Royal PDA: Harry and Meghan vs. William and Kate

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This article originally appeared on Hollywood Life and is syndicated by Cheapism.

The new generations of royal couples are a lot less reserved than their elders — in particular, Prince William and Kate Middleton, and his brother Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle.

William and Kate have a storied romance that began at the University of St. Andrew’s when they were both college students. The bombshell brunette reportedly caught the attention of the future king when she wore a sheer dress at a charity fashion show in 2002. The pair — especially Kate — were regularly photographed in the years that followed and, after a brief split, reunited to eventually marry in April 2011. The couple have never been shy about their affection for each other, especially as they’ve welcomed their three adorable kids, Prince GeorgePrincess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Harry and Meghan are another royal couple who aren’t afraid to show their love for each other. Princess Diana’s youngest son began dating the ‘Suits’ alum back in 2016, keeping their romance under wraps for several months. After news of their relationship broke, he publicly released a statement demanding media stop false reporting around his then-girlfriend — ultimately going public with an appearance at Toronto’s Invictus Games in Sept. 2017. Just a few months later, the pair confirmed their engagement at Kensington Palace, tying the knot as the world looked on in April 2018. The couple welcomed their son Archie the following year. Ultimately, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to step away from their roles as working senior royals — moving to California to focus on their philanthropic projects. 

See photos of both couples’ most romantic moments right here! 


Kate Middleton Snuggles Up to Prince William

Prince William holds Kate Middleton close as they make a royal appearance. The pair laughed as they posed for cameras, with Kate’s sapphire engagement ring — which once belonged to William’s late mom Princess Diana — on full display.


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Hold Hands in Australia

Meghan Markle holds Prince Harry’s hand tightly in Australia in 2018. The appearance was part of the couple’s first royal tour just months after getting married in a televised ceremony.


Prince William and Kate Middleton Take a Romantic Beach Stroll

Prince William and Kate Middleton took a romantic stroll down the beach in 2012 — just a year after they were married. The two were in Anglesey, Wales with their adorable then-puppy Lupo, who was a Christmas gift from Kate to William. The cocker spaniel was a beloved member of the family until his passing in Jan. 2021.

Related: Prince William & Kate Middleton’s Family: Photos Of The Royals & Their Kids


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have the Look of Love

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry hold hands and share a romantic gaze while on their royal tour in Australia. The photo was taken at the Admiralty House in Sydney in Oct. 2018, the same day it was confirmed that the couple were expecting their first child.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton Link Arms at Their Engagement Shoot

Prince William and Kate Middleton shared an intimate moment as they lock arms at their Nov. 2010 engagement announcement. William proposed to Kate with his late mother Princess Diana’s sapphire ring in Kenya while staying at the Rutundu log cabin. Kate matched her blue Issa dress to the sapphire stone.


Meghan Markle Affectionately Grabs Prince Harry’s Arm


Meghan Markle is seen with then fiancée Prince Harry in Belfast, Northern Ireland in March 2018 on their pre-wedding tour. The actress stunned in a forest green skirt by Greta Constantine and a sand colored coat from Mackage, both Canadian labels.


Prince William Kisses Kate Middleton on the Cheek


Prince William sweetly kisses Kate Middleton at the UK Trade & Investment reception at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday July 8, 2011. The event was part of their 12-day North American tour marking their first trip as a married couple.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton Share a Loving Gaze

Prince William and Kate Middleton look at each other with love and affection. The two twinned in pullover sweaters for the outing.


Meghan Markle Shows Off Her Engagement Ring

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle cozy up in a sweet photo from their engagement shoot back in Dec. 2017. Harry popped the question to Meghan with a ring that included a diamond from one of his late mother Princess Diana’s bracelets.


Kate Middleton Shares a Laugh With William

Kate Middleton is seen laughing with Prince William as she shows him some affection in April 2014. The moment came after she hilariously beat him in a sailing competition in New Zealand’s Auckland Harbor while on a royal tour.

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Prince Harry Holds Meghan Markle Close

Prince Harry holds Meghan Markle close during their Dec. 2017 engagement shoot. Her six-carat diamond ring can be seen up close in the photo.


Prince William Kisses Kate Middleton After Their Wedding

Prince William and Kate Middleton share a sweet kiss on their wedding day back in April 2011. The photo is one of the most iconic royal PDA moments of all time.


Prince Harry Passionately Kisses Meghan Markle

So sweet! Prince Harry leaned over to passionately kiss wife Meghan Markle at the Sentebale Polo Match in Windsor on July 26, 2018. The sweet moment came after she handed him a trophy.


Prince William Protectively Puts His Hand on Kate Middleton’s Back

 Prince William gently Kate embraces as she holds a newborn Prince Louis on April 23, 2018. Kate wore a gorgeous red collared dress by designer Jenny Packham for Louis’ debut.

Related: Kate Middleton’s Pregnancy Outfits Through The Years


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Hold Hands

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hold hands as they greet a crowd while in Australia in Oct. 2018. Meghan stunned in a navy Dion Lee dress for the appearance, holding a Gucci mini Sylvie bag under her arm.