Meghan Markle and Prince Harry among royals to break Queens unwritten rule

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall all broke an "unwritten precedent" set by the Queen at yesterday's (Wednesday, September 14) service in Westminster Hall.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex provoked the ire of several people on Twitter after they were spotted holding hands when leaving the ceremony, with some claiming it went against "royal protocol".

However, there is no exact protocol prohibiting them from doing so, as royal etiquette expert Myka Meier previously told PEOPLE.

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Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi were spotted holding hands ahead of Prince Philip's funeral last year.

The reason we don't often see other senior royals such as Prince William and Kate Middleton holding hands is actually because of the Queen herself, according to body language expert Robin Kermode.

He told the Daily Mail in 2017: "The Queen rarely holds hands with her husband in public and this seems to have set an unwritten precedent for the other royals."

The Twitter storm saw Meghan and Harry slammed for having "no respect" and appearing like "lovesick teenagers", but several other people came to their defence, pointing out that other royals had held hands.

"Before anyone opens their f***ing mouths about Harry and Meghan holding hands, Mike and Zara are also holding hands," one person tweeted.

Another said: "People falling over themselves to criticise Prince Harry and Meghan for holding hands on their way out of the ceremony but not noticing Zara and Mike doing the same. Since when was comforting your husband banned?"

Channel 5 presenter Dan Walker also weighed in on the debate, responding to a now-deleted tweet criticising the Sussexes.

He wrote: "I think his grandmother may have just died Sandy! He’s probably not having the best week."

According to body language expert Adrianne Carter – who goes by The Face Whisperer online – Meghan and Harry were making a "point" with their hand-holding.

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She told The Daily Star: "It looked to me as if they were making a point by doing so [holding hands] – 'We are going to do things our way and show the world we aren't like the others'."


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