This is why Meghan and Harry didn't shake hands yesterday

Yesterday saw the royal family reunite for the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, and rumours of tensions were rife. People weren't happy about the fact that William and Kate gave Meghan and Harry an icy greeting, nor that the Sussexes were sat behind the Cambridges.

What probably didn't help the situation was the fact that royals didn't shake hands with other guests like they normally do, and it had nothing to do with protocol.

As you might have guessed, this was due to health and safety reasons rather than animosity though: it was a precaution to stop the coronavirus from spreading.

A spokesperson for Westminster Abbey explained, 'Westminster Abbey is acutely aware of the risks posed by the spread of novel coronavirus. In recent weeks we have advised members of our congregation to avoid shaking hands'.

Cue a lot of alternative greetings, from hand waving, to hugging without touching hands, and the rather creative elbow bumping courtesy of Prince Harry and Craig David.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.