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A Body Language Expert Analyzes Meghan Markle and Duchess Kate's Relationship

"There seemed to be respect for one another but they also seemed to steer clear of any more overt displays of sisterly friendship."
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Meghan Markle and Duchess Kate appeared at their first official engagement together yesterday at the Royal Foundation Forum alongside their royal significant others.

Meghan, Kate, Harry, and William discussed their charitable work they have done and what causes they'll focus on in the future. Meghan and Kate were matching in blue outfits, with the Suits actress opting for a Jason Wu navy dress and Kate going for a lighter maternity dress from Seraphine.


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The two have only been pictured together once before, on Christmas Day when Meghan joined the royal family for church at Sandringham. Although there isn't much evidence of them together yet, Meghan hinted that she had formed a close allegiance with the Duchess of Cambridge in her engagement interview, saying she had been a "wonderful" support as she adjusted to royal life.

But we wanted to know a bit more, do they brunch together? Has Meghan joined the royal family group chat? Are they re-watching Friends on Netflix when they have some downtime? So we asked body language expert and author Judi James to give her verdict by analyzing their on-stage interactions.

"A strong family vibe"

Judi says both of their smiley expressions showed there was a "strong family vibe" that had formed between both royal couples.

Mutual respect

"There seemed to be a 'team member' respect for one another but they also seemed to steer clear of any more overt displays of sisterly friendship," Judi tells Cosmopolitan UK.With Meghan joining the family officially in May, we like to think there's still time to ham up the sisterly aspect, especially as they'll actually be family by then.

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Although Meghan's main attention was on her fiancé, when Kate spoke "Meghan sat listening intently."

Two different personalities

According to Judi, how Meghan and Kate approach their royal duties is different and we can tell that from watching their body language.

"Meghan's approach is hugely 'hit-the-ground-running' with her upright posture and her trait of sitting with one elbow in partial splay mode suggesting high levels of confidence and a desire to get her message across."

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"Kate's calmer, simpler approach, sitting back in her chair with a rather demure hand clasp gave a glimpse of what being a royal must have taught her, which is that people listen anyway with no need to ramp up the passion and drama."

Shared passions

The main bonding between the two women seemed to be centered around "their cause plus Harry's humor."

"When Harry joked we saw both women share genuine matching smiles and mirror the partial cut-off gesture when their hands mimicked face-covering. The cause was clearly also important to both although there was some interesting body language thrown up when suggestions of 'disagreements' were thrown up," says Judi.


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"Both women initially hid their faces behind their hair and then Meghan laughed and grabbed Harry's arm in a rather telling gesture. William's 'Oh yes' told us sparks had clearly occurred, but Kate's demure smile wasn't giving any clues about who had been battling with who."

Interesting, very interesting.

From: Cosmopolitan UK

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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