Prince Harry's first public appearance with girlfriend of more than a year Meghan Markle sent royals watchers into a frenzy Monday. Finally, the couple was seen side-by-side. Laughing. Holding hands. Watching tennis. And she was wearing something called... "The Husband Shirt"?
Indeed, Markle's casual style as she took in a wheelchair tennis match during the Invictus Games in Toronto became much buzzed about. And fashion lovers quickly identified her loose-fitting white button-up as The Husband Shirt by designer Misha Nonoo. At $185 USD, it's advertised as a white shirt with a "wild side."
The 36-year-old Suits star is actually friends with the designer, and posted a photo of herself in the shirt last year. But of course, the name of the top sent Twitter ablaze -- with some stretching that it means Meghan's "desperate" for Harry to propose!
'Her top is called a husband shirt, make of that what you will' wow.. breaking news about Meghan Markle on itv tonight 😴— laurawalton (@laurawalton_xo) September 25, 2017
Her best friend made the shirt for her named The Husband - Harry beware!!! #MeghanMarkle— Vicky Johnson (@Patchy59) September 26, 2017
Besides her white top and ripped jeans, people also took note that Harry, 33, and Meghan were photographed holding hands as they arrived to Nathan Phillips Square. That's far different body language than Prince William and wife Kate tend to exhibit when they appear publicly.
I realize a “husband shirt,” is not really a sign but I want it to be so I’m calling it. 💍🍾⛪️— RoyalObsessedinU.S. (@RoyalObsessed) September 25, 2017
While there's no official protocol about holding hands, Will and Kate reportedly largely choose not to do so during public appearances in certain settings, like at the Taj Mahal, to maintain their professionalism.
“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,” Myka Meier, founder of Beaumont Etiquette, told People last year. "The couple are likely to show very little PDA, if any, to remain professional during their designated roles abroad,"
At sporting events, however, they too have been known to show their affection more overtly.
Meier now tells People that Harry and Meghan's PDA holds particular significance considering they aren't engaged... yet.
“It certainly makes a statement,” says Meier. “To show PDA as a representative of the British monarchy at such an official event says everything! Rarely in the past have we seen unmarried royals showing PDA with significant others at a public event — it’s a sure sign that things are as serious as they could be without being engaged.” Invictus GamesMeghan MarklePrince HarryromanceroyalsToronto