Whether you’re a romantic at heart or a cold, bitter cynic, you can’t deny Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are in love.
Vomit-inducing, sickly-sweet love. We tolerate it – enjoy it, even – because they’re beautiful, famous and royal.
Aside from their delightful backstory of being set up through friends, and how Prince Harry, 33, proposed to Meghan, 36, over roast chicken, the couple’s body language says a lot about how they feel about each other.
As The Sun royal photographer Arthur Edwards pointed out, it’s a refreshing, realistic brand of public affection we’re not used to seeing from the Royals.
“It was obvious from the moment they first went public that Meghan was special,” he said.
“I have covered almost every public engagement she and Harry have done so far and I have never seen a royal couple so tactile. They’re always holding hands or he’s pushing her hair back or putting his arm around her waist – it’s quite lovely to see.”
Of course, there are many ways to show affection. So how does Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s body language compare to royal couples that came before them? How much have things changed?
Below, we deep dive into what body language experts from around the world have said about the way couples like Charles and Camilla, Wills and Kate and The Queen and Prince Philip interact with each other in public.
Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip
If you’ve watched The Crown, you might feel like you know everything about the Queen and Prince Philip’s relationship. But what about in real life?
The couple were married in November, 1947 and recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. It’s also important to remember times have changed since the conservative early days of the Queen’s rule which called for more formal displays of affection than Prince Harry and Meghan’s public relationship.
Body language expert Blanca Cobb told Cosmopolitan it’s hard to know how the Queen and Prince Philip would interact with each other when they’re alone, but their public body language is quite formal.
“Philip lets Elizabeth know how he feels by looking at her and being present physically to support and guide her, but they’re generally reserved in the way they show affection,” she said.
“She doesn’t give him much attention, but I do think they have a deep affection for one another. That’s probably as scandalous as it gets, but I would be interested to see what goes on when the cameras are off and they can be themselves without formality.”