Kate Middleton & Prince William Will Never Show PDAs Like Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

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When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were all up on each other (by royal standards) at the Invictus Games last week, it was all anyone could talk about. Half of the reason Harry and Meghan were such a hot topic of conversation was because it was the pair's first public outing together, but the other half was because it was such a shock: Royals rarely show affection in public. Think of Will and Kate. Are they approachable and seemingly down to earth? Of course! But lovey-dovey? Not so much.

As it turns out, there's a reason for that. The second in line to the throne has to worry about his image a lot more than the sixth. In other words, Harry is free to act how he wants while there's a little more pressure on Wills. Call it a downside to becoming the King of England. 

  • Last Monday, on their way to a wheelchair tennis event, Harry and Meghan strolled on by holding hands and looking like a couple of teenagers.

    William and Kate certainly seem to have a good relationship, but hand holding in public? Would they ever?!

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  • Harry even kissed Meghan, which, come on, would never happen between William and Kate. In public, at least.

  • Again, approachable and happy. But lovey-dovey? Not exactly.

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    Being that William will eventually be the King of England and Harry will not, the duke needs to uphold a much more professional demeanor in public. Like the queen, whom he reportedly goes to for advice on how to act in public, William will be representing an entire nation one day. Harry, just as is the case with Prince Charles's brother Andrew, will not. Seriously, when was the last time you paid attention to what Prince Andrew or Princess Anne were doing?

  • Prince Harry knows this, too, which is maybe why he's been a little less, um, cautious at times than his brother.

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    "I feel there is just a smallish window when people are interested in me before [William's children] take over, and I've got to make the most of it," he told Newsweek.  

  • Also, there was the context of the event to consider.

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    The Invictus Games are a very informal event and it would have been weird if Harry were dressed up and acting super proper there. If he and Meghan were at, say, a memorial service or charity function, it's very doubtful they would engage in any PDAs.

  • It's doubtful we'll see the duke and duchess smooching in public any time soon, but hey, there's a time and a place for everything.