Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been married for around 3 months now. However, their relationship started two years prior in 2016. And in 2016 the prince broke royal protocol in a bid to see his then-girlfriend. Oh, that first couple of months when the flames of love are strongest. However, it seems that fire is still burning between them to this day.
The two love-birds, Prince Harry, 33, and Meghan Markle, 36, recently traveled to Dublin, which marked their first overseas visit as a married couple.
They are also expected to start their first official tour to Australia later this year during the Invictus Games, which were created by Harry. They have also been busy with tons of visits to the UK, having visited the likes of Brixton, Cardiff, and Wales.
In 2016, the prince had just ended his two-week long Caribbean tour and was getting ready to fly back to the UK for a number of public engagements. But the prince decides otherwise and went to see Meghan Markle instead, in turn breaking royal protocol.
Prince Harry was supposed to fly back to London from Barbados on a British Airways flight, or so reports from Kensington Palace said.
What he did instead was: he traveled to Toronto to see Meghan, which is a big no-no by the royal protocol.
According to the Telegraph, palace policy dictates that “working visits should not be combined with personal travel”.
This was a rule that was brought to force in 2004 after Prince Andrew’s antics came under fire.
The Prince was scrutinized by the public for combining business trips with personal trips including golfing expeditions.
The official trips that the royal family members make are paid by taxpayer money, while personal trips are paid from their own wallet.
At the time, the Royal Household said: “In order to avoid confusion, combining private and public engagements in the same trip is actively discouraged.”
This isn’t the first time the two would be responsible for breaking royal protocol.
The pair regularly holds hands at events such as at the Toronto Invictus Games when they are first spotted together as a couple.
Royal family members are to refrain from such behavior as they are representing the UK on a work trip, so that kind of behavior is widely considered inappropriate.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are rarely caught holding hands, although on some tours they have been spotted with their arms around each other.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are also never caught in public being affectionate as they act professionally when on state visits.
This is more of an unspoken code of conduct, rather than a strictly enforced rule.
At a recent event with the Queen, Harry and Meghan decided against holding hands when at the Your Commonwealth Youth Challenge Reception.