Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are straying from this one royal rule

Just like shellfish, garlic, bright nail polish and bare legs are "no-nos" for the British royal family, public displays of affection are generally forbidden. Just like you'll rarely see Duchess Kate and Prince William holding hands, you'll never spot the queen snuggling up to Prince Philip or Prince Charles and Duchess Camila sneaking a kiss. 

Even when the family gets together, they always say hello with a proper curtsey, rarely a kiss on the cheek or even a hug (at least in public). Remember when Duchess Kate put her hand on Prince William's lap during a live television segment (gasp!) last year, much of the public flipped at this rare PDA moment. 

However, this rule seemingly doesn't apply to newlyweds Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Unlike the rest of the royal family, the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been spotted numerous times with their fingers intertwined, or with Harry's hands on the small of Meghan's back.

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WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club on July 26, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Nacho Figuares of Sentebale St. Regis presents the Sentebale Polo 2018 trophy as Meghan Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry Duke of Sussex kiss after the Sentebale Polo 2018 held at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club on July 26, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry hold hands the Wheelchair Tennis on day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan Markle hold handss the Wheelchair Tennis on day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 30: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are seen on day 8 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 on September 30, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 30: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are seen at the Closing Ceremony on day 8 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at the Air Canada Centre on September 30, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave after taking part in a International Women's Day event during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham, as part of the latest leg in the regional tours the couple are undertaking in the run-up to their May wedding.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet members of the public during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hold each other during a walkabout at Edinburgh Castle on the couple's first official visit to Scotland on February 13, 2018.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a reception for young people at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, in Edinburgh, during their visit to Scotland.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle outside Social Bite in Edinburgh, during their visit to Scotland.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Edinburgh Castle, during their visit to Scotland.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, attending their first official engagement together, arrive at the Endeavour Fund Awards at Goldsmiths' Hall in London on February 01, 2018. Ms. Markle wore a dark Alexander McQueen trouser suit and white shirt for the occasion.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attending the Endeavour Fund Awards Ceremony, Goldsmiths Hall, London. Picture credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive for a visit to the Eikon Exhibition Centre in Lisburn where they attended an event to mark the second year of youth-led peace-building initiative Amazing the Space.
Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle attend the UK Team Invictus Games trials held at Bath University Sports training village in Somerset. Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle joined wounded, injured and sick military personnel and veterans who are trying out for a place on the UK team at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Photo credit should read Chris Radburn/EMPICS Entertainment
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend The Prince of Wales' 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration held at Buckingham Palace on May 22, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) and his new wife Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the Prince of Wales's 70th Birthday Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in London on May 22, 2018. - The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a Garden Party to celebrate the work of The Prince's Charities in the year of Prince Charles's 70th Birthday. (Photo by Ian Vogler / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read IAN VOGLER/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour on June 9, 2018 in London, England. The annual ceremony involving over 1400 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marks the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend Royal Ascot Day 1 at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2018 in Ascot, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend Royal Ascot Day 1 at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2018 in Ascot, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: (L-R) Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch the RAF flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, as members of the Royal Family attend events to mark the centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to meet youngsters from across the Commonwealth as they attend the Your Commonwealth Youth Challenge reception at Marlborough House on July 05, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLINE, IRELAND - JULY 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a Summer Party at the British Ambassador's residence at Glencairn House during their visit to Ireland on July 10, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a reception at Glencairn, the residence of Robin Barnett, the British Ambassador to Ireland during day one of their visit to Ireland on July 10, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association during their visit to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association during their visit to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - JULY 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Croke Park, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 17: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition at Southbank Centre on July 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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“Meghan is used to being touchy-feely, and Harry is the same,” explained Dickie Arbiter, former palace spokesman, to People. Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess are much more private. "We don’t need to see too much—they have a private life of their own," explained Grant Harrold, the former butler of Prince Harry and William, to Time.

These PDA-filled moments really depend on "where the royals are and what situation they’re in,” Harrold continued. So, the couples might be on their best behavior for Remembrance Sunday, but let loose at Prince Charles' garden party. 

And while there is no specific royal rule that forbids these kinds of affectionate displays, Queen Elizabeth II has set a precedent that encourages royals to "keep their hands to themselves." But especially since Prince Harry is now sixth-in-line to the throne, he may be allowed to enjoy newlywed life without the strict protocol that accompanies it. 

Explained royal etiquette expert to People, “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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THEY MUST ACCEPT ALL GIFTS GRACIOUSLY

While the royal family has to accept every gift that they receive (even if it’s something super lame), it’s up to Queen Elizabeth who gets to keep which gift.

