cupid were on both of their sides.

The moment they met seemed like fate

This is a side by side picture of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Left: Prince Harry | Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images, Right: Meghan Markle |Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

We’re sure Harry’s heart skipped a beat when he saw his dream girl in real life. They met in Toronto while Harry was launching the Invictus Games in May 2017. This just so happens to be the same city in which Suits is filmed, so they were bound to cross paths eventually.

Us Weekly reports, “They had gotten on when they first met but it was just as friends.” It didn’t take long for them to develop “romantic interests in each other and, before you knew it, they were texting every day.”

Next: The gesture and what body experts say it means.

The gesture

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry pose for the public and photographers.

She wants to be comforted by his tough. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

When love is new and exciting, it’s common to see couples touching each other a lot. This is no different for Markle and Prince Harry. There is one move Markle can be seen doing often when she’s with Prince Harry. She has a habit of gently placing her hand on Prince Harry’s back. Markle could also be seen doing this sweet gesture during their engagement announcement. Body language experts say this gesture is a protective move and a sign of affection.

Next: Why touch is crucial in every healthy relationship.

Why touch is so powerful

Prince Harry touches Meghan Markle's back while having a conversation.

The little things matter. | Matt Dunham/WPA Pool/Getty Images

No matter what stage a relationship is in, touch is very powerful. Touch is necessary for a couple to connect and grow closer. How much you and your partner touch is often an indication of the state of your relationship. Psychology Today columnist Aaron Ben-Zeév said touch and relationship satisfaction are linked. “Touch plays a crucial role in generating and enhancing love. People feel more satisfied in a relationship in which physical affection is a significant part,” said Ben-Zeév in his column.

Next: Touch is only one of five love languages.

Love languages

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Invictus Games.

They seem to have it all figured out. | Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation

Touch is also one of the five love languages. If you’re in a relationship with someone who needs touch to feel loved, the more touching the better. In The 5 Love Languages, author Gary D. Chapman says people receive and understand love through acts of service, touch, receiving gifts, quality time, and words of affirmation. Generally, an individual has three main love languages.

Next: Communication is also key.

Building a lasting relationship

Meghan Markle holds Prince Harry's hand while they sit together and laugh.

Their love is obvious to everyone. | WPA Pool/Pool

Touch isn’t the only important part of building a strong relationship. How you and your partner communicate and respond to each other’s needs is also key. Psychologist John Gottman found that seemingly innocent exchanges can a have a profound impact on the health of a relationship. He asserts these exchanges, which he calls bids, can more accurately predict the success or failure of a relationship than arguments.

Next: Their most adorable moments as a couple.

A fan confirmed how genuine they both are

Prince Harry is smiling and wearing a suit in a gymnasium.

Prince Harry  and Meghan Markle have both been praised for being genuine. | Joe Giddens/WPA Pool / Getty Images

Fans will always tell the truth if a celebrity or royal they meet isn’t as genuine as they let on. Luckily one royal fan, Camilla Vasquez, confirmed that both Harry and Markle are just as kind as they appear, and said “they are wonderful together.”

Vasquez got the chance to meet Harry at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, after already having met Markle, and gushed about both experiences. “I met [Markle] when she was filming Suits near my school,” Vasquez said. “She’s like him — very kind and genuine. They are both caring and care [about] humanitarian issues and social issues. Harry proved that by being here today.”

Next: They can’t stop gushing about each other.

Markle comments about Harry in the media

Meghan Markle posing in a yellow and black dress.

They seem to get along effortlessly. | Mike McGregor/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald

Any time the media asks Markle about their relationship, she can’t help but gush about her beau. In the October 2017 issue of Vanity Fair, Markle gave us a look into their relationship:

We’re two people who are really happy and in love. We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people’s perception. Nothing about me changed. I’m still the same person that I am, and I’ve never defined myself by my relationship.

Next: We never thought we’d see the day.

Markle helped Harry grow up

Harry Styles dancing in a crowd.

The party boy was ready to settle down for Meghan Markle. | Giphy

At one time, it seemed like Harry might never settle down. Since his teen years, he’s jumped from one relationship to the next, clearly struggling to find “the one.” A source at E! News revealed early on that “Harry is more serious [about Meghan] than he ever has been about a woman before.” Clearly.

Next: Harry wouldn’t let these nasty comments about Markle slide.

Harry stuck up for Markle against the media

Meghan Markle sitting and talking.

He put his reputation on the line to defend her. | Giphy

Markle was, unfortunately, the subject of harassment once she started dating Harry. Lines were crossed when Markle was put on blast on the front page of a national newspaper, which included “the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.”

This was mentioned in a statement released by the communications secretary to Harry, in addition to noting that he was worried about her safety. The statement also read that he was “deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.”

Next: They’re just like any other couple.

They go on low-key dates

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Invictus Games.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle don’t do flashy dates. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation

Despite constantly being in the public eye as a high-profile royal couple, Harry and Markle manage to squeeze in low-key dates around London. They went to the Soho House with a group of friends, picked out a Christmas tree together, and attended a production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Gielgud Theater.

They’ve definitely proven to be a real couple who is “happy and in love,” and they enjoy spending every moment they can together.

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Additional reporting by Chelsea Leary.

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