The Duke of Sussex is consistently seen walking slightly in front of his wife
Etiquette expert William Hanson says it hints at deep respect for the monarchy
Meghan’s stance proves she ‘as a non-blood royal, should defer to born royalty’
The newlyweds have barely left each other’s sides during 16-day Pacific tour
Couple touched down in Tonga this morning before attending a black tie dinner
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have already raised eyebrows with their tactile displays of public affection.
Now eagle-eyed royal watchers have also spotted Harry walking slightly in front of his wife during public engagements – and according to one expert, it demonstrates the couple’s deep respect for the monarchy.
The newlyweds have barely left each other’s sides during their 16-day Pacific tour, but whether they’re holding hands or simply walking side-by-side, Harry has consistently taken the lead.
Etiquette expert William Hanson told MailOnline: ‘It is standard practice for British royalty to allow the “blood royal” to walk or stand a few paces in front of the royalty who has married in to the family, as with HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex pictured holding hands on Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island on Monday 22 October. Royal watchers have noted that Harry walks slightly in front of his wife, and etiquette expert William Hanson has pointed out this shows respect for the monarchy
‘Even though TRH the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently presenting their own, informal, tactile interpretation of British monarchy, they are still adhering to the precedent with Meghan knowing she, as a non-blood royal, should defer to born royalty.’
The couple stuck to this protocol for their first engagement in Sydney, after touching down in Australia last week.
Harry walked several paces in front of his pregnant wife during their visit to Cockatoo Island, Fiji’s Grand Pacific Hotel, and at the University of Suva on Wednesday.
They were similarly joined at the hip in Tonga on Thursday, with Harry once again walking in front of Meghan.
The famously tactile couple stuck to protocol on Thursday 25 October, when Harry walked slightly in front of his pregnant wife for dinner at the royal palace in Nuku’alofa, Tonga
Harry always stands slightly in front of his wife, royal fans have spotted. The couple are pictured leaving Fiji on Thursday (left) and arriving in Tonga the same afternoon (right)
Protocol: The couple have ‘stuck to precedent’ by ensuring Harry is always slightly in front of Meghan, William Hanson says (pictured at the Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva, Fiji on 23 October)
Harry and Meghan following royal protocol once again while visiting Fiji’s President Jioji Konrote in Suva on Wednesday. It is a protocol observed by other royal couples, with the Queen generally walking in front of the Duke of Edinburgh, and Kate trailing behind William
The couple holding hands on Sydney’s Bondi Beach last week. Harry and Meghan, who are expecting their first child next spring, arrived in Tonga this morning for the next leg of their royal tour, which will see them fly back to Sydney and then on to Wellington and Auckland
Harry walked several paces in front of his pregnant wife during their visit to Cockatoo Island, Sydney on Saturday 20 October (pictured) during the first leg of their royal tour
It is a protocol observed by other royal couples, with the Queen routinely walking in front of the Duke of Edinburgh, while the Duchess of Cambridge is often seen trailing behind husband William.
Harry and Meghan, who are expecting their first child next spring, arrived in Tonga this morning for the next leg of their royal tour, which will see them fly back to Sydney and then on to Wellington and Auckland before returning to London on November 1.
Hours after arriving on the South Pacific island on Thursday, the couple visited Consular House in central Nuku’alofa for a private audience with His Majesty King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipauʻu.
They spent Thursday evening at a black tie reception with the King and Queen at the Royal Palace.