In the context of their public appearances, members of royalty must follow strict rules. It is very rare to see Kate Middleton, 40, and Prince William, 39, indulge in displays of affection. Cambridge PDAs can be counted by the fingers of one hand. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, 73, has also rarely been seen touching Camilla Parker Bowles, 74, in public. The trend was clearly different for Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, 40, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, 37. The Sussexes very often held hands when they went out. The Mirror even recalls that they could not help but touch each other.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, 39, and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, 40, always try to remain professional in all circumstances. But during Mary Berry’s A Berry Royal Christmas show in 2019, the Duke of Cambridge attempted a PDA. The height of William’s gesture is that his wife pushed him away. The sequence was not cut and caused a lot of reactions and interpretations. Many Twitter users found the Duchess of Cambridge’s backing away from her husband’s outstretched arm extremely embarrassing. “Awkward! Too awkward! They should have cut it,” one Twitter user gushed. “Kate gets rid of William’s hand on her shoulder during A Berry Royal Christmas,” another user remarked.
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge is not comfortable with touches
According to a royal spectator, the gesture of recoil from the mother of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis is natural to her. She explained that Kate Middleton “reacted the same way when her mother touched her shoulder, because it made her feel uncomfortable”. Other Twitter users saw that there was nothing mean about the Duchess of Cambridge’s gesture. “I think he tickled her back or shoulder. She moved, but there was no glare or even a facial reaction,” one fan wrote. In any case, the Cambridges rarely share PDAs. Only the photos from the 10th anniversary of the engagement, the Earthshot award show and the Cambridge Christmas card display displays of affection.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine (Kate) Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge © Agency / Bestimage