Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit Brixton: Body language experts reveal the real reason behind Kate Middleton’s future sister-in-law’s ‘shy’ behaviour during second engagement and why she’s taking a leaf out of Princess Diana’s book
PRINCE Harry’s fiancée Meghan Markle appeared shy and nervous during her second public engagement.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made their second public engagement together on January 9 in Brixton, following the announcement of their wedding in November 2017.
Prince William’s younger brother and the Suits actress were all smiles as they visited Reprezent Radio in POP Brixton, however, some fans were quick to point out Kate Middleton’s soon to be sister-in-law looked shy and nervous during the apperance.
One fan commented on Twitter: “Ah she looks well nervous bless her.”
This behaviour is very different to that from the day the royal couple announced their engagement, when Meghan confidently walked with Harry for the photocall and later for their TV interview.
Body language expert Elizabeth Kuhnke revealed to OK! Online the real reason behind the star’s change in behaviour and why Meghan is taking a leaf out of Princess Diana’s book.
Elizabeth revealed: “Royal Bride to be Meghan Markle took control of the choreography at her and Prince Harry’s engagement announcement by offering Harry a series of comforting hand patting, arm squeezing, and an open, vibrant wave to the press, their visit to Brixton was a different story.
“Meghan appeared shy, surprised and stunned at the doting response from their fans. She performed classic self-effacing gestures by hunching her shoulders into her scarf, fiddling with her hair, and placing her left arm across her body, which in addition to offering an unobstructed view of her engagement ring also provided her with a sense of self-protection by using her arm as a barrier. With her right hand, she frequently reached out for her Prince’s arm or hand in an unspoken request for reassurance and support.”
Elizabeth describes Meghan’s behaviour as ‘girlish’ rather that ‘womanly’ and suggests her actions – such as giggling, raising an eyebrow, ducking her head and smiling ‘apologetically’ – are reminiscent of the young Princess Diana in her early days.
However, these are said to be a way to make the fans feel more like friends to the bride-to-be, rather than fans.
She explained: “These self-lowering gestures are similar to those used by Princess Diana, who relied on empathy as a bonding device by lowering her status rather than taking the standard Royal approach of appearing above the crowd. The former behaviour is the kind that makes friends rather than fans and is typical of the way Harry prefers to conduct himself.”
However, Kuhnke did add that Meghan may also be showing signs of being under pressure, as she reveals: “Meghan’s self-touching rituals are likely signs of the the building pressure to look right and to do the right thing.”
In other Meghan and Harry news, more intimate details regarding their upcoming wedding were revealed.
Find everything you need to know about their big day here.
Elizabeth Kuhnke is an acknowledged expert and bestselling author on the subject of communication and non-verbal behaviours, she is the author of Body Language: Learn How to Read Others and Communicate with Confidence.
Source: OK CO UK
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