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Boris Johnson, Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron behaved like ‘naughty school boys’ as they appeared to gossip about Donald Trump at Buckingham Palace yesterday, a body language expert claims. 

The three leaders were caught mocking the US President and his earlier lengthy, impromptu press conferences on a hot mic at the Queen’s NATO reception last night. 

A video clip shows Boris asking Macron why was late to the event before the Canadian and French leaders chime in. 

But the Prime Minister’s ‘self-diminishing rituals’ as he bends his knees and shrinks down suggest he is happy to duck out and let the others take over, body language expert Judi James tells MailOnline. 

Trudeau scans everyone’s faces as he leads the joke and exclaims: ‘He was late because he takes a 40 minute press conference off the top’. 

But after he gestures at Macron, the French President takes over ‘leaning forward conspiratorially’ and ‘waggling one finger’ as he enjoys giving his view as part of the gossiping, says James. 

A tense meeting between Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau was captured on camera at the NATO summit in Watford, Hertfordshire today after Trump was questioned by reporters about Trudeau’s comments caught on a hot mic yesterday

The US leader was asked about Justin Trudeau's comments at Buckingham Palace yesterday evening during a one-on-one press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the summit today

The US leader was asked about Justin Trudeau’s comments at Buckingham Palace yesterday evening during a one-on-one press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the summit today 

Trump appeared stone-faced as the leaders assembled to pose for a group photograph at the Grove Hotel in Watford

Trump appeared stone-faced as the leaders assembled to pose for a group photograph at the Grove Hotel in