It seems that royal rule-breaking is in this year, with all the young royal couples doing it.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have changed the way they act considerably in recent months, namely being more touchy-feely, and we have one other royal couple to blame for that. And that is, of course, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. According to body language expert Judi James, William and Kate have become less and less concerned with the rules and appear happier and more relaxed. For example, during this weekend’s Armistice commemorations, Prince William in a shocker, put his arm around his wife’s back, which is a big change from their usual reserved public interactions.
Ms. James said: “It’s unusual to see William taking the lead in terms of public touch rituals with Kate, but on Remembrance Sunday he performed this back-touch ritual, even playing his thumb out to signal a rather protective form of affection.
“These small touches appear to have had an effect on the couple’s other body language signals.
“Now that they are less obsessed with keeping to their more formal, non-tactile ‘rules’ they tend to look happier and more relaxed together too.”
Similarly, last month the Duchess of Cambridge was seen leaning from quite a way to place her hand on her husband’s knee during her visit to Coach Core in Essex, a gesture which was described as a “very strong signal of affection” by Ms. James.
The couple also held hands at the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’ wedding at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. And that wasn’t the only rule breaking that night, as the couple was also seen sharing a high-touch and back-touch at the wedding.
In the past, that kind of intimate gestures was reserved for family photos or the moment when Royal couples arrived at the steps of the hospital after giving birth. This has been completely changed, due to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The tow has been breaking new grounds ever since their wedding in May, frequently disregarding the royal protocol and openly showing public displays of affection.
They have been seen doing almost everything, from holding hands, cuddling and gazing longingly into each other’s eyes during public engagements. Ms. James says that it is the younger children that usually take the cues from their older siblings, but this time its the other way around.
She said: “William is taking the lead from his younger brother and his wife.”
Ms. James added: “Now that Meghan has joined The Firm, her own determinedly tactile behavior with Harry does seem to have had a profound ‘echo’ effect on William and Kate’s rituals.”
She even suggested that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s influence have helped them “rekindle” their romance.