Body Talk

These pic­tures of prince Judi James re­veals what re­ally meané harry and meghan markle

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the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex look hap­pier than ever as they con­tinue to en­joy wed­ded bliss, five months on from their May nup­tials. But with a con­stant string of royal du­ties, and with the cou­ple even vis­it­ing Sus­sex, their name­sake county, last week, we ask Judi James to re­veal how Meghan is re­ally cop­ing as a new royal…

con­fi­dent

Harry’s arm bar­rier as he clutches his jacket sug­gests ner­vous­ness, but his arm be­hind his wife’s back says he’s proudly pre­sent­ing her to the pub­lic. Show­ing strong signs of con­fi­dence, Meghan walks with her arms at her sides, with a huge smile on her face.

hap­pily en­grossed

When Meghan first started royal walk­a­bouts she could look a lit­tle ten­ta­tive, but her wide smile, raised brows and easy style sug­gests she knows ev­ery­one is here to see her, as much as her hus­band.

con­trol ges­ture

As Harry leans in to play games with the kids in the crowd, Meghan stands el­e­gantly up­right, smil­ing to reg­is­ter ap­proval, but also plac­ing her hand on her hus­band’s back. This ges­ture is a non-ver­bal tie-sign to con­nect and com­mu­ni­cate with Harry, but it is also a quasi­ma­ter­nal ges­ture of re­as­sur­ance and con­trol.

slightly wary

The cou­ple show signs of spon­ta­neous en­joy­ment here, rush­ing in a way that roy­als of­ten don’t. The hand­clasp looks nat­u­ral, with Harry’s hand pro­tec­tively on top. Meghan is happy in this nat­u­ral-look­ing pose, but Harry’s eye-dart and tongue-poke to the cam­era sug­gests that he’s feel­ing slightly on edge.

Judy’s ver­dict: fully fledged princess!

Not only does Meghan seem to be ad­just­ing well to royal life, in many ways her body lan­guage here makes her look just a teeny bit more royal than hus­band Harry – while her cool el­e­gance and steer­ing ges­tures sug­gest she is pri­mar­ily in charge in the re­la­tion­ship. While Harry looks quite ten­ta­tive at times, sport­ing what looks like a rather forced smile to the cam­eras, Meghan looks supremely con­fi­dent and gen­uinely happy to re­alise she’s ev­ery bit as im­por­tant to the ador­ing, massed crowds as her very pop­u­lar hus­band.

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