PRINCE PHILIP IS REQUIRED TO WALK BEHIND THE QUEEN

Since their marriage, Her Majesty’s husband must walk a few steps behind her at all times. Who run the world?

THERE’S A STRICT DRESS CODE

Members of the royal family are expected to dress modestly and never overtly casual. (Serious question: Can you imagine a life without sweatpants?) That doesn’t mean that they can’t have some fun, though.

RELATED: BREAKING ROYAL NEWS: KATE MIDDLETON ISN’T ALLOWED TO WEAR NAIL POLISH

THEY CAN’T JUST PROPOSE WILLY-NILLY

According to the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, royal descendants must seek the monarch’s approval before proposing. (AhemHarry and Meghan.)

RELATED: THE 9 ROYAL WEDDING TRADITIONS WE CAN EXPECT TO SEE WHEN HARRY AND MEGHAN TIE THE KNOT

TWO HEIRS CANNOT FLY TOGETHER

That’s in case something tragic were to happen. Once Prince George (who is third in line to the throne after Prince Charles and Prince William) turns 12, he will have to fly separately from his dad.

AND THEY ALWAYS TRAVEL WITH AN ALL-BLACK ENSEMBLE

The royal family is nothing if not prepared. A respectable all-black outfit is packed with them on their travels in case of a sudden death and they must attend a funeral.

PDA IS FROWNED UPON

Although there is no formal law that forbids future monarchs from showing affection, Queen Elizabeth II set a precedent that encourages royals to keep their hands to themselves. Which is why you rarely see Prince William and Kate Middleton smooching in public, or even holding hands. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, on the other hand, are not under as much pressure to adhere to this protocol.

NO POLITICS ALLOWED

Members of the royal family are not allowed to vote or even publicly express their opinion on political matters.

WHEN THE QUEEN STANDS, SO DO YOU

And don’t even think about sitting until Her Majesty has done so.

BUT THE QUEEN IS NOT ALLOWED TO SIT ON A FOREIGN THRONE

Even if the throne is from the Seven Kingdoms.

THEY LEAVE THE TABLE DISCREETLY

If a royal must use the restroom during a meal, they don’t announce it to the table. Instead, they apparently simply say “Excuse me,” and that’s that. (If only your toddler would do the same.)

YOU MUST ADDRESS ROYALS PROPERLY

This one’s a little confusing. Apparently, when you first meet the queen, you should address her as “Your Majesty” and then “Ma'am.” For other female members of the royal family, you should use “Your Royal Highness,” and then again “Ma'am” in later conversation. For male royals, it's “Your Royal Highness” and then “Sir.” And under no circumstances should you address the queen as “Liz.”

THERE ARE NO AUTOGRAPHS OR SELFIES ALLOWED

So put that selfie stick away.

TIARAS ARE ONLY WORN BY MARRIED WOMEN

No ring? No tiara.

THEY RARELY EAT SHELLFISH

This isn’t a requirement, but a wise rule that many royals, including Queen Elizabeth, adhere to because of the increased likelihood of food poisoning. 

RELATED: YOU WON’T BELIEVE THE DELICIOUS FOODS THE QUEEN FORBIDS FROM THE ROYAL FAMILY’S DIET

CURTSIES ARE ENCOURAGED

While the official website for the British Monarchy says that there are “no obligatory codes of behaviour when meeting the queen or a member of the Royal Family,” it also states that many people wish to observe the traditional forms. That means a neck bow (from the head only) for men and a small curtsy for women.

WHEN THE QUEEN FINISHES EATING, THEN SO MUST YOU

Dining with royalty? No extra portions for you.

THE QUEEN SIGNALS WHEN A CONVERSATION IS OVER

If you see Her Majesty move her purse from her left arm to her right, then it’s time to stop talking. That apparently signals to her staff that she’s ready to move on.

SIX RAVENS MUST LIVE AT THE TOWER OF LONDON

According to legend, at least six ravens must remain at the giant fortress or else the monarchy will fall. But no one actually believes that, do they? Well, apparently so, since there are indeed seven (one spare) birds living at the Tower currently.

ROYAL WEDDING BOUQUETS CONTAIN MYRTLE

This tradition started with Queen Victoria and continued with the Duchess of Cambridge's marriage in 2011. This pretty flower symbolizes good luck in love and marriage. Aww...

RELATED: 14 OF THE MOST STUNNING ROYAL WEDDING DRESSES OF ALL TIME

THEY’RE NOT ALLOWED TO PLAY MONOPOLY

When the Duke of York was presented with the board game, he revealed that it’s forbidden in the royal household because “it gets too vicious.” Royals—they’re just like us.

RELATED: 8 INTERESTING FACTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT KATE MIDDLETON’S KIDS

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