Prince William and Kate Middleton have been married for nearly seven years, and are about to welcome their third child. But, for some reason, when she touched her husband's knee (a rare behavior from the Duchess) during a recent interview with the BBC this week, it made headlines.
People began to make the assumption that perhaps Will and Kate were inspired by Harry and Meghan's relationship. Body language experts also weighed in on the couple's behavior towards each other, not just in the interview, but during their previous public appearances as well.
"They may be more reserved [than other couples] in their public displays of affection, but that doesn’t meant they love each other any less or aren’t excited about each other," North Carolina-based body language expert Blanca Cobb told Cosmopolitan.
Turns out, Kate tapping Will's knee isn't even about affection, according to Cobb. She interprets the gesture as Kate's way of saying, "Hey, we can both relate."
"Through touch you connect with your partner," Cobb explains. "You let them know that they’re important to you. Gentle touches, playful moments, and sincere smiles show that they enjoy each other’s company and have fun together."
Cobb then analyzed a few more of the couple's public encounters and explained what their mannerisms say about their relationship.