Prince Harry Gifted Meghan Markle With Some Royal PDA for Her Birthday

Meghan Markle turned 37 on August 4, the same day she and Prince Harry attended the wedding of his childhood friend, Charlie van Straubenzee​. Harry and Meghan held hands at the wedding, breaking royal protocol on PDA yet again.

Charlie Van Straubenzee Wedding
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The royal family isn't big on PDA (opens in new tab)Prince William and Kate Middleton (opens in new tab) rarely engage in any public displays of affection, and, while Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (opens in new tab) were pretty liberal with the PDA (opens in new tab) before their wedding, there has been speculation that they too would cut back (opens in new tab) on holding hands (opens in new tab) or sharing sweet kisses in public.

They haven't (opens in new tab), thank goodness.

Today, Meghan and Harry attended the wedding (opens in new tab) of Harry's childhood friend, Charlie van Straubenzee and videographer Daisy Jenks. Harry, who has been best friends with van Straubenzee since they attended Ludgrove Prep School together, served as best man (opens in new tab) in the wedding—which just so happened to coincide with Meghan's 37th birthday (opens in new tab).

Meghan may not have been able to spend her birthday celebrating the 37th anniversary of joining the human race, but she did get some very special birthday PDA from Harry, which is even better because we all get to feel secondhand love butterflies while looking at the pictures. Behold their adorable hand-holding at the wedding:

Charlie Van Straubenzee Wedding

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Charlie Van Straubenzee Wedding

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Of course, while public hand-holding is considered breach of royal protocol, Meghan and Harry seem to give approximately zero Fs about that rule. Since their May 19th wedding, they have famously engaged in PDA several times. Here they are locking hands (and eyes) during their royal trip to Ireland (opens in new tab):

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They slyly snuck in some light PDA during their RAF Centenary appearanc (opens in new tab)e:

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And, then there was the kiss seen 'round the world at the Sentebale Polo Match (opens in new tab), where they locked lips next to an adorably-awkward Nacho Figueras.

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No one show these photos to the Queen. This public royal love parade can't stop.

Kayleigh Roberts
Weekend Editor

Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.