From Marie Claire
On Wednesday of this week, Prince William and Kate Middleton stepped out on a royal engagement on Barry Island, where stores reopened for the first time since they closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year.
During their visit, Will and Kate stopped at an arcade where Will tried his luck at a claw machine game. Photographers captured a sweet moment (from afar, of course) when Kate put her hand on her husband̵
Prince William and Kate Middleton are returning to a part of their normal lives, which means for high-ranking royals to get involved in public engagements. However, not everything about the return of the Cambridges to public life was exactly as it was before the coronavirus pandemic. For one, the couple have practiced social distancing and wearing face masks to set a good example to others. And then, this week, Will and Kate shared a very rare (but very sweet) moment on the PDA at an engagement, which is a change we can all leave behind.
The romantic moment came to an end on Wednesday when Will and Kate visited Barry Island in honor of companies in Wales that began reopening after shutting down in response to the coronavirus earlier this year. During a visit to an amusement arcade on the island, Will and Kate played some games and in the euphoria of the moment Kate put a hand on her husband’s back as he tried his luck at a claw machine game.
It’s not against the rules for royals to show PDA (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, for example, do this regularly), but Will and Kate have historically been reluctant to show physical affection in public.
“It is rare for royal couples to hold hands on official outings,” said royal etiquette expert Myka Meier, founder and director of Beaumont Etiquette People. “While we’re much less likely to see [Kate and Prince William] We often see Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall holding hands in public – it’s all just a matter of preference for each couple and likely depends on the type of event they’re attending too. A more serious engagement would warrant a more serious level of professionalism that any king is sure to follow. “
Will and Kate were clearly at ease about the intimate moment captured on film and even shared the shot on Kensington Royal’s official Instagram account.
“Thank you Wales 🏴 for the lovely welcome yesterday,” the couple captioned the photo. “It was great to see communities and businesses get back on track after a difficult month for the tourism industry and the wider economy.”
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