THE DUKE and Duchess of Sussex are well known for their public displays of affection (PDA), with the couple frequently pictured embracing but they are not breaking protocol, according to Royal expert Myka Meier.
She explained how the level of PDA on display is largely up to the individual Royals. However, they are required to show restrains in the presence of The Queen. Ms Meier is a New York based etiquette expert who takes a keen interest in the Royals.
She told PEOPLE: “Senior members of the Royal family would likely not be told how to interact or when they can or cannot show PDA.
“The Royals often adjust the level of PDA to mirror the formality of the event they are attending.
“At a sombre or more formal event, we are less likely to see PDA than at a casual event where it would be deemed more fitting.”
Thus as long as the occasion is appropriate the Royals are free to display PDA.
Meghan and Harry do this regularly, and have been seen putting hands on each others thighs or backs.
The Duchess of Cambridge was also spotted putting her hand on Prince William’s thigh during the wedding of Princess Eugenie in October.
Mike Tindall was photographed placing a hand on the bottom of his wife, Zara Tindall, at a horse riding event in August.
However. whilst this surprised many, it did not represent a direct breach of Royal protocol.
Other Royals are expected to behave modestly in front of The Queen, and tend to abide by this rule.
The Queen is noticeably more reserved about displaying her affections in public, though she is sometimes pictured holding hands with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh.
In certain situations some PDA between Royals is actively encouraged.
Meghan, Kate and Princess Diana have all kissed their partners as they gave them awards at charity polo matches.
Since the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana has become traditional for the newly married Royal couple to publicly kiss.
This convention was maintained at the weddings of Prince William, Prince Harry and most recently Princess Eugenie.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK