Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have no doubt changed the face of the royal family in a big way, having embraced a warmer, more touchy-feely attitude when out and about in public.
And their public displays of affection have so far been in direct contrast with brother Prince William and his wife Catherine, who normally prefer to take a more subtle, subdued approach to their relationship when out on official engagements.
But it seems that now, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been taking a leaf out of the newlywed Sussexes book – with more displays of affection in public than they’ve exhibited in years.
During their recent appearances, it’s easy to see that Catherine and William have been much more tactile then ever before.
For example, during their recent Remembrance Day service at Westminster Abbey, the Duke of Cambridge was seen placing a gentle hand on Catherine’s back as they left the church – a gesture very similar to one Harry often does to Meghan.
And at Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding, the couple – who recently welcomed their third child – even appeared to be holding hands as they sat down in the church.
William and Catherine also headed to a Coach Core event in Basildon last month, where the Duchess of Cambridge placed a tender hand on her husband’s knee as they watched a game together.
While the royal couple haven’t been seen holding hands, as Harry and Meghan do very often, it looks as though they may well have been inspired by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to be slightly more affectionate when out and about.
Body language expert Judi James told the Daily Mail, “Normally it’s a younger sibling that will mimic or mirror the older, but in Harry and William’s case it seems to be William taking his lead from his younger brother and his wife.
“Now that Meghan has joined The Firm, her own determinedly tactile behavior with Harry does seem to have had a profound ‘echo’ effect on William and Kate’s rituals.”
Since they married in 2011, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have largely refrained from PDA’s. But it’s thought that there’s a good reason behind their more constrained demeanour.
Royal etiquette expert Myka Meier, explained previously that it’s mostly down to the fact that the couple like to keep their public life professional.
She revealed to People magazine that as representatives of the monarch, William and Catherine often opt to keep their relationship a little more separate, when on official work engagements.
Myka said, “The likely reasoning is more that while traveling on a tour… technically the couple are working representatives of British Monarchy. The couple are likely to show very little PDA, if any, to remain professional during their designated roles abroad.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex appear to be very much re-writing the royal rule-book when it comes to conducting themselves in public however – holding hands, linking arms and in general being very affectionate no matter what engagement they’re on.
It’s thought that the more formal way of doing things stems back to the Queen, and how she and Prince Philip interact in public.
However they chose to present their relationship when out and about, it’s clear that pretty much all the royal couples, including Catherine and William, are very much in love.