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Revealed: Real reason why Prince William and Kate don't hold hands in public

By Caitlin McBride

Published 19/04/2016

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a trek to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery near Paro in Bhutan
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a trek to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery near Paro in Bhutan
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a trek to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery near Paro in Bhutan
File photo dated 11/02/98 of the Prince of Wales taking a short rest at a Buddhist prayer temple to paint a water colour in the Bhutan Himalayas, while trekking up to the Tiger's Nest Monastery, the same location that is being visited today by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday April 15, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Bhutan. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
THIMPHU, BHUTAN - APRIL 14: In this handout photo provided by Bhutan Royal Office, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose with King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pem at a ceremonial welcome and audience at TashichhoDong on April 14, 2016 in Thimphu, Bhutan. (Photo by Bhutan Royal Office via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak with a monk near a prayer wheel during a trek to the Tiger's Nest Monastery, near Paro, Bhutan, during day six of the Royal tour to India and Bhutan. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Bhutan. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
THIMPHU, BHUTAN - APRIL 14: In this handout photo provided by Bhutan Royal Office, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose with King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pem at a ceremonial welcome and audience at TashichhoDong on April 14, 2016 in Thimphu, Bhutan. (Photo by Bhutan Royal Office via Getty Images)
THIMPHU, BHUTAN - APRIL 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge looks on as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge fires an arrow during an Bhutanese archery demonstration on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. The Royal couple are visiting Bhutan as part of a week long visit to India and Bhutan that has taken in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kaziranga, Bhutan and Agra. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
THIMPHU, BHUTAN - APRIL 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge throws a dart during a Bhutanese sporting demonstration on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. The Royal couple are visiting Bhutan as part of a week long visit to India and Bhutan that has taken in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kaziranga, Bhutan and Agra. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
THIMPHU, BHUTAN - APRIL 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge looks on as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge fires an arrow during an Bhutanese archery demonstration on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. The Royal couple are visiting Bhutan as part of a week long visit to India and Bhutan that has taken in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kaziranga, Bhutan and Agra. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
THIMPHU, BHUTAN - APRIL 14: In this handout photo provided by Bhutan Royal Office, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose with King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pem visit the Golden Throne Room of the Dzong on April 14, 2016 in Thimphu, Bhutan. (Photo by Bhutan Royal Office via Getty Images)
THIMPHU, BHUTAN - APRIL 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge fires an arrow as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge looks on during an Bhutanese archery demonstration on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. The Royal couple are visiting Bhutan as part of a week long visit to India and Bhutan that has taken in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kaziranga, Bhutan and Agra. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
THIMPHU, BHUTAN - APRIL 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge looks on as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge fires an arrow during an Bhutanese archery demonstration on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. The Royal couple are visiting Bhutan as part of a week long visit to India and Bhutan that has taken in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kaziranga, Bhutan and Agra. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
THIMPHU, BHUTAN - APRIL 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walks with HM Jetsun Pema Wangchuck in front of monks in the Tashichhodzong (fortress) on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. The Royal couple are visiting Bhutan as part of a week long visit to India and Bhutan that has taken in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kaziranga, Bhutan and Agra. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
THIMPHU, BHUTAN - APRIL 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge looks on as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge fires an arrow during an Bhutanese archery demonstration on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. The Royal couple are visiting Bhutan as part of a week long visit to India and Bhutan that has taken in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kaziranga, Bhutan and Agra. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
THIMPHU, BHUTAN - APRIL 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge throws a dart during a Bhutanese sporting demonstration on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. The Royal couple are visiting Bhutan as part of a week long visit to India and Bhutan that has taken in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kaziranga, Bhutan and Agra. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
THIMPHU, BHUTAN - APRIL 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of watch a Bhutanese archery demonstration on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. The Royal couple are visiting Bhutan as part of a week long visit to India and Bhutan that has taken in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kaziranga, Bhutan and Agra. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
THIMPHU, BHUTAN - APRIL 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge walks with His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck follwed by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Her Majesty Jetsun Pema Wangchuck into the Tashichhodzong (fortress) on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. The Royal couple are visiting Bhutan as part of a week long visit to India and Bhutan that has taken in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kaziranga, Bhutan and Agra. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
THIMPHU, BHUTAN - APRIL 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of watch a Bhutanese archery demonstration on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. The Royal couple are visiting Bhutan as part of a week long visit to India and Bhutan that has taken in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kaziranga, Bhutan and Agra. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge overlook the Tiger's Nest Monastery, near Paro, Bhutan, during day six of the Royal tour to India and Bhutan. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 15, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Bhutan. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge (left) attends a reception in Thimphu, Bhutan
Kate at the reception in her £745 red chiffon gown made by Beulah, one of her favourite fashion houses
The Duchess of Cambridge attends a reception celebrating UK and Bhutanese friendship and cooperation, at the Taj Tashi Hotel in Thimphu, Bhutan
There was huge interest in what the Duchess of Cambridge wore during the royal tour of India and Bhutan
Diana, Princess of Wales prompted speculation about her marriage when she posed alone at the Taj Mahal

There's a reason why Prince William and Kate Middleton avoid PDAs - or public displays of affection - during public engagements.

Fresh from their seven-day tour of India and Bhutan, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may have let their hair down a bit placing their arms around one another and during a trek up to Tiger's Next and trying their hand at archery in Thimphu - but royal decorum states they should avoid hand holding in public.

In 2014, during their royal tour of Australia, the couple posed so far apart that William was seen asking his wife, "So, what shall we talk about?"

Royal etiquette pro Myka Meier told PEOPLE the reason to avoid public displays of affection is simply their need to act professional.

"There is no actual etiquette or royal protocol that says the couple must refrain from PDA," she explained to the mag.

"The likely reasoning is more that while traveling on a tour such as the India trip, technically the couple are working representatives of British Monarchy. The couple are likely to show very little PDA, if any, to remain professional during their designated roles abroad."

The royal couple returned to London on Saturday and will host US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle at Kensington Palace on Friday night. Prince Harry will also be joining them.

The Obamas will dine with Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle for lunch earlier in the day, the day after her 90th birthday celebrations.

Meanwhile, Kate's extensive wardrobe for her latest tour, costing an estimate $40,000 is still hitting headlines around the world as fashionistas clamour to get any of her sell-out styles.

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