Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were on uncle and aunt duty at Prince Louis’ christening today in London. The couple, who just tied the knot in May, joined members of the royal family and the Middleton family in celebrating Prince William and Kate Middleton’s youngest child.
Though the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not selected as godparents, they showed their support at the event and arrived behind the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who held onto their three children (including Prince George and Princess Charlotte). Harry and Meghan held onto each other as they first stepped into the corridor.
The couple was seen walking hand in hand as they made their entrance, but the PDA was short-lived as they went on to shake hands with greeters outside the chapel. The hand-holding is obviously nothing new for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (or any couple), who have been openly showing affection on official appearances since they got engaged in November.
The couple’s PDA moments have been getting a lot of attention lately, especially after the two noticeably refrained from holding hands in at the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards two weeks ago. The event was a formal one at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Queen, and “as such, it was not the appropriate forum for Harry and Meghan to be laying on the PDA,” royal commentator Victoria Arbiter previously told BAZAAR.com.
“There will of course be engagements in the future in which hand holding and affection is perfectly acceptable,” Arbiter added, but at the time, “the couple showed the dignity and respect such an occasion affords.”
However, at their following official event—the Your Commonwealth Youth Challenge—the two were seen holding hands again since the occasion was less formal. And because today’s christening wasn’t exactly an official royal engagement, there was likely less pressure for the couple to hold back from PDA.
As usual, Markle looked chic for today’s event, dressed in a monochrome olive green look by Ralph Lauren with a Stephen Jones hat.
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