‘Added pressure’ Meghan Markle and Harry ‘anxious’ in latest appearance, says expert

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MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry looked “anxious” and under “pressure” as they made their first public appearance on Thursday, a body language expert has claimed.

Prince Harry, 37, and Meghan Markle, 40, made their return to the public spotlight by visiting a 9/11 memorial in New York. The Sussexes were joined by the city’s mayor Bill de Blasio and New York State Governor Kathy Hochul at One World Trade Center’s observatory.

But one body language expert has said the Sussexes seemed to be feeling the “pressure” during their visit to the Big Apple.

Judi James told the Mirror: “The couple’s arrival looked suitable sombre to match the sombre venue but there were also some signs that the baby-break had created some added pressure for this first time in the spotlight again for the US power couple.

“Harry looked especially anxious, touching his wife’s back as she walked into the venue in a small steering gesture but then performing several checking touches of his jacket and clothing to hint at some inner nerves.

'Added pressure' Meghan Markle and Harry 'anxious' in latest appearance, says expert

‘Added pressure’ Meghan Markle and Harry ‘anxious’ in latest appearance, says expert (Image: Getty)

“Meghan walked ahead and she walked quickly, although their brief low-held wave and smile to the crowd was more reminiscent of their signature look.”

But Ms James also claimed that while the pair were less affectionate with each other than usual this could be because of the “sombre” tone of the event.

“There was little in the way of PDAs from the couple here, who might have felt the occasion deserved a more professional look,” she said.

The body language expert added: “Harry placed an arm around his wife’s back as they posed for photos inside the venue but their smiles were ‘Lightning’ smiles, performed quickly and rather rigidly for the camera before disappearing quickly again.

Meghan and Harry in New York

Meghan and Harry in New York (Image: Getty)

Prince Harry (Image: Getty)

“Harry appeared to eye-check Meghan a couple of times and to chat to her, but as they posed, her lack of response or returned gaze suggested she might also have been feeling under pressure at this very high-profile return to public life.”

The Sussexes trip to New York is said to be Ms Markle’s first trip to the city since her baby shower in 2019.

Their swanky baby shower, which was held in anticipation of the birth of the couple’s first child Archie, is reported to have cost up to £300,000.

The Sussexes left the UK in 2020.

Meghan Markle in Fiji

Meghan Markle in Fiji (Image: Getty)

They now live in a $15million California mansion, which is almost 3,000miles away from the Big Apple.

The Mirror reports both of their children stayed at their Santa Barbara home during their New York trip.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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