Kate Middleton and Prince William Have a Rare Moment of Affection During Sandringham Appearance

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During their event appearances following the Queen’s death, Kate Middleton and Prince William have appeared spaced apart in stark contrast to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, whose hand holding caught the media’s attention. But during their appearance in Sandringham today, the new Prince and Princess of Wales were photographed sharing one rare moment of affection.

At one point, William put his hand on Kate’s back as the couple viewed floral tributes left for the Queen. It’s not exactly hand holding, but for Kate and William, who have always been very reserved when it comes to PDA, it’s notable. Any moment of physical contact, be it touching arms or backs, is a very uncommon sight for the prince and princess.

Both wore black in mourning of the late monarch and were generally stoic, except when they were engaging with well-wishers gathered on the scene.

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kings lynn, england   september 15 prince william, prince of wales and catherine, princess of wales, view floral tributes placed outside the sandringham estate following the death of queen elizabeth ii, on september 15, 2022 in kings lynn, england the prince and princess of wales are visiting sandringham to view tributes to queen elizabeth ii, who died at balmoral castle on september 8, 2022 photo by toby melville   wpa poolgetty images

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Kate did smile and wave to the crowd at one point though, adding a little levity during an otherwise very somber time for the royals.

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She also was very animated talking to members of the crowd there:

kate having a moment of levity with a well wisher in sandringham

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So, is holding hands or showing PDA of any sort during this mourning period against royal protocol? Not at all. As Beaumont Etiquette‘s founder and director Myka Meier, a British-American trained by a former member of the Queen’s household, told ELLE.com in July 2018, “It’s up to each and every royal and royal couple how affectionate they are. There’s no protocol that tells them they can’t hug or kiss or touch. There’s no rule book like that. Each senior member of the royal family is trusted to make the judgement calls of what’s appropriate and when. It’s all about being trusted to make those calls on their own.”

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