Meghan and Harry break with royal convention at Commonwealth reception

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their fourth public appearance together since their May 19th wedding on Thursday night, as they attended the 'Your Commonwealth' reception at Malborough House.

The couple and their guests made the most of the summer sun with the outdoor event, where Prince Harry delivered a speech to the awaiting crowd.

But whilst arriving at the important royal reception, Meghan and Harry also broke with normal royal convention, for one of the first times since their wedding in May.

As the couple walked to the reception together, they held hands, in a sweet public display of affection.

It’s something the Duke and Duchess were well known for before their Spring nuptials, regularly holding hands as they headed to various royal engagements around the UK.

However, since they married, the couple appear to have refrained from doing so, during most of the official royal events they’ve attended.

During a Buckingham Palace garden party days after their wedding, the pair opted not to hold hands – however, they did put on an adorable display, holding each other’s arms often.

They pair did hold hands briefly at Royal Ascot – although this is considered to be a fun, society event, rather than a royal engagement.

And during a recent Commonwealth Young Leaders event with the Queen, the pair decided against all public displays of affection, out of respect for the monarch.

So the couple’s sweet hand-holding at Thursday night’s royal reception was likely a comfortable return to normality for Meghan and Harry – who are undeniably still in the honeymoon phase of their relationship.

The Duke and Duchess’ public conduct is still pretty different to that of Catherine and William’s. Through their entire relationship, the pair have been close and touchy-feely. However, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have largely kept that side of their relationship behind closed doors – even days after their own wedding.

At Thursday’s Commonwealth event, Meghan Markle continued to wow fashion fans however, with a very apt, bright yellow Brandon Maxwell dress, perfect for the summer evening.

She paired the dress with some Manolo Blahnik heels, and minimal jewellery.

Meghan’s light and bright dress was a departure from her recent regal looks. Since marrying Prince Harry, the Duchess has usually opted for more muted, neutral outfits.

Many royal commentators have speculated that Meghan is attempting to fit into her new family with maintaining a more demure style in order not to upstage the Queen – who famously favours bright colours.

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