Tuesday 25 April 2017

This is why Prince William and Kate Middleton never hold hands in public

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Bute Mills in Luton, to tour the facilities of national charity Youthscape. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Bute Mills in Luton, to tour the facilities of national charity Youthscape. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are greeted with a traditional welcoming ceremony by the Heiltsuk First Nations community in Bella Bella, Victoria, during the third day of their tour of Canada.
Kate Middleton and Prince William listen to a speech during their visit to Keech Hospice Care in Luton, north of London, on August 24, 2016. Photo: EDDIE KEOGH/AFP/Getty Images
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 12, 2017. See PA story SHOWBIZ Baftas. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive to take a boat ride on the Highlander Ranger at Skidegate Youth Centre on the island of Haida Gwaii during the Royal Tour of Canada

Sarah Young

The reason why Prince William and Kate Middleton never hold hands in public has been revealed.

Given how obviously besotted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are with one another, it has been noted that they rarely hold hands in public - but why?

It turns out the reason is surprisingly simple.

According to Robin Kermode, a body language expert and founder of communications coaching company Zone2.co.uk, it’s all because of the Queen, he told the Mail.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 12, 2017. See PA story SHOWBIZ Baftas. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 12, 2017. See PA story SHOWBIZ Baftas. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Her Majesty rarely holds hands with husband Prince Philip in public and, while Robin explains that there’s no official rule in place against PDA’s, the Queen has set a precedent for other royals.

The monarchy is allowed to be physically affectionate but they choose not to as a matter of decorum.

Robin also explains that the couple, which have been married since 2011, do not feel the need to prove their love, especially when on official state business.

He notes that some public figures use hand holding as a deliberate act to prove that their relationship is solid, but this isn’t something Prince William and Kate struggle with.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive to take a boat ride on the Highlander Ranger at Skidegate Youth Centre on the island of Haida Gwaii during the Royal Tour of Canada
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive to take a boat ride on the Highlander Ranger at Skidegate Youth Centre on the island of Haida Gwaii during the Royal Tour of Canada

It’s a tactic Robin says can most recently be seen with President Donald Trump, who by holding on to the hands of leaders for too long, Robin believes he is trying to maximise photo opportunities.

After nearly six years of marriage and two children, there’s no doubt that the couple are very much in love. They simply choose to remain professional when they are out and about as representatives of the British monarchy.

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