Meghan was always ‘flatteringly polite’ to Princess Anne – ‘showed undivided attention’


Meghan Markle, 41, stepped down from royal duties in early 2020. But during her time as a working royal, the Duchess of Sussex was photographed with all members of the Royal Family.

Princess Anne and Meghan Markle had 'surprising' body language

Princess Anne and Meghan Markle had ‘surprising’ body language (Image: GETTY)

Therefore, it may surprise royal fans that Princess Anne got on relatively well with Meghan Markle who quit royal duties in 2020, according to a body language expert.

When the Duchess of Sussex attended Princess Eugenie’s wedding in 2018, she sat next to The Princess Royal and the two seemed to be chatting and getting along very well.

The two royal women also chatted together during then-Prince Charles’s 50th anniversary of his investiture as the Prince of Wales.Anne and Meghan sat next to each other at Eugenie's wedding

Anne and Meghan sat next to each other at Eugenie’s wedding (Image: GETTY)

Anne and Meghan posed together at Charles's Investiture 50th anniversary

Anne and Meghan posed together at Charles’s Investiture 50th anniversary (Image: GETTY)

Judi James, a professional body language expert analysed the relationship between Princess Anne and Meghan for

According to the expert, the relationship between Anne and Meghan “hasn’t really been examined before” but that the “results are surprising”.

“Anne has no real history of embracing, mentoring or even befriending younger royal wives,” Judi suggested.

“Many of her rituals with brides like Diana suggested mild forms of what looked like potential irritation.”

Princess Diana married the former Prince of Wales in 1981, and Sarah Ferguson married Prince Andrew in 1986.

Princess Anne reportedly did not gain a close friendship with either royal bride, according to the expert.

Judi added: “Anne is a fan of stoicism and no real fan of fashion icons or celebrity fame, so a beautiful Hollywood actress with no apparent interest in horses like Meghan might not have been a first choice in terms of instant bonding and rapport.”

However, Judi argues that Princess Anne was able to look past these facts about the Duchess.

Anne and Meghan celebrating the late Queen's 92nd birthday in 2018

Anne and Meghan celebrating the late Queen’s 92nd birthday in 2018 (Image: GETTY)

She continued: “Meghan turned out to be a lot more than that initial profile.

“Her passion for her causes and her eloquence, plus what looks like a shared sense of humour did throw up some poses where the two women looked genuinely happy in each other’s company.”

Judi described Anne as having a “rounded-cheek, eye-narrowed smile that suggests genuine pleasure”.

Meanwhile, Meghan’s body language was described as “a blend of flatteringly polite and fun-sharingly intimate”.

The body language expert claimed that when the two women spoke together, “Meghan performs a leg splay and a small hand barrier to show both interest and a degree of polite caution”.

Judi commented: “Meghan’s raised brows and her open-mouth smile in the pews suggests she finds Anne genuinely good company.

“Prince Harry’s animated approach signals he shares his wife’s enthusiasm.”


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