Meghan Markle and Prince Harry: How royals hold hands – what does body language mean?
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were once again holding hands as they visited Melbourne today – and now a body language expert has revealed the hidden secrets of their touchy-feeliness.
Meghan Markle, 37, and Prince Harry, 34, who are expecting their first child next Spring, clasped one another’s hands at they arrived at Government House.
Later on in the day, they walked by the sea hand-in-hand as they met with lifeguards for a clean-up of Melbourne Beach in Australia.
The loved-up couple have never shied away from public displays of affection since news of their relationship broke in November 2016.
But one body language analyst has spilled the beans on Meghan and Harry’s tactile relationship, saying there may be more to their gestures than simple affection.
Judi James told Mail Online the couple are communicating secret codes to one another through subtle but distinct movements, esepcially when they cannot talk.
She said: “It helps them move well together and to read one another’s thoughts and emotions.”
One of the common holding hand holding grasps is when Harry places his hand on top in a clasp, which is a way of offering his wife protection.
Captured on Melbourne Beach in this exact embrace today, the couple showed an easy familiarity with the gesture.
Judi told Mail Online: “Meghan responds in a congruent, complimentary way here, pulling his arm towards her body and nestling slightly behind it to suggest a more vulnerable moment.”
But the body language expert said the Duchess of Sussex was looking for reassurance when she gently squeezed Harry’s arm and pulled him in closer as they arrived at Dubbo Airport yesterday.
Judi said: “’The clasp and arm-rub will be Meghan’s way of reminding her husband of her loving presence and offering him reassurance at the same time.”
“This acceleration form of touch makes it look as though it is Meghan primarily wanting to keep the tactile nature of their appearances alive.
“Her reassurance rubbing like this is quasi-maternal, boosting his confidence and ego in public.”
When meeting with Australia’s Governor General Peter Cosgrove and his wife at Admiralty House, Sydney, on Tuesday Harry could be seen pointing his index finger downwards.
Judi explained the Duke’s “part-hold with pointed fingers announces that they a only a few paces from meeting their hosts and so should prepare to drop the clasp in time to perform their greeting rituals”.
By doing this, Harry was able to break away more lightly from the embrace in a loving way rather than removing his hands more slowly from being fully entwined.
Judi told the Mail Online: “This is a great example of the kind of tie-sign choreography that they are using to keep their public appearances look smooth and synchronised.”
A more intimate moment of hand holding came when Meghan held onto Harry’s hand as it stayed behind his back as spoke to a member of the public.
But when the Duke needs to show dominance he adopts the “tow-along” approach, which according to Judi, he adopts when needing to hurry Meghan along.
She said: “This is often a leading gesture but we are seeing it more frequently on royal visits as Meghan will often be more chatty than her husband who had had years of sticking to royal schedules.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK