Prince William has been married to Kate Middleton for nearly a decade now! Wow. But things have changed for them fairly recently. Does it have anything to do with the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?
Ups And Downs
William and Kate had gone through a lot of ups and downs before they tied the knot at long last. They had been students at the University of St. Andrews when they met. He first noticed the charming young lady at a charity fashion show!
At Long Last
When they started to go out, they had many things to overcome. She was thrust into the spotlight and lodged a complaint about the harassment. It even led to their break up in 2007. They later got back together and got married at Westminster Abbey a decade after their first meeting.
The Married Life
The two of them decided to start a new chapter of their lives together. They began their own family with the birth of George in 2013. Despite this, Kate and William have never been that physically affectionate.
There is a reason they are not very touchy. For one thing, they are almost always at work. They do not think it is proper to be touchy-feely at work. When the cameras are there, you won’t see much PDA.
“The Duke and Duchess are almost always seen in photographs taken during official engagements, so they are at ‘work,’ and it would be unprofessional to hold hands,” HELLO!’s Emily Nash explained during a 2017 interview. She also said, “They also need to shake hands with a huge number of people as they meet them, so aside from being on duty, it wouldn’t be very practical!”
Sporting Events Are Different
“We know [the Duke and Duchess] are very affectionate and that sometimes comes across during more lighthearted moments, at sporting events or similar, but you wouldn’t expect them to put that on show while in more formal situations,” another one said. This was taken during the 2012 London Olympics.
New Couple In Town
In 2017, it felt like something changed for William and Kate. But what could it be? Some believe that the dynamic change has to do with the relationship between Harry and Meghan. Let us see if this was really true.
Harry And Meghan
Now, there is no way you have never seen a photo of the new couple in town holding hands. In July 2018, this photo of their intense lip-lock was taken at a polo match. Most people were thrilled!
A Fresh Modern Approach
“Meghan and Prince Harry holding hands at a royal engagement is a refreshingly modern approach to their new role both as a couple and as representatives of the royal family,” Myka Meier let People know.
She claimed that PDA is simply a matter of preference for each couple and is also likely dependent on the nature of the event.” Charles and Camilla lock hands often but “a more serious engagement would warrant a more serious level of professionalism, which each royal is sure to follow.”
Professionalism is very important. Sally Bedell-Smith said in Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life that the Queen and Prince Philip do not have a showy relationship: “In the manner of the upper class, neither of them were physically demonstrative.”
In October 2018, William and Kate were able to surprise just about everyone out there by showing lots of PDA. At the time, the Duchess had only finished her maternity leave after giving birth to Prince Louis.
Quite Unusual For The Pair
Prince William and Kate attended the Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit held in London. Many took note of the way he placed his hand on her back and leg. Yes, royal fans are very observant people!
A couple of days later, they went to the wedding of his cousin, Princess Eugenie. They were noticeably affectionate. Kirsten Aiken took to Twitter to update us all: “Commentary team oohs and aahs over an apparently rare PDA by William and Kate (mind you, they’re only holding hands!).”
A body language interpreter called Jud James said, “They managed to outdo Harry and Meghan here.” She also told Daily Mirror, “Kate reached across to place a hand on the arm of her husband’s chair, and he put his own hand over it in a very romantic gesture.”
“Kate seems to have increased in confidence here at their first public outing together since the birth, and William is unusually tactile, flashing some sweet “pinging” smiles at his wife to suggest he’s incredibly pleased to have her back at his side,” she also told Daily Express.
But why were they acting this way all of a sudden? An article in Daily Mirror claimed that it might have been “prompted by the very tactile displays from Harry and Meghan.” What do you think?
Hoping To Shine Brighter
Some thought that they were getting competitive now that there was a new couple in town. After Princess Eugenie got hitched, it was suggested that William and Kate tried to outdo Harry and Meghan.
There were rumors regarding the couples. In 2018, tabloids and gossip magazines said that the two ladies had a discussion They say it was about the bridesmaid dress for Princess Charlotte and that Kate wound up crying , but good thing they worked it all out now!
The supposed sitaution even made it to the headlines. In November 2018, the press reported that Harry and Meghan had plans to leave Kensington Palace. An unknown source told the Daily Mail that this change was prompted by a discussion between the two ladies.
Not Getting Along
Later that month, one source informed The Sun that the issue was actually with the brothers. This guy said that the princes were the ones who just could not get along. So which was it?
From Different Worlds
A “close friend of the Cambridges” claimed that the women do not get along. This person even said, “Kate and Meghan are very different people. They don’t really get on.” It is not all that surprising, right?
Behind Closed Doors
Despite all these reports and claims, the truth is that only the royals know about it. Kensington Place does not tell us everything that goes on. This is why most reports are about body language and PDA.
Bonding Between Ladies
Look below. This was taken when they got together for 2018 Christmas. Kate and Meghan look happy at the time. “See how they’re laughing [and] how they’re all walking in sync?” Patti Wood informed Marie Claire, “It’s really difficult to do that if you really, really don’t like somebody.”
The Significance Of Accessories
Can you believe that even accessories are meaningful when it comes to stuff like this? If the bag is near their partner, it probably means that they are distancing themselves from their spouse for now.
A Good Sign
Take a look at the Duchess of Cambridge here. Instead of linking hands with William, she kept her bag in the space between them. This is good for Meghan, as it means that nothing is between the two ladies!
Making An Effort
No doubt, Kate was putting in the effort to get along with Meghan. As you can see, the Duchess of Cambridge chose to be more accessible to Meghan than William in this photo! Aren’t you glad to see it?
In 2019, the supposed rifts between the two ladies made headlines. In fact, it even caught the attention of Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson herself! Let us find out what the Duchess of York had to say about this issue.
In the past, the Duchess of York was compared very often to Princess Diana. She has decided to discuss this matter with Hello magazine. In an open letter, she said, “It seems that online, anything goes.”
Pitting Women Against Each Other
“Women, in particular, are constantly pitted against and compared with [one another] in a way that reminds me of how people tried to portray Diana and me all the time as rivals, which is something neither of us ever really felt,” Fergie said. She went on, “People feel licensed to say things online that they would never dream of saying to someone’s face. And that encourages others to pile in.”
No Concrete Evidence
Take note that we have honestly not seen evidence for any tension between Meghan and Kate or Harry and William. Keep in mind that there are times when people just make up stories as they go!
Another Royal Couple
There is one more royal couple we should not forget about. Camilla and Charles are quite fond of PDA as well. They even appeared on the Vanity Fair cover page in December 2018. She had her hand on his leg in the photo!
Some Tweaks To The Rules
Apart from that, a lot of people speculate that Charles would stray from tradition when it is time for him to take over the throne. It sounds like the Royal family is now warming up to current mores and norms.
“Times have changed. Charles is still so besotted with Camilla – even after all these years – that it would be hard for him not to show his natural affection,” Penny Junor said when she was interviewed by Good Housekeeping.
And The Award Goes To
Despite all of this, there is no doubt that Harry and Meghan are the most showy couple the royal family has at the moment. When they went on an Australasian tour, they remained as touchy as always.
Harry did not even hesitate to hold her hand when they attended this tour. Of course, they clapped politely during the events. Even when she did that, Meghan chose not to take her arm away from his!
We actually adore it, but not everyone feels the same way about it. “For the love of God, could they stop holding hands? They’re not on a date, they’re carrying out official business!” one Mumsnet user said.
Growing Even Closer
James suggested that the new closeness between Kate and William happened thanks to the birth of their third child. “Their smiles together have changed, and their affection and love signals are much more intense and open than ever before, suggesting the birth of their third child has somehow thrown them back into the honeymoon stage,” she said when she spoke to Daily Express.
Not Just Them
The two of them are not the only ones to get closer after having a child. Meghan and Harry still look very in love in public. They even shared a private moment when they visited the Whakarewarewa Forest during the royal tour. Here is the lovely photo that Prince Harry took of Meghan. How sweet is that?
Thanks To The Kids
We do not think that anything will work better to bring a couple even closer. The addition of a baby worked for both William and Kate as well as Harry and Meghan! Babies are truly magical.
Doesn’t Mean Anything
While Prince William and Kate have always been more reserved, there is no doubt that they are in love. A relationship might not have much PDA, but this is not exactly uncommon even among commoners.
Over 70 Years
If you want an example, let us redirect you to Prince Philip and the Queen. They almost never touch in public, but they are still happily together seven decades later. We do not need more evidence than this!
The Kids Included
It might not be all that common for them to be touchy, but does the same thing apply to parents and kids? While it is not always the same, parents do not get too affectionate with their little ones either.
Parents And Kids
It is not all that different now either. When the Queen and Prince Philip returned after traveling for a few months, they only greeted Prince Charles with a handshake. He was only 5 years old back then!
This was what made Princess Diana so special. The ex-wife of Prince Charles was someone who liked to get involved in the lives of her kids. She liked spending time with them and was applauded for this.
