Those keeping an eye on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's every move toward each other in order to decode their relationship can rest easy: On Thursday, the royal pair made a triumphant return to their usual levels of PDA. This week's brief yet life-affirming hand-hold came just about a week after the Duke of Sussex appeared to reject an attempt at physical contact from his duchess at another public appearance together, leaving well-wishers worrying that the days of sweet back rubs and interlocked arms were already long gone after only six weeks of marriage.
Thursday's PDA-filled appearance certainly put an end to those worries. On their way into the 'Your Commonwealth' Youth Challenge event at Marlborough House in London, Harry and Meghan were photographed walking hand in hand up the venue's driveway, Harper's Bazaar reports. Later, while the couple was standing in front of the assembled crowd, the duchess was seen lightly placing her hand on her husband's arm, smiling, while sharing some thought or quip with him. Though the newlyweds mostly kept their hands to themselves for the rest of the day's events, they continued to share meaningful glances throughout; at one point, photos show Meghan looking proudly and happily on as Prince Harry gave an address to the audience.
Meghan and Harry's return to casual displays of affection at public events after last week's brief, hand-hold-less break could all come down to royal etiquette. After a video surfaced of the duo having to clasp their own hands together to apparently keep from holding hands at the queen's Young Leaders Awards at the end of June, royal commentator Victoria Arbiter told Harper's Bazaar that they had done so simply because "it was not the appropriate forum for Harry and Meghan to be laying on the PDA." Arbiter continued, "There will of course be engagements in the future in which hand-holding and affection is perfectly acceptable, but tonight, in the presence of the queen, the couple showed the dignity and respect such an occasion affords."