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Meghan Markle & Prince Harry: Is their PDA Breaking Royal Rules?

Stories like Meghan Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry aren’t just wonderful news — they’re a welcome distraction to many from the endless horror show that is 2017’s political news.

But there’s something about their engagement that stands out among other royal engagements, and it isn’t Meghan’s race or nationality or status as a divorcee.

And, though it’s a break from tradition, it’s actually incredibly sweet.

People have noticed that MegMar and Prince Harry are affectionate in public. They hold hands.

You know which royal couple we basically never see holding hands?

William and Kate. And, for that matter, Elizabeth and Phillip show an even greater degree of restraint.

This isn’t a Duggar fertility cult scenario where royal couples are restricted to side-hugs or anything like that. 

But there is a tradition of showing a “stiff upper liff” and displaying a degree of severity when you’re a member of the British Royal Family.

To a lesser degree, British culture is relatively reserved compared to US culture when it comes to emotional displays.

In both cultures, hand-holding is typically reserved for children and for romantic couples.

(In most places, hand-holding between adults is reserved for straight couples in particular, as there are many places where same-sex couples remain at risk of random acts of violence)

And, in appearance after appearance, Harry and Meghan seem to be almost physically inseparable.

Royal etiquette expert Myka Meier explains to People the significance of their public displays of affection.

“While Prince Harry and Meghan holding hands is atypical for royal engagements, it is a seemingly welcomed gesture to show unity and celebration of their engagement period.”

That’s a polite way of saying that perhaps Meghan Markle’s American-ness is rubbing off on Harry.

“There is no protocol that says they can not show affection on official engagements, and this gesture makes them relatable and lovable to the public.”

Relatable is a good word, there.

“Meghan and Prince Harry holding hands at a royal engagement is a refreshingly modern approach to their new role both as a couple and as representatives of the royal family.”

Many people feel that, just as British taxpayers should not be funding the royal lifestyle and security, those born to royal families should not have their entire lives predetermined by their birth.

Basically, Prince Harry holding hands is a welcome sign that the times are changing.

“It is rare to see royal couples holding hands on official outings.”

Yep.

(Notice that William and Kate are friendly and cordial, but stand apart during most public appearances. Honestly, we’d never thought much of it until the contrast was pointed out, but now it’s hard to not notice)

The royal etiquette expert (we wonder how one becomes qualified for that and also how useful it is in real life, but we all have skills that you could say that about) continues:

“While we are much less likely to see The Duke and Duchess holding hands in public, we often see Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall holding hands.”

So Harry takes after his father, in that respect.

“It’s all simply a matter of preference for each couple and is also likely dependent on the nature of the event they are attending.”

That makes sense. Most of us let the event that we’re attending tell us how to dress and how much to drink, not whether we hold hands. 

But most of us aren’t in line to become monarchs.

“A more serious engagement would warrant a more serious level of professionalism, which each royal is sure to follow.”

Sure.

Compared to the resurfacing of Meghan Markle’s “racy” pics or to the fact that she’s (gasp!) been divorced, a little hand-holding between engaged adults is not a big deal.

It is, however, a deviation from the norms and something that people are going to talk about.

In fact, as the royal wedding date approaches, all eyes will remain on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. And you can bet that people are going to find more things on which to comment.

Remember that Harry isn’t just a royal — he’s handsome and considered so very desirable that there was once a reality competition series whose premise was that the winner would ostensibly marry him.

And Meghan Markle is a biracial, divorced, American actress. While none of those are bad things, they are different.

“Change” and “progress” aren’t usually words that people associate with monarchies. So people are going to take note when the Royals do things differently.

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Meghan Markle: Racy Magazine Photos Surface; Will They Cause a Royal Uproar?

Now that Meghan Markle is officially a global celebrity, the Internet is hard at work digging up old photos of the future Mrs. Prince Harry.

There was this throwback picture of Markle as a student at Northwestern, one that is clear evidence she doesn’t ever age.

And now there’s another intriguing image making the rounds, one that is clear evidence Harry is marrying a hottie!

TMZ has uncovered a trio of photos of Markle that were snapped back in 2013 for a spread in a Canadian magazine called Sharp.

Which is apt.

Because the following snapshot puts Markle’s beauty in sharp focus, wouldn’t you say?

Markle, of course, has worked as an actress for years.

So it’s only natural that she has a history of revealing photo shoots and/or certain scenes that Queen Elizabeth likely wishes did not exist.

She did pretend to give a fellow 90210 character a blow job several years ago, remember:

We’re passing no judgment on the magazine spread or the scene above, of course. That would be a silly and misguided thing to do.

But it’s impossible not to wonder if there will be any sort of uproar in Great Britain over these pictures, considering the prim and proper traditions of the Royal Family.

Markle is set to officially join in May.

She and Harry have confirmed they’ll be wed this spring at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

The exciting news was announced two days after Kensington Palace also announced the actual news of Harry and Markle getting engaged, doing so via the following statement:

“His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month. Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty The Queen and other close members of his family.

“Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle’s parents.”

On Friday, meanwhile, the newly engaged stars stepped out together holding hands on Friday in Nottingham, England at the Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair.

Not counting the photo shoot below, it was their first public appearance as two people who have agreed to marry.

The 36-year old actress was greeted with a very warm welcome by all who saw her at the event.

The palace noted in a statement that Harry has been extremely vocal about his passion in raising awareness for HIV/AIDS and was “looking forward to introducing Ms. Markle to a community that has become very special to him.”

Markle, it should be said, has also been deeply involved in humanitarian work for years, which is a major reason why the two hit it off last July after they were set up on a blind date.

Harry and Meghan are both very attractive. That probably also helped with the initial attraction.

Click through precious pictures of the gorgeous couple below and then join us in wishing them a long and very happy life together.

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Meghan Markle: 16 Things to Know About the New Royal

In case you've been living under a rock that doesn't even have wifi, you've probably heard that Prince Harry has found a new lady love in this chick named Meghan Markle.

But who is she? What's her story? Where did she come from?

Well, sit back and learn, folks …

(UPDATE: Since we originally posted this gallery, the romance has heated up. BIG TIME! They're engaged!)

1. She’s an American actress.

Shes an american actress
Meghan was born and raised in L.A., and while she’s got several film and television credits to her name, she’s best known for playing Rachel Zane on Suits.

2. She’s smart.

Shes smart
Meghan graduated from Northwestern University, where she double-majored in International Relations and Theatre. International relations … like the kind she has with Prince Harry, eh? Eh?

3. She does a lot of humanitarian work.

She does a lot of humanitarian work
Meghan’s worked in Rwanda for the Clean Water Campaign, she presented for a gender equality at the United Nations Headquarters, and she’s traveled to Afghanistan on a USO tour. Seems like she’d be a great fit for the royal family, huh?

4. Her father is famous, too!

Her father is famous too
Well, in a way — her dad, Thomas Markle, worked as a cinematographer and lighting director for such classic shows as Married with Children, The Facts of Life, and General Hospital.

5. She’s an animal lover.

Shes an animal lover
Meghan has two rescue dogs, Bogart and Guy, and she loves them very much. Can you blame her?

6. Seriously, she loves her dogs.

Seriously she loves her dogs
Did this photo just make your heart grow three sizes, Grinch-style? Of course it did.

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