Kate Middleton & Prince William Shared a Rare PDA Moment, & We All Missed It

Mar 20, 2018 at 6:24 p.m. ET
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While the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known simply as Kate Middleton, and Prince William are clearly deeply in love, they don't tend to show it in public. There's no official rule against royal PDA (obviously, or Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would be in a lot of trouble, like, all the time), but it is frowned upon. Ever sticklers for the rules, it's rare for Kate and William to show any physical affection where curious eyes can see.

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But that may be changing. Could Harry and Markle's influence be rubbing off on William and Kate? Because they have been going nuts with the PDA lately. Twice in the last few weeks, they've been caught and photographed while doing something sweet and physical.

During the royals' official St. Patrick's Day festivities, William and Kate were meeting Irish guards and William was spotted with his hand on his wife's green coat-clad back. I know. I know. Calm down, you crazy kids! It may not seem like much, but this is a big step for these two, who basically never show affection for one another publicly.

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And this comes just days after William showed the same kind of affection on Commonwealth Day, resting his hand on Kate's back while they walked. They're sure not making out in public, but this is a huge show for these two, who generally won't even be caught holding hands in public.

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"The couple are likely to show very little PDA, if any, to remain professional during their designated roles abroad," a royal etiquette expert explained to People magazine in 2016. Any time they're in public, William and Kate are "working representatives of British Monarchy," so they make sure to keep things as professional as possible.

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