Diana was simply good with kids. She knelt down to look them in the face while talking to them. Ingrid Seward from Majesty said, “Their smiles together have changed, and their affection and love signals are much more intense and open than ever before, suggesting the birth of their third child has somehow thrown them back into the honeymoon stage.” She also said, “The royal family used to say that everyone had to be deferential to them. But Diana said, ‘If someone [could] be nervous of you, or you’re speaking to a very young child or a sick person, get yourself on their level.’”
With Their Children
Just so you know, Kate and William are both affectionate with the kids in public. They have no issues carrying, holding, touching, and playing with the little angels. This photo was taken in 2017. You can see the entire family laughing together at the Trooping the Color ceremony! Aww.
We are glad to hear that William and Kate are very open with the kids. In 2017, William had this to say to CALMzine: “Catherine and I are clear that we want both George and Charlotte to grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions and feelings.”
Communication Is Key
“Over the past year, [Kate and I] have visited a number of schools together where we have been amazed listening to children talk about some quite difficult subjects in a really clear and emotionally articulate way – something most adults would struggle with,” the Duke went on. No doubt, it is serious for him.
Prince William also said, “Seeing [these children] has really given me hope that things are changing and that there is a generation coming up who find it normal to talk openly about their emotions. Emotional intelligence is key for us all to deal with the complexities of life and relationships.”
Just Be Kids
For sure, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will talk to the kids about PDA when they reach a certain age in the future. At the moment, they will simply let the children be children.
Kate and Meghan’s relationship was quite fragile. Meghan thought Kate would welcome her into the Royal family with open arms, but sadly that isn’t exactly what happened.
A Third Baby
Meghan joined the family when Kate was pregnant with Louis, her and William’s third child. Kate must have been so caught up in the birth of her son, she failed to realize she was supposed to be Meghan’s guide into mastering the art of becoming a royal.
It seems that the family is getting along just fine. They take photoshoots as a big clan every few months. Everyone is always grinning from ear to ear. Take a look at Prince Charles and Prince Louis’ hilarious interaction.
Each year, Kate and William put together a Christmas card with the help of the Royal family photographer. Their children stay out of the public eye, so this gives us a look into their private lives.
The Official Account
The Royals recently took a trip- this sweet photo was taken of Prince William and his adorable three children. The monarchy posted this photo on their Instagram account.
The Most Recent
This photo was taken during Christmastime in 2019. Prince George is 6 and Queen Elizabeth is 93! This is the most recent public photograph on the Internet of the family.
Princess Charlotte is thoroughly enjoying private school with her brother. This sweet photo was taken of the siblings on their first day of school in September. Their little uniforms are too cute!
Do you think it is true that William and Kate got touchier thanks to Meghan and Harry? If so, there are things the latter could learn from the former too. Maybe they need some parenting tips in exchange!
Harry and Meghan have adopted the technique that his mother used to employ with kids before. We are talking about none other than that “kneeling to meet a child at their eye level” technique! How nice.
A Child Of Their Own
Prince Harry and Meghan interacted with a lot of kids when they toured Australia. Perhaps this was their opportunity to see what kind of parents they would be like. We hope they remain as touchy even with a child in the household!
Although all of the people criticizing their every move must have been really hard, they acted like professionals. No matter how hard it got, they always acted very professional in public.
No matter the issue they were facing, Meghan and Harry always stood united. Their love for each other was quite evident. Although William was worried about Meghan’s role in the family, she is fitting in just fine.
He’s The Problem
A source said, “He will brook no criticism of Meghan and he is so sensitive he often sees criticism or negativity where there isn’t any.” Many critics blame Harry for all of the drama surrounding the new woman in the family.
Some people claim that since Harry wasn’t able to protect his mom, he makes sure to protect his wife. Diana received just as many criticisms as Meghan, if not more. Harry couldn’t do anything for his mom, so he tries to step in for Meghan.
A Popular Hat
How sweet is this photo of Harry and baby Archie on the couple’s recent trip to Canada? After this photo was posted on social media, Archie’s hat sold out in England and the U.S.!
Back To Work
Harry and Meghan are excited beyond belief to be the parents of little baby Archie. The 8-month-old is the light of their eyes. All firs-time parents know how they feel!
Meghan is going back to her acting days but in a different role this time. She has just signed a deal with Disney and will do voiceover work for the company! Instead of receiving pay, she’ll donate the money to the organization Elephants Without Borders.
Love Is Love
Harry and Meghan prove to us all that love is love. No matter your background, how much money you have, or what country you’re from, a connection is a connection. These two make a wonderful couple and we couldn’t be happier for them!