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Why Meghan Markle holds Prince Harry's hand with both arms

The royal couple are known for being affectionate

Sharnaz Shahid

Ever since they announced their engagement in November 2017, royal watchers have kept a close eye on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The royal couple, who are now expecting their first child together, have never shied away from showing public displays of affection, often attending royal engagements hand-in-hand - unlike Harry's older brother and sister-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Although there are no official rules against them making physical contact in public, it seems some members of the royal family avoid being affectionate.

Prince Harry and Meghan at their engagement photocall in November 2017

However, on more than one occasion, Meghan has used both of her arms to hold Harry's hand. Speaking to HELLO!, royal body language expert Judi James explains that the mum-to-be requires reassurance as she continues to settle in with her new role of being a royal. "With her royal role profile firmly established she has adopted a more stand-alone look, either attending events by herself or taking the lead when she is with her husband," she revealed. "This hand and arm clasp suggests a less secure trait though as she tucks in behind Harry's arm, holding both his hand and placing her free hand on his lower arm, gazing up at him as though seeking attention and/or reassurance."

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The royals are known for their closeness

Referring to the couple's tour in Morocco, Judi added: "The pose focuses the attention back onto Harry while making him look rather more alpha as he walks ahead with his chest splayed." However, the handclasp at their engagement photocall was perhaps a comforting sign for Harry. "During their engagement interview Meghan even used her left hand to gently rub Harry's arm in a gesture of reassurance so this pose could be more about boosting his confident profile than her own," continued Judi. Elsewhere, Prince Harry and Meghan have just returned to London following a three-day tour in Morocco, visiting Casablanca, Asni and Rabat. The royals are set to have a busy schedule ahead of them. Not only are they preparing to welcome their first child this spring, the Sussexes are also relocating to Windsor to move into their new house, Frogmore Cottage.

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