When Meghan Markle reached for her new husband's hand last week, he brushed her off. Here's why.

Well, this is a bit awkward.

The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex were attending the Young Leaders Reception at Buckingham Palace last week, when Meghan reached for Harry’s hand.

Instead of grabbing his new wife’s hand, Harry very obviously moved his hands away from her.

The whole hand-holding near miss was caught on film and published online via The Sun.

In the clip you can see the newlyweds slightly brush hands before Harry moves his hand away.

But while this may look like a bit of a snub from Harry, there’s actually a very royal reason behind it.

You see, it’s just not the done thing in the royal family.

“The Queen rarely holds hands with her husband in public and this seems to have set an unwritten precedent for the other royals,” body language expert, Robin Kermode, recently told the Daily Mail.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also never hold hands in public.

“It is very clear that William and Kate are emotionally close, however, they do not seem to feel the need to prove their love—particularly when on official state business,” Kermode explained.

So this is probably just a case of Harry trying to uphold a little unwritten royal family rule.

This is not the first time Meghan has been a lil’ bit confused by royal protocol.


It seems everything is a bit more formal – and a bit more awkward – when your new grandmother-in-law is literally the Queen of England.

You see, in May, Meghan attended her first public outing with Queen Elizabeth.

Everything went smoothly until the two women began to approach their awaiting Bentley.

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#handgate. Image: Getty.

Meghan appeared unsure of whether she should enter the car first or wait for her new grandmother-in-law to.

First she asked the nearby staff, and then she shuffled up to the Queen and appeared to ask,"What's your preference?"

The Queen then replied that Meghan should go first.

They then got into the car and whole monarchy didn't even collapse ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.