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Another royal PDA at the polo! As William and Kate enjoy a tender embrace, FEMAIL reveals how the Firm drop their stiff upper lips for smooches during matches

Princess Kate embraced Prince William in a sweet hug and kiss at Out-Sourcing Inc. Royal Charity Polo Cup 2023 today.

The royals, who have been known to embrace in PDAs, saw the opportunity to let loose as Kate enjoyed a glass of champagne while cheering on her husband.

And while the royal family often keep a stiff upper lip, the polo appears to be a time when they can let their hair down.

William and Kate also embraced last year at the Guards Polo Club.

Meanwhile,  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also enjoy a PDA.

The pair shared a kiss in front of a crowd at the polo last May, in an intimate moment that was a far cry from Charles and Diana’s tense public interactions. 

Princess Kate embraced Prince William in a sweet hug kiss at Out-Sourcing Inc. Royal Charity Polo Cup 2023 today Princess Kate embraced Prince William in a sweet hug kiss at Out-Sourcing Inc. Royal Charity Polo Cup 2023 today

Princess Kate embraced Prince William in a sweet hug kiss at Out-Sourcing Inc. Royal Charity Polo Cup 2023 today

William and Kate also embraced last year at the Guards Polo Club William and Kate also embraced last year at the Guards Polo Club

William and Kate also embraced last year at the Guards Polo Club 

The Duchess of Sussex, 41, planted a kiss on her husband as she presented his team with a trophy at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, near their mansion in Montecito, California

Meghan, who was dressed in a wide brim hat, polka dot blouse and high-waisted trousers, placed her hands either side of her husband’s face, while he pulled her close with a hand on her back.  

The tender clinch, captured on camera for all the world to see, is part of a tradition of polo-playing princes being ‘rewarded’ for their efforts with a post-match kiss. 

Prince Charles and Diana were captured locking lips on a number of occasions, although their PDA was far chillier than the Sussexes’ romantic moments. 

A kiss for the crowd! The Duke and Duchess shared a kiss on stage after Los Padres won the memorial cup A kiss for the crowd! The Duke and Duchess shared a kiss on stage after Los Padres won the memorial cup

A kiss for the crowd! The Duke and Duchess shared a kiss on stage after Los Padres won the memorial cup 

Tense: The affectionate display was a world away from the tense and distant peck Charles and Diana shared following his polo victory in 1985, just four years after their wedding Tense: The affectionate display was a world away from the tense and distant peck Charles and Diana shared following his polo victory in 1985, just four years after their wedding

Tense: The affectionate display was a world away from the tense and distant peck Charles and Diana shared following his polo victory in 1985, just four years after their wedding

Distant: Polo-playing princes typically receive a kiss from their beloved as a 'reward' and it's a chance for the public to see some PDA. But Prince Charles and Princess Diana looked serious at a polo match at Windsor in 1983 Distant: Polo-playing princes typically receive a kiss from their beloved as a 'reward' and it's a chance for the public to see some PDA. But Prince Charles and Princess Diana looked serious at a polo match at Windsor in 1983

Distant: Polo-playing princes typically receive a kiss from their beloved as a ‘reward’ and it’s a chance for the public to see some PDA. But Prince Charles and Princess Diana looked serious at a polo match at Windsor in 1983 

Giggling Duchess! Meghan smiled coyly as Harry leaned in to whisper something in her ear in the public display of affection Giggling Duchess! Meghan smiled coyly as Harry leaned in to whisper something in her ear in the public display of affection

Giggling Duchess! Meghan smiled coyly as Harry leaned in to whisper something in her ear in the public display of affection 

On the rocks: The breakdown of their marriage was almost confirmed to the world when Diana swerved her head at the moment of kiss in India in 1992, leaving her husband's painfully pursed lips making contact with the side of her hair, pictured On the rocks: The breakdown of their marriage was almost confirmed to the world when Diana swerved her head at the moment of kiss in India in 1992, leaving her husband's painfully pursed lips making contact with the side of her hair, pictured

On the rocks: The breakdown of their marriage was almost confirmed to the world when Diana swerved her head at the moment of kiss in India in 1992, leaving her husband’s painfully pursed lips making contact with the side of her hair, pictured

In 1985, just a few months after the birth of Prince Harry, the couple shared an awkward and distant kiss following Charles’ polo victory. 

The breakdown of their marriage was revealed to the world when Diana swerved her head at the moment of kiss in India in 1992, leaving her husband’s painfully pursed lips making contact with the side of her hair.

The couple also looked tense on a number of other occasions, with Diana looking glum as Charles showed off his sporting prowess on the pitch.

It is a world apart from Harry and Meghan who couldn’t keep their hands off each other. 

After giving each of Harry’s teammates a peck on the cheek, she planted a kiss on Harry’s lips while he put a hand on her back to pull her close. 

