Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Quietly Display PDA Alongside the Royal Family

meghan markle prince harry giving up titlesBritain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (R) puts her hand on Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex's back as they leave the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 after watching a military fly-past to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF). - The Queen and members of the royal family took part a series of engagements on July 10 to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s instinct. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have now attended numerous public engagements together on behalf of the royal family and with each passing appearance, the newlyweds seemingly cannot resist from displaying subtle PDA—the latest, during their outing at the RAF Centenary.

The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex stepped out together on Tuesday, July 10, alongside Prince William and Kate Middleton for the special occasion held at Westminster Abbey.

While there was no hand-holding or affectionate kisses on the forehead, the couple quietly maintained close physical contact to each other with another gallant gesture from Harry’s end. Markle gently rested her hand on her husband’s arm as she cautiously walked through the cobblestone streets outside of the Royal Air Force service. (As recalled, the former Suits star nearly tripped over her long dress last month while attending a wedding.)

Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (3L), Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (4L), Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (3R) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (C) arrive for a service to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF) at Westminster Abbey in central London on July 10, 2018. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS J RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Inside the Abbey on Tuesday, the two adorably giggled to each other as Markle pointed out something in the program.

The couple then joined the rest of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, where they were photographed smiling at each other. When the brood retreated indoors, photographers captured Markle with one hand on her husband’s back.

Royal protocol suggests couples steer clear of PDA and touching in any way during public appearances. However, the newlyweds are still learning and handling tradition in their own way.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 10: (L-R) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch the RAF flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, as members of the Royal Family attend events to mark the centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

It’s been a busy week for the quartet and the royals in general after Prince Louis’ christening on Monday. Meghan and Harry will soon arrive via private jet in Dublin, Ireland, for a two-day tour together.

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