Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry can’t hold hands

Meghan Markle is still riding the learning curve of being a royal.

Recently when the Queen took center court, the Duchess of Sussex reached for her husband’s hand, but Prince Harry reportedly clasped his hands together out of respect for his granny Queen Elizabeth.

There’s no public displays of affection when Queen’s around and Markle got a quick lesson about the no-no’s while the Queen is present at the Young Leaders Reception at Buckingham Palace on June 26. The affectionate couple have to be more reserved when the Queen is on the scene.

That’s old-school for get a room you two!

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Meghan Markle makes first solo outing with Queen Elizabeth
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WIDNES, CHESHIRE, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
WIDNES, CHESHIRE, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Runcorn Train Station on June 14, 2018 in Chester, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at Runcorn Train Station on June 14, 2018 in Chester, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
RUNCORN, CHESHIRE, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II is greeted with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they arrive by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Runcorn, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Peter Byrne - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WIDNES, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II sits with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
WIDNES, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II sits with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
WIDNES, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II stands and laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
WIDNES, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II sits and laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II sitts and laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II stands with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II sitts and laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
WIDNES, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a visit to the Catalyst Museum by the Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex. This is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
WIDNES, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a visit to the Catalyst Museum by the Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex. This is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
RUNCORN, CHESHIRE, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Runcorn, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Peter Byrne - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II sits with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Children look on as Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive for their visit to the Storyhouse on June 14, 2018 in Chester, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Storyhouse on June 14, 2018 in Chester, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Chester Town Hall on June 14, 2018 in Chester, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets the public as she and Queen Elizabeth II walk from Storyhouse to Chester Town Hall on June 14, 2018 in Chester, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex. This is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair opened a road bridge in Widness, visited The Storyhouse in Chester ofllowed by the Town Hall. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets members of the public as she joins Queen Elizabeth II to walk from Storyhouse to Chester Town Hall on June 14, 2018 in Chester, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex. This is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair opened a road bridge in Widness, visited The Storyhouse in Chester ofllowed by the Town Hall. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex waves as she joins Queen Elizabeth II to walk from Storyhouse to Chester Town Hall on June 14, 2018 in Chester, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex. This is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair opened a road bridge in Widness, visited The Storyhouse in Chester ofllowed by the Town Hall. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
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Royal watchers noticed the slight diss Prince Harry gave Markle Markle. If you haven’t noticed, it’s hard to tell the Queen is even married to Prince Philip since we’ve never seen them be affection in the 70 years they’ve been together.

It’s all a part of the “stoic values” of their generation, royal biographer Gyles Brandreth told PEOPLE.

“It is rare to see royal couples holding hands on official outings,” royal etiquette expert Myka Meier, founder and director of Beaumont Etiquette, told PEOPLE.

“While we are much less likely to see The Duke and Duchess holding hands in public, we often see Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall holding hands – it’s all simply a matter of preference for each couple and is also likely dependent on the nature of the event they are attending. A more serious engagement would warrant a more serious level of professionalism, which each royal is sure to follow.”

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Meghan Markle at the 2018 Royal Ascot
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The Duchess of Sussex during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.
The Countess of Wessex and The Duchess of Sussex during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex alongside trainer John Warren (left) during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.
Racing manager John Warren with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.
Horse Manager John Warren (left) and the Duchess of Sussex during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.
Racing manager John Warren with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse
The Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex consult the race card during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.
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But you can catch Meghan Markle and Prince Harry getting quite cozy with other on occasion. They do hold hands quite a lot while out in public.

“While Prince Harry and Meghan holding hands is atypical for royal engagements, it is a seemingly welcomed gesture to show unity and celebration of their engagement period,” Meier adds. “There is no protocol that says they can not show affection on official engagements, and this gesture makes them relatable and lovable to the public.

“Meghan and Prince Harry holding hands at a royal engagement is a refreshingly modern approach to their new role both as a couple and as representatives of the royal family.”

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