Friday 26 May 2017

The real reason why Kate Middleton and Prince William don't hold hands in public

Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal India Tour Day Seven: for her iconic shot at the Taj Mahal, Kate wore a dress by Naeem Khan and a pair of earrings she purchased at a market in Bhutan for less than €10.
Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal India Tour Day Seven: for her iconic shot at the Taj Mahal, Kate wore a dress by Naeem Khan and a pair of earrings she purchased at a market in Bhutan for less than €10.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose next to a prayer wheel on the trek up to Tiger's Nest during a visit to Bhutan on the 15th April 2016 in Thimphu, Bhutan. The Royal couple are visiting Bhutan as part of a week long visit to India and Bhutan that has taken in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kaziranga, Bhutan and Agra. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walk in front of the Taj Mahal on April 16, 2016 in Agra, India. This is the last engagement of the Royal couple after a week long visit to India and Bhutan that has taken them in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kaziranga, Bhutan and Agra. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stand in front of the Uluru in the Northern Territory of Australia
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge watch dancing by the fireside during a Bihu Festival Celebration at Diphlu River Lodge on day 3 of the royal visit to India and Bhutan on April 12, 2016 in Kaziranga, India. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a week-long tour of India and Bhutan taking in Mumbai, Delhi, Assam, Bhutan and Agra. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Britain's Prince William,Duke of Cambridge walk up the trail to a Buddhist monastery referred to as "Tiger's Nest"
Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal India Tour Day Seven: The Duchess opted for an old Alexander McQueen skirt and top and a necklace she was gifted by the Queen of Bhutan.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on day one of the royal tour to India and Bhutan
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine; Duchess of Cambridge attend the England v Wales match during the Rugby World Cup 2015 on September 26, 2015 at Twickenham Stadium, London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal India Tour Day One: Kate made a splash in a paisley print red and white dress with peplum detail by Alexander McQueen and tan clutch by Russell & Bromley for her first day.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridgeduring their trek to the Tiger's Nest Monastery during a visit to Bhutan on the 15th April 2016 in Thimphu, Bhutan. The Royal couple are visiting Bhutan as part of a week long visit to India and Bhutan that has taken in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kaziranga, Bhutan and Agra. (Photo by Joe Giddens - Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, left, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at the National Indigenous Training Academy at Yulara, near Uluru, Australia, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal India Tour Day Six: Kate went casual once again in a white blouse from Jaeger, waistcoat from Really Wild Company and the same pair of riding boots by Penelope Chilvers she's been sporting for the last 10 years.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the Rugby World Cup 2015 match between England v Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on September 18, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge take a Game drive at Kaziranga National Park at Kaziranga National Park on April 13, 2016 in Guwahati, India. (Photo by Heathcliff O'Malley - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

There's a reason why Prince William and Kate Middleton avoid PDAs during public engagements.

Fresh from their seven-day tour of India and Bhutan, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may have let their hair down a bit placing their arms around one another and during a trek up to Tiger's Next and trying their hand at archery in Thimphu - but royal decorum states they should avoid hand holding in public.

In 2014, during their royal tour of Australia, the couple posed so far apart that William was seen asking his wife, "So, what shall we talk about?"

Royal etiquette pro Myka Meier told PEOPLE the reason to avoid public displays of affection is simply their need to act professional.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on day one of the royal tour to India and Bhutan
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on day one of the royal tour to India and Bhutan

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"There is no actual etiquette or royal protocol that says the couple must refrain from PDA," she explained to the mag.

"The likely reasoning is more that while traveling on a tour such as the India trip, 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 royal couple returned to London on Saturday and will host US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle at Kensington Palace on Friday night. Prince Harry will also be joining them.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Britain's Prince William,Duke of Cambridge walk up the trail to a Buddhist monastery referred to as
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Britain's Prince William,Duke of Cambridge walk up the trail to a Buddhist monastery referred to as "Tiger's Nest"

The Obamas will dine with Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle for lunch earlier in the day, the day after her 90th birthday celebrations. 

Meanwhile, Kate's extensive wardrobe for her latest tour, costing an estimate $40,000 is still hitting headlines around the world as fashionistas clamour to get any of her sell-out styles.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the Rugby World Cup 2015 match between England v Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on September 18, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the Rugby World Cup 2015 match between England v Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on September 18, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

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