As a gust of wind threatened to pull her hat from her head, Meghan placed a hand gently on Harry’s arm, before spotting her lipstick smudge and wiping his face. 

William and Kate looked incredibly loved up today as they kissed William and Kate looked incredibly loved up today as they kissed

William and Kate looked incredibly loved up today as they kissed

Hand-in-hand: The couple put on a united front as they left the stage following the prize presentation Hand-in-hand: The couple put on a united front as they left the stage following the prize presentation

Hand-in-hand: The couple put on a united front as they left the stage following the prize presentation 

A quiet word: Prince Charles and Princess Diana looked serious at the polo at Smith's Lawn Polo Club in 1985, proving royal PDA at the polo is not a given A quiet word: Prince Charles and Princess Diana looked serious at the polo at Smith's Lawn Polo Club in 1985, proving royal PDA at the polo is not a given

A quiet word: Prince Charles and Princess Diana looked serious at the polo at Smith’s Lawn Polo Club in 1985, proving royal PDA at the polo is not a given

Pucker up! Meghan placed her hands either side of her husband's face as they shared a kiss on stage yesterday Pucker up! Meghan placed her hands either side of her husband's face as they shared a kiss on stage yesterday

Pucker up! Meghan placed her hands either side of her husband’s face as they shared a kiss on stage yesterday

Royal kiss: Prince Charles held Diana close as they shared a kiss at the polo in Cirencester in 1985 Royal kiss: Prince Charles held Diana close as they shared a kiss at the polo in Cirencester in 1985

Royal kiss: Prince Charles held Diana close as they shared a kiss at the polo in Cirencester in 1985 

Sealed with a kiss! Prince Harry leaned in to give his wife a kiss on the lips following his victory at the Santa Barbara club Sealed with a kiss! Prince Harry leaned in to give his wife a kiss on the lips following his victory at the Santa Barbara club

Sealed with a kiss! Prince Harry leaned in to give his wife a kiss on the lips following his victory at the Santa Barbara club

Intimate moment: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex put on a show for the crowd as they kissed on stage following his win Intimate moment: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex put on a show for the crowd as they kissed on stage following his win Harry and Meghan Harry and Meghan

Intimate moment: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex put on a show for the crowd as they kissed on stage following his win

Touchy-feely: The Duchess of Sussex held her husband's arm after presenting him and his team with the memorial trophy Touchy-feely: The Duchess of Sussex held her husband's arm after presenting him and his team with the memorial trophy

Touchy-feely: The Duchess of Sussex held her husband’s arm after presenting him and his team with the memorial trophy

Let me get that for you: Meghan had left behind a trace of her lipstick so reached in to wipe it from Harry's mouth Let me get that for you: Meghan had left behind a trace of her lipstick so reached in to wipe it from Harry's mouth The Duke and Duchess of Sussex The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Let me get that for you: Meghan had left behind a trace of her lipstick so reached in to wipe it from Harry’s mouth

All okay? Meghan placed a reassuring hand on her husband's chest during a quiet moment on stage in front of onlookers All okay? Meghan placed a reassuring hand on her husband's chest during a quiet moment on stage in front of onlookers

All okay? Meghan placed a reassuring hand on her husband’s chest during a quiet moment on stage in front of onlookers

Loved-up: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are no strangers to polo PDA - and shared this amorous kiss at the Berkshire Polo Club in July 2018, just months after their wedding Loved-up: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are no strangers to polo PDA - and shared this amorous kiss at the Berkshire Polo Club in July 2018, just months after their wedding

Loved-up: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are no strangers to polo PDA – and shared this amorous kiss at the Berkshire Polo Club in July 2018, just months after their wedding

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s ‘lingering’ and ‘affectionate’ kiss was the opposite of Diana and Charles’ display at 1992 polo  

That kiss: Diana turns away as Prince Charles leans in to kiss her on the cheek at a prize-giving ceremony following a polo match in Jaipur, India in 1992

Princess Diana famously turned away as Prince Charles leaned in to kiss her on the cheek at a prize-giving ceremony following a polo match in Jaipur, India in 1992.

Judi James said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s kiss was the ‘opposite’ to the Prince and Princess of Wales in the image.

She revealed: ‘While William and Kate’s lingering kiss suggested suppressed affection Charles and Diana looked as though they had no relationship or even connection between them in private. 

‘The kiss was clumsy and awkward with no suggestion of a normally-tactile relationship or even chemistry together. There is no synchronicity here. 

‘Diana leans forward but also away from her husband and their clutches look misplaced and lacking in any affection. 

‘Diana has deflected the kiss by turning her head away. This rejection means Charles is left to plant his kiss on her hair instead of her cheek.

‘His splayed fingers on her back showed a lack of desire for any form of touch and his ugly grimace as he miss-kisses looks miserable.’

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