Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were today reunited with Prince William and Kate for the first time in four months – in what one body language expert described as ‘not exactly the warm reunion we were hoping for’.
The Sussexes and Cambridges came together, at the Queen’s Commonwealth Service in Westminster Abbey, for the first time since they paid their respects at a Remembrance Day service in November.
It is also the last time they will all be together before Harry and Meghan bow out of royal duties and embrace their new life in North America.
Meghan was seen to mouth ‘hi’ and give a small wave to William and Kate, followed by a ‘hello’, as the Cambridges took their seat in the High Altar in the row in front of the Sussexes. Harry also said ‘hello’ and smiled at his brother, who seemed to ignore him.
But according to body language expert Judi James, Harry’s ‘tension was palpable’ as William seemingly failed to greet his brother.
‘TENSE’ HARRY DISPLAYED SELF-COMFORTING GESTURES
‘It wasn’t the warm reunion that we were all hoping for,’ said Ms James.
‘The tension in Harry’s body language especially was palpable. When Harry arrived, the minute he and Meghan had to drop hands, he immediately reached for his wedding ring which is a self comfort.
‘Even when she was beside him after they had stopped holding hands, he was missing her, needing her support.’
She added: ‘As Harry walked up the aisle, they both waved at the children, but his face otherwise was quite tense and unsmiling.
AN ‘AWKWARD’ SIBLING REUNION
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had walked in ahead of Prince William and Kate Middleton before Prince Charles and Camilla also arrived, and the Queen then made an entrance to trumpet fanfare and cheers from crowds outside.
Ms James claims the siblings appeared ‘awkward’ – with William seemingly failing to greet his younger brother.
While Prince Edward partly rose to greet the Cambridges, Sophie and the Sussexes remained seated.
‘Harry and Meghan looked a lot more genuinely cheerful, and Harry especially, through a really affectionate smile at Kate,’ Ms James told PA news agency.
‘As they took their seats Harry threw Kate an open-mouthed smile and “hello” of what looked like genuine pleasure and Meghan raised her brows and smiled in an equally friendly ritual.
‘But when it was William, you could see Harry was slightly more rigid and his lips were closed.’
HARRY ‘RELAXED’ WHEN WILLIAM AND OTHER ROYALS LEFT
Once William and Kate had driven away, Ms James said we saw ‘a different Harry altogether’.
‘With the other royals gone Harry and Meghan became an animated, tactile double-act again, with Harry chatting to Craig David as though he was an old friend and Meghan even leaning forward to touch Anthony Joshua on the arm to congratulate him for his speech,’ she claimed.
‘Harry suddenly looked like a man reluctant to leave a party, throwing a thumbs up gesture to Joshua over his shoulder while Meghan touched Harry’s arm in what looked like a gesture of affection and steering.
‘Laughing and joking with the people outside, Harry’s relief looked so tangible that his sudden eyes to heaven and raised hands looked awfully like a signal of thanks.
‘He became animated and far more relaxed and holding Meghan’s hand again he looked like a man who felt he’s got the most difficult moments over and who could now return to being “Just Harry” again with his wife and son.’
Last year, Harry and Meghan waited alongside William, Kate, Charles and Camilla for the Queen to arrive, before taking part in ‘The Procession of The Queen’.
This year, however, neither couple took part in the procession and simply made their way to their seats after greeting dignitaries.
From March 31, the monarch’s grandson and American former actress Meghan will no longer use their HRH styles as they pursue a new life of personal and financial freedom, mostly in North America.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Amie Gordon