The parents-of-three have shown a rare display of affection during a recent visit to Mumbles last week despite their “busier than ever” schedules. Speaking to US Weekly, a source said: “The Cambridges are busier than ever since Harry and Meghan left the UK.
“You’d think their hectic schedule would put strain on the marriage, but it’s actually brought them closer together.”
The uncommon show of affection during their trip to the edge of Swansea Bay included plenty of gentle touching, which contrasted with the couple’s usual “hands off” attitude.
Speaking to FEMAIL, body language expert Judi James, said the body language signals a tidal change which could become a new staple as they cover the loss of the “hugely tactile” Sussexes.
She added: “These are very interesting mutual touch rituals from William and Kate, with a suggestion that they might have made a conscious decision to relax what has in the past looked like their ‘hands off’ policy in public.
“Although we have seen them being tentatively tactile before, these rituals hint that they might be happy to be seen as a little more demonstrative, now that the hugely tactile Harry and Meghan have left to live in North America.
“These latest rituals show the royal couple looking mutually supportive via small arm and back touches though, rather than flagging up their love via hand-holding and hugs.”
William and Kate met in 2001, while studying at the University of St Andrews and living at St Salvator’s Hall.
The Sussexes and baby Archie are expected to move from their rented mansion on Vancouver Island to the US after they officially step down as royals.
Harry and Meghan will be allowed to maintain their private patronages and associations but will stop using their HRH titles in the spring.
It comes as Kate and William are set for a devastating trip after admitting they found the horror of the Australian wildfires “shocking and saddening”.
Reports suggest that Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, will invite the Duchess and Duke to the country in a bid to boost tourism and morale after the blazing bushfires.
The couple are said to be in talks with Mr Morrison in a bid to negotiate a deal ahead of a formal invitation.
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It is expected they will visit New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
The trip will be William’s fifth visit to Australia, and the Cambridges’ first since 2014.
Previously, they paid tribute to Australia after the bushfires made international news.
The fires were described by some as the worst in Australian history.
In a statement they released in January, the couple said: “We continue to be shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the fires that are destroying homes, livelihoods and wildlife across much of Australia.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people and communities who are affected by this devastating event.
“We send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who have tragically lost their lives, and the brave firefighters who continue to risk their own lives to save the lives of others.”
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