Royal RULE-BREAKERS: Meghan and Harry have inspired THIS huge change in William and Kate

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Royal RULE-BREAKERS: Meghan and Harry have inspired THIS huge change in William and Kate

EVER since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot, William and Kate have been acting noticeably different around each other, and experts think the younger couple have inspired the change.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been more touchy-feely in recent months, apparently taking cues from the more overtly affectionate Duke and Duchess of Sussex. According to body language expert Judi James, William and Kate are now less concerned with the rules and appear happier and more relaxed. For example, during this weekend’s Armistice commemorations, Prince William put his arm around his wife’s back in what is a big change from their usual reserved public interactions.

The Royal couples at a Remembrance Sunday service Image GETTY
The Royal couples at a Remembrance Sunday service Image GETTY

Ms James said: “It’s unusual to see William taking the lead in terms of public touch rituals with Kate, but on Remembrance Sunday he performed this back-touch ritual, even splaying his thumb out to signal a rather protective form of affection.

“These small touches appear to have had an effect on the couple’s other body language signals.

“Now that they are less obsessed with keeping to their more formal, non-tactile ‘rules’ they tend to look happier and more relaxed together too.”

Similarly, last month the Duchess of Cambridge was seen leaning over a wide space to place her hand on her husband’s knee during a visit to Coach Core in Essex, described as a “very strong signal of affection” by Ms James.

The couple were even seen holding hands at the wedding of Princess Eugenie inside St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

The Duchess of Cambridge reaches out to touch her husbands leg Image GETTY
The Duchess of Cambridge reaches out to touch her husbands leg Image GETTY

They also broke their usual protocol with a thigh-touch and back-touch at the wedding.

Previously, intimate gestures were saved for family photos or the moment when Royal couples arrived on the steps of the hospital after giving birth.

This change has been down to the influence of newlyweds Harry and Meghan, who have been indulging in increasingly frequent public displays of affection.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK