As the couple’s first engagement under their new titles, Prince William and Kate, the Princess of Wales were joined by Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex for the first time since Commonwealth Day on March 9, 2020. They inspected flowers and balloons before a walkabout at the venue on Saturday. Body language expert Katia Loisal has claimed Kate “looked through” Meghan.
Speaking to Seven News, Ms Loisal said: “Quite unlike the confident Meghan we know, Meghan appeared ill at ease during this encounter, which is not surprising given the recent criticism that she has faced.”
She added William was making an effort to “include and connect with” Harry and Meghan but Kate appeared “reluctant to interact”.
The expert noted: “On numerous occasions, Meghan looked over at Kate, however, the gaze wasn’t reciprocated.
“Rather, Kate appeared to look through her, suggesting underlying tension between the pair.
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“Meghan appeared clearly taken aback and uncertain, stepping sideways, orientating her body away from Kate, shifting her weight from foot, her head slightly stooped.
“Her gestures are uncertain and hesitant with the use of manipulators or self-adaptors further suggesting discomfort and uncertainty.
“Meghan’s hand lifted hesitantly as if to wave, but stopped mid-air, rather pausing to adjust her hair, her head and gaze lowered, before looking up and giving a quick wave, her arm coming back to rest in front of her body in a partial arm barrier, which is what we see in this photo.”
She concluded: “Meghan’s nonverbal communication suggests that she may have felt out of place and didn’t quite know where to put herself, with Prince Harry gently standing behind her, touching her arms and leading her in a protective and reassuring show of support.”
All four were dressed in black as they walked along the gates of the castle.
At one point during the walkabout, Meghan was seen being given a close hug by a young girl in the crowd.
The duke and duchess held hands as they looked at the tributes, with Harry at one point affectionately putting his hand on Meghan’s back.
Each member of the royal family was seen pointing at different tributes and discussing them amongst each other as members of the crowd waved at them.