From her outfits to her mannerisms – Meghan Markle is the queen of subtle gestures.
And now, a body-language expert has weighed in on her movements and mannerisms around her husband, Prince Harry, and has explained how they all prove just how powerful of a woman she is.
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Since she started dating Prince Harry back in 2016, the world has become completely obsessed with the former actress.
Meghan became the Duchess of Sussex, making her the first mixed-race American woman to join the royal family.
Since the wedding, Meghan has taken part in many royal tours and visits all around the world. And having her first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor hasn’t stopped her from fulfilling her duties.
Her beautiful looks and elegant demeanor captured hearts all around the world, and her work for feminism and women’s charities has set an excellent example within the royal family.
Meghan was quickly criticized upon her entrance into the royal family, and not all complaints were because she “wasn’t royal enough.”
A family feud with her father, Thomas Markle, was quickly made very public and, when he didn’t attend the wedding, the heat was turned onto Meghan.
Thomas Markle made claims back in 2018 on British television breakfast show, Good Morning Britain, that Meghan had simply “ghosted” him, saying:
“I’ve still never met my son-in-law. Why couldn’t Prince Harry have got on a plane and flown to see me to ask for her hand?”
Sources said that “It’s a terribly sad situation but Meghan has made the very difficult decision that she doesn’t have an active relationship with her father anymore.”
“It’s obviously heartbreaking for her but she has to protect herself, her husband and her son.”
Reports came through that Meghan was extremely high-maintenance in the palace and servers who worked for her had reportedly even quit their jobs due to her behavior.
Of course, none of these reports are reliable, but they certainly made their way through newspapers around the world.
It was reported that Meghan left Kate “in tears” after a strict bridesmaid fitting for Princess Charlotte.
But, despite many claims that the sisters-in-law are actually very close, tabloids in both the U.K and the U.S. like to state otherwise, saying that Kate is “fed up” of Meghan’s high-maintenance attitude.
Amid current conversations about climate change, many people have noticed that the couple often use a private jet to fly from one part of England to the other, an extremely wasteful method of travel that will ultimately damage the environment.
But, of course, Meghan was the one who faced most of the heat for this.
The couple also recently made £2.4 million refurbishments to their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage, which British taxpayers were not happy about – this was obviously all Meghan’s fault too.
She was repeatedly mom-shamed after paparazzi snaps emerged of her “awkwardly” holding baby Archie – a struggle that any new mom can totally relate to.
Shaming a new parent is completely uncalled for, and this made it very obvious that the press were desperate to stir hate.
Meghan’s eventful life was something that the papers simply loved to pick apart…
And it seemed that British tabloid paper, The Mail on Sunday, took things a step too far when they published an intimate and private letter that Meghan wrote to her father earlier this year.
This decision came as Prince Harry made a highly personal attack on the British tabloid press over the treatment of his wife, saying that he could “no longer be a silent witness to her private suffering.”
The royal couple announced via their joint Instagram page that they were stepping down as senior members of the royal family.
“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen,” the post read.
“We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.”
“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.”
This is a huge deal.
And, obviously, their decision has shaken things up.
“We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties.”
Some were outraged, claiming that Meghan and Harry shouldn’t be able to rely on the taxpayer while they becoming finically independent.
The reactions have been strong, to say the least.
According to the BBC, no other senior members of the Royal Family were consulted – including the Queen – and Buckingham Palace is “disappointed.”
The report also claims that senior royals are said to be “hurt” by the controversial announcement.
It’s safe to say the pair haven’t been thrilled with their royal roles, especially given the negative press they constantly receive. But it seems there were 2 key moments that triggered their decision – and they are thanks to the Queen.
The newspaper said:
“The Times understands that the Sussexes were upset at the release of the ‘line of succession’ photograph and saw it as a signal that they were being excluded from royal life.”
The snap saw the Queen smiling alongside her heirs Prince George, Prince William, and Prince Charles.
Many people were quick to point out that there were no photos of Meghan, Harry, or baby Archie on display on the desk.
“They will have taken the same message from the fact that there were no images among the framed photographs on the Queen’s desk when she delivered her Christmas Day message,” the report added.
“Their decision to ‘step back’ from royal duties was, in part, triggered by those signals.”
TMZ added that the death of Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, is incredibly important in the decision made too.
What exactly does a real-life princess do when she leaves the royal family?
She goes out and does her own thing.
And first things first… Sign a deal with Disney.
But she won’t be profiting from it.
According to ABC, the Duchess of Sussex, or more accurately, the former Duchess of Sussex, has signed the deal to do some voice-over work for Disney in exchange for a donation to Elephants Without Borders.
Elephants Without Borders are an organization that help track animals and protect them from poachers – so it certainly seems like Meghan is doing the right thing.
And she clearly has excellent taste.
And some pretty stunning photos emerged, with Meghan literally radiating with happiness.
It looked almost as though Meghan was sending a subtle message with her jewelry…
Did Meghan do this on purpose?
They’re designed by independent jewelry-maker, Laura Vann, whose jewelry is made from “ethically-sourced” and “sustainable” materials.
Meg also wore a rather significant necklace during her International Women’s Day speech.
It’s a gold pendant by brand Edge of Ember.
Meaning it’s designed to be a good luck charm. Hey, Meghan probably needs it to fight the trolls!
And you better believe the bracelet also had a message behind it.
And many were quick to point out how many of Meghan’s jewelry choices were from British brands.
The brand is again sustainable, showing Meg’s eco-consciousness, too.
And her body language around her husband is no different.
But for Meghan and Harry, who are thrown into public situations more than your average couple, they seem to have this down to a tee.
Which is a silent signal of approval for him to continue or move forward with what he is doing.
And therefore demonstrates Meghan’s incredible independence and role in their marriage.
“This is a parental, partially nurturing gesture that also implies a desire to control or steer,” said body language expert Judi James.
“In politics, it is known as the ‘Pat of Power’, where the one doing the patting raises their status by lowering the other.”
Which is a further signal of loving support between spouses.
“It adds proximity to a hand-hold and suggests she is still besotted and in the romantic stages of love,” Judi James explained.
“Meghan doubles the closeness signals by implying ownership, as well as ensuring she is uppermost in Harry’s mind.”
And it shouldn’t be any other way.