Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s infamous interview with Oprah Winfry gave us a new look into their relationship and showed how their roles had changed, body language expert Judi James claims
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When Prince Harry got on one knee and asked Meghan Markle to become his royal wife, he knew he had a lot to teach her.
Becoming his wife also meant becoming the Duchess of Sussex and marrying into one of the most famous families in the world.
Leading up to their wedding and during the first few months of their marriage, he stood by her side to guide her through official engagements, charity outings and private meetings with the Queen and the rest of the company.
But according to body language expert Judi James, a subtle hand gesture from Meghan Markle proved that Harry’s role as guide and protector is now over and the “tides” have changed in their relationship.
In her infamous interview with Oprah Winfrey, the pair sat side by side on lawn chairs as she described her version of life within the royal family.
Meghan has leveled racism allegations and said the Duchess of Cambridge made her cry, while Harry said his brother Prince William was “trapped” and claimed his father Charles cut him off financially.
And Judi told The Mirror that her hand gestures show that while Meghan appeared confident, Harry wasn’t and needed his wife’s support.
She explains: “I think when Meghan came to the UK, Harry saw himself very strongly in the role of an overly protective husband who knew all hell was about to break loose in terms of press and public interest and he really wanted her protect – although she presented herself as a very self-confident woman.
“But I think the tide has completely changed when I look at the Oprah Winfrey clip.
“Now she seems to have taken a much more vulnerable Harry back to the States and seems to be more in the role of savior and protector with him.
“That hand gesture you can see, he’s got his hand on the chair and she’s put her hand on it.
“It’s almost a motherly-looking gesture, although it’s used to reassure him and let her confidence feed him.
“Obviously she’s friends with Oprah, she’s used to being in front of the camera, she’s an actress, but this is a whole new world for Harry to be judged and asked to perform.
“And it sounds from the clip like he’s tearing his soul out on camera and telling us everything.”
According to Judi, Meghan sits with a pit-carrying gesture that shows her confidence.
She explains: “Meghan just sits there and looks very demure, very majestic, I would say, very elegant.
“She has the inverted V gap under her armpit that shows confidence.
“When we feel like we’re being bombarded with difficult questions or when we don’t feel comfortable, women in particular tend to put themselves down, we attack.
“But with Meghan, she has this super self-possessed, confident image that’s going on here.”
However, Judi believes Harry’s body language tells a very different story and says it indicates that he needs that support from his wife.
She said: “Harry, on the other hand, is a lot less confident.
“He sits at an angle and somehow looks a lot more awkward.”
Emphasizing that Harry’s hand was on his crotch, Judi added: “He’s doing a manly pose, he’s got his hand between his legs. It’s called the fig leaf pose, it’s a very self-protective gesture.”
She highlights how different his body language is when interviewed by James Corden.
“Here he looks a lot more cautious and a lot more uncomfortable and badly needs that hand clip that he’s getting from Meghan.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/meghan-markles-hand-gesture-proved-26511436 Meghan Markle's hand gesture proved Harry's tide has turned, says body language expert