Prince William and Kate Middleton have upped their PDA game, and they could be taking notes from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

  • Prince William and Kate Middleton showed rare PDA on Tuesday, even though it's against royal etiquette to do so. 
  • Photos of the couple in South Wales are strikingly similar to photos of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Canada House earlier this year.
  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were once dubbed the most affectionate royal couple by the royal family's photographer last year, before they resigned.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge showed rare signs of affection as they embarked on a visit to South Wales on Tuesday. 

This photo (above) of Kate Middleton placing a hand on Prince William's shoulder may not seem like much, but it's actually considered against royal etiquette for couples to show any signs of PDA at official engagements.

The moment was reminiscent of a similar photo taken of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their visit to Canada House earlier this year.

Markle and Harry at their first engagement of 2020.
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It's possible Middleton and William are taking a leaf out of Harry and Markle's book, a couple who were previously dubbed the most affectionate out of all the royals before they left the royal family last year.

"On my recent trip to Northern Ireland with Harry and Meghan, it was hard to not notice the amount of time she spent looking lovingly into his eyes," royal photographer Tim Rooke told Insider last year.

Markle and Harry.
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"I've not seen this much affection between two royals in my decades of shooting. They are much more affectionate in public than other royal couples," he added.

"The Sussexes are often holding hands if cameras are there or not. They're such an authentic couple and every time I photograph them you can sense the love and affection they have for each other."

While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been more likely to keep things professional in the past, this time around the couple appeared more relaxed with one another. 

The couple were all smiles on Tuesday.
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Just like Markle did for Harry at Canada House last month, William placed a protective hand on Middleton's shoulder as they spoke to well-wishers outside the RNLI Mumbles Lifeboat Station near Swansea.

These photos of the couples mirror each other.
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However, that's not to say the royal couple never show affection in public — it's just more unusual for them to do so in an official capacity.

For instance, this candid photo of Middleton caressing William's cheek as they attended Wimbledon last year was a moment likely not intended for the cameras. 

It's more unusual for Middleton and William to show affection in an official capacity.
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The PDA shown by the couple on Tuesday, however, was different as Middleton and William appeared aware that the photos were being taken at the official engagement. 

Not to mention, Middleton sported a heart print scarf by Beuhlah London for the occasion. Perhaps the pair were simply getting in the Valentine's Day's spirit early this year.

Whatever the case, there's no denying the couple's affectionate interactions on Tuesday were a rare — and welcome — sight for Cambridge fans.

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