Whether you'll admit to it yourself or not, we're all a bit obsessed with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the moment. Even if you don't give a shit about what her ring looks like or where they were when he proposed, you can't deny you're at least a little bit curious about how that stag do's gonna go down.

That's probably because in the past week or so we've been bombarded with heaps of photos of the loved-up couple. And you may have noticed a slight difference between Harry and Meghan's relationship and that of Prince William and Kate.

The newly-engaged couple are putting their married counterparts to shame - they're all over each other, holding hands and rubbing backs, which etiquette expert Myka Meier says isn't typical for royal engagements, but may be related to how recently they got engaged.

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"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," she told People magazine.

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

Of course, there's also another, more obvious, reason why this might be the case. They could just be quite touchy-feely people, who like holding hands - which is fair enough, really.

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"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," Myka added.

"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.

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

It's also probably got a fair bit to do with the nature of Harry and Meghan's appearances, which since their engagement have all been quite straight-forward.

They've just been busy touring the UK, showing off Meghan's ring and generally looking smug and engaged, but we're guessing if they got roped into more of a serious event, they might reign back the PDAs.

To be fair, he's lucked out with Meghan big time, and she's only gone and bagged herself a prince - so PDA away, we reckon, because it kinda seems like you've definitely got bragging rights to flaunt that shit.

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist at LADbible. Jess graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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