Taking a leaf out of Harry and Meghan’s book? Footage reveals Kate and William sweetly holding hands as they made their way to a helicopter to set off for their visit to Blackpool

  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were seen holding hands on Wednesday
  • Wiliam, 36, and Kate, 37, are traditionally known for their more formal displays
  • Appear to be taking their cue from Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, who are tactile 
  • Expert previously said the newlywed Sussexes could have thawed Cambridges

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are traditionally known for being reserved during public engagements.

However it seems Kate, 37, and William, 36, may have taken a leaf out of Harry and Meghan’s book, after a behind-the-scenes video emerged today, showing the Cambridges holding hands as they boarded a helicopter to Blackpool on Wednesday.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have previously come under fire for being too affectionate in public, with experts claiming it doesn’t follow ‘royal precedent’ and appears unprofessional.

But Harry and Meghan’s more relaxed and personable approach to public engagements now appears to have rubbed off on the more formal royal couple, whose latest tactile display is one among a series in recent months.

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It seems Kate, 37, and William, 36, may have taken a leaf out of Harry and Meghan’s book, after a behind-the-scenes video emerged today, showing the Cambridges holding hands as they boarded a helicopter to Blackpool on Wednesday

Shared by royal fan Juliana Campos from London’s Kensington Palace Gardens, the video shows the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge smiling as they stroll to a waiting helicopter behind the palace.

Walking hand-in-hand, the display is a far cry from their usual more formal appearances- and appears to follow the newlywed Sussexes’ more affectionate mannerisms. 


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Etiquette expert William Hanson previously told FEMAIL that he felt it was unprofessional for royals to show affection or emotion in public. 

Questioning newlywed Meghan, 37, and 34-year-old Harry’s tactile displays during their Australasia tour last October, he said: ‘There is no ‘protocol rule’ that says royalty cannot touch: just precedent and common sense.

Shared by royal fan Juliana Campos from London’s Kensington Palace Gardens, the video shows the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge smiling as they stroll to a waiting helicopter behind the palace

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are traditionally known for being reserved during public engagements, but this latest display of PDA is one in a stream for the royal couple in recent months. Resharing the video a fan account wrote: ‘William and Kate being cuties and holding hands on their way to their helicopter’

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are traditionally known for being reserved during public engagements, seen in Belfast last month

‘Do not forget that royal engagements are professional environments. It’s work. If Harry and Meghan were not who they are and worked for any other ‘firm’, they would not be allowed to walk down the corridors holding hands, cooing over each other.’

However just weeks later, in November, Prince William was pictured as he wrapped a protective arm around his wife during the Armistice commemorations, a dramatic departure from his traditionally more stiff public appearances.

Speaking to FEMAIL, body language expert Judi James said at the time: ‘Now that Meghan has joined The Firm, her own determinedly tactile behaviour with Harry does seem to have had a profound “echo” effect on William and Kate’s rituals.

‘Normally its a younger sibling that will mimic or mirror the older, but in Harry and William’s case it seems to be William taking his lead from his younger brother and his wife.’

Loved-up newlyweds Meghan, 37, and 34-year-old Harry’s tactile displays during their Australasia raised eyebrows among some etiquette experts who claimed it was inappropriate for royals to show emotion

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made no secret of being in the honeymoon period, with their public displays of affection seemingly rubbing off on William and Kate too (Harry and Meghan are pictured here in New South Wales, Australia on 17 October)

In November, William was pictured as he wrapped a protective arm around his wife during the Armistice commemorations, a dramatic departure from his traditionally more stiff public appearances

Judi says this could also be down to the couple not wanting to offer any hints as to the state of their marriage in the manner of William’s parents, adding: ‘Diana and Charles created a body language soap opera with some expressive displays of non-verbal behaviour.

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‘William seems to have cautiously erred on the side of bland, with their total lack of PDAs meaning there have also never been signs of rifts, fallings-out or disagreements either.’

Judi added: ‘When a couple have been married several years it can often take family newlyweds like Harry and Meghan to rekindle some more public displays of romance like this’.

Pictured: Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William seen during their visit to Blackpool on Wednesday

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