Kate Middleton and Prince William’s intimate moment of reassurance during their royal tour of the Caribbean in 2022 has gone viral after fans posted a clip of a military engagement to social media.
The royal couple, who will celebrate their 12th wedding anniversary in April, have seen a number of their public displays of love widely shared on social media in recent months. Most recently, her “Look of Love” was seen during the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London and her playful butt slapping at the BAFTA awards ceremony in the English capital.
The latest video, which has been viewed nearly 1 million times, shows how Kate appears to ask William if he’s okay before they shared a smile. The couple participated in the March 24, 2022 commissioning parade for military personnel graduating from the Caribbean Military Academy’s officer training program in Jamaica.
The clip was uploaded by user _sia_71 on TikTok with the caption “It’s the ‘Are okay for me'” and received more than 20,000 likes and 200 comments.
A number of social media users have praised the pair, noting their apparent closeness in comments on the edited clip.
“They are a strong team!” wrote one TikTok user. “You’re adorable,” another posted, with a third comment reading, “If it’s not, I don’t want it.”
The couple’s Caribbean tour was not without its problems. William and Kate were met by protesters at each of their stops in Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas. The calls were to atone the British monarchy for its role in the slave trade and to discuss the issue of reparations.
The couple also faced a string of PR blunders. After Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s television interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021, there had been anti-racist criticism of the royal family.
At an engagement in Trench Town, Jamaica, William and Kate were photographed shaking hands with parishioners behind a chain link fence, which was openly criticized for poor or misjudged visuals.
By the end of the week-long tour, William seemed to have taken note of the criticism leveled at the pair during their visits. The prince seemed to acknowledge that there might come a time when he might no longer become the head of the Commonwealth.
“Catherine and I are committed to service. For us, that doesn’t mean telling people what to do. It’s about serving them and supporting them in whatever way they see fit, using the platform that we’re fortunate to have,” William said at a finals reception in the Bahamas.
“For that reason, tours like this reinforce our desire to serve the people of the Commonwealth and listen to communities around the world. Who the Commonwealth chooses to lead their family in the future is not what I have in mind,” added William.
“What matters to us is the potential of the Commonwealth family to create a better future for the people who make it up, and our commitment to serve and support as best we can.”
Despite the more challenging events during their Caribbean tour, royal fans have been keen to highlight the lighter moments the couple have enjoyed, particularly a number of loving moments.
This included some hand-holding and a competitive sailing race in the Bahamas; a fun meet-up with the bobsled team in Jamaica; and a dance at a traditional Garifuna festival in Belize.
James Crawford Smith is news week‘s royal reporter based in London. You can find him on Twitter at @jrcrawfordsmith and keep reading his stories news week‘s Facebook page of the royals.
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