Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are no strangers to public displays of affection, though the definitions of “affection” and “displays” may vary—since their engagement in 2017, pearls everywhere have dulled from all the clutching over the couple’s antics.
In the past, Meghan and Harry have made headlines by holding hands or linking their arms together. The shock! The horror! Won’t somebody please think of the children? And the time they kissed on the lips after Harry played in a polo match? Complete with “affectionate back rub”? Frankly, I am faint. The mind simply cannot comprehend.
Now, we’re being forced yet again to grapple with a PDA of a different variety, thanks to Harry and Meghan. Ahead of Harry’s trip to the UK for King Charles III’s coronation, while Meghan stays in California to celebrate Prince Archie’s fourth birthday (and, no doubt, monitor Princess Lilibet’s little sistering around the party), the semi-retired royals took in a Lakers game together in Los Angeles Monday night.
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Enter that classic of the PDA genre: The sporting event kiss cam. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, who are also considered royalty by many, have partaken in the time-honored on-screen sports smooch, so another royal duo’s take is naturally of interest.
Surprise, PDA here stands more for “public display of awkwardness.” In a reel shared by the NBA, Meghan seems to notice first that she’s up on the jumbotron and gives a tiny wave and laugh. Harry leans in and seems ready to go for the smooch before Meghan holds him back with a hand on his chest and he flashes his best impression of the cringe-face emoji. We can almost hear the courtly fans fluttering and the hankies waving as the couple’s critics find some way to frame the moment as a breach of protocol.
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