Body Language Experts Dissect Meghan Markle’s First Event With The Queen

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Body Language Experts Dissect Meghan Markle’s First Event With The Queen

This American is really taking to being a royal.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 12: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrive to meet school children in the Dean's yard before attending a Reception after attending the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 12, 2018 in London, England. Organised by The Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Jack Hill - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 12: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrive to meet school children in the Dean’s yard before attending a Reception after attending the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 12, 2018 in London, England. Organised by The Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Jack Hill – Pool/Getty Images)

Meghan Markle is a natural at the whole royals thing.

The soon-to-be duchess attended her first official engagement alongside Queen Elizabeth on Monday for a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey. She was joined by Princes Harry and William, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

According to royals and body language experts, with just two months to go before her wedding to Harry, the American-born actress fit in seamlessly with the royal family ― and even knew all the words to “God Save the Queen.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: (L-R) Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the 2018 Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on March 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 12: (L-R) Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the 2018 Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on March 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

“Meghan is clearly already a part of the family,” Myka Meier, a royal etiquette expert and the founder of Beaumont Etiquette, told HuffPost.

“Her posture showed confidence, her eye contact with the other royals means she’s on their level, and her newly polished look suggests she’s embracing both the British culture and the position,” Meier added.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 12: Meghan Markle smiles as she shares a joke with Prince Andrew during the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 12, 2018 in London, England. Organised by The Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Grover - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 12: Meghan Markle smiles as she shares a joke with Prince Andrew during the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 12, 2018 in London, England. Organised by The Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Grover – Pool/Getty Images)

“Meghan is clearly already a part of the family,” Myka Meier, a royal etiquette expert and the founder of Beaumont Etiquette, told HuffPost.

“Her posture showed confidence, her eye contact with the other royals means she’s on their level, and her newly polished look suggests she’s embracing both the British culture and the position,” Meier added.

“Kate is protecting the baby, Harry is showing his trademark 1/2 hand in the jacket to soothe himself and William is protecting himself from the chaos around as well,” she said. “Everyone is in step except for William, and that shows that they’re a tight group.”

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 12: (L-R) Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 12, 2018 in London, England. Organised by The Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Grover - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 12: (L-R) Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 12, 2018 in London, England. Organised by The Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Grover – Pool/Getty Images)

For Markle, that closeness with Duchess Kate ― the pair were last seen laughing at the inaugural Royal Foundation Forum ― will likely serve her well as she transitions to life as a royal.

“The duchess has already gone through the transformation that Meghan is currently undergoing,” Meier said. “Their relationship is likely not only one of soon-to-be-family, but also one of mentorship and friendship.”

Markle seems to be doing just fine in her royal tutelage, said Grant Harrold, an etiquette expert who goes by the moniker “The Royal Butler” after serving for the royal family.

When the queen arrived to the strains of “God Save the Queen,” Markle seemed to have all the words memorized.

Britain's Prince William (R), Duke of Cambridge and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C) watch as US actress Meghan Markle (L) and her fiancee Britain's Prince Harry arrive for a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 12, 2018. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain’s Prince William (R), Duke of Cambridge and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C) watch as US actress Meghan Markle (L) and her fiancee Britain’s Prince Harry arrive for a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 12, 2018.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

“Considering it’s not her national anthem, she did a wonderful job with that,” Harrold said. “After all, how many British people can sing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’?”

After the service, Markle and the rest of the royal family greeted and received flowers from those gathered outside the church. As usual, Markle had no problem interacting with the public, said Patti Wood, a body language expert and author of Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language & Charisma.

“There was a wonderful moment when she was interacting with a little girl and she truly looks so relaxed and happy,” she said. “I think that part of the role is something she’s very comfortable with. She was a little more nervous during the service, but she gets an A+ for so enthusiastically and effortlessly interacting with people.”

Her ease with the public reminds Harrold of Princess Diana.

“Meghan’s a hugger, just like William and Harry’s mom,” he said. “Last week, she was pictured hugging a schoolgirl which won the hearts of the nation.”

“She has an American approach to things, but there’s nothing wrong with that,” he added. “In fact, it may help make the monarchy appeal to a new and younger audience as we move further into the 21st century.”

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