Meghan joins Prince Harry at a Commonwealth youth reception in London


The Duchess of Sussex wowed in a canary yellow dress by designer Brandon Maxwell who has worked as Lady Gaga’s stylist since 2012


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at the reception at Marlborough House hand in hand, despite recent speculation that they may be avoiding public displays of affection following their wedding 


The newly married couple put on a very tactile display on Thursday evening as Meghan reached to touch Harry’s arm


The couple could be seen applauding a group of musicians who played on the lawn of the house as they arrived 

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    The couple received a warm welcome from Patricia Scotland who greeted them at their cars. As they made their way towards the house they were treated to a musical performance by a steel pan band.

    The delighted duke and duchess paused to give the band a round of applause following their performance. 

    They continued to put on a tactile display as they assembled on the steps of the house as Meghan put a tentative hand on her husband’s arm. 

    Tonight’s event marks an opportunity for The Duke, who was appointed by Her Majesty The Queen as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador earlier this year, to learn more about how the Commonwealth Youth Forum is supporting inspiring young people to shape the future. 

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    The Duke and Duchess will tonight meet youth representatives from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga ahead of their tour this Autumn.

    The Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) provides an opportunity for the young people of the Commonwealth to build cross-cultural connections and networks, debate the challenges facing its young people, agree youth-led initiatives to influence decision makers and ensure young people have a voice in its future. 

    The Youth Leadership Workshop brings together the newly elected Commonwealth Youth Council Executive and leaders of the Commonwealth Youth Networks, with the aim of empowering these young leaders to think about the future, and their role in shaping it.


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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met with young leaders from across the Commonwealth at the reception hosted by The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC

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    The couple appeared in good spirits as they addressed guests ahead of tonight’s reception 




    Prince Harry was appointed by Her Majesty The Queen as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador in February, and he and Meghan attended a Commonwealth Youth Forum event in April

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      The final day of the workshop will bring together 120 young people, scholars, youth leaders, and youth representatives of High Commissions to take part in the ‘Your Commonwealth’ Youth Challenge event. 

      Working in groups, these talented young people are encouraged to generate ideas about the type of Commonwealth they want to see in 2040. 

      As part of a Commonwealth where 60 per cent of the population is under 30, these emerging leaders will be asked how they can work together and use the networks they are building now to make their ideas a reality.

      The reception will begin with an overview of the day, before The Duke of Sussex and the Secretary-General address the reception. 

      Their Royal Highnesses will then meet the young people who have taken part in the workshops to hear from them directly about their ideas for the future, and the support they need to ensure that their voices are heard.

      SHOULD MEGHAN AND HARRY HOLD HANDS? ETIQUETTE EXPERT WEIGHS IN

      Etiquette expert William Hanson has explained that while there is no official royal protocol against the gesture, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex may feel the need to appear more ‘professional’ now that they are married, and added that Meghan could also more confident in her role. 

      Speaking to Femail, he said: ‘Prince Harry has probably felt less of a need to hold Meghan’s hand as she seems to be much more confident and secure in her new role, and so needs less emotional and physical support from her now-husband.


      The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (pictured in April) are certainly one of the more tactile royal couples and etiquette expert William Hanson says this is not against royal protocol 

      ‘Public displays of affection, such a hand holding, may be accepted in private situations and in social spheres, but when out in public Harry and Meghan are on official business and so it is not considered professional behaviour.’

      Describing William (who is second in line to the throne) and Kate’s body language as more ‘traditional’, he added: ‘They seem much more reserved with their emotions and affection whereas Harry and Meghan are more tactile. It comes down to different styles for different royal couples.’

      And explaining the protocol with being tactile in the royal family, he said: ‘There is no official rule in regards to hand holding.

      ‘However it is not something we have seen HM The Queen or HRH Prince of Wales do with their respective spouses.’

      ‘I suspect Prince Harry and The Duchess of Sussex realise that now they are married their job and status is what comes first,’ he concluded.

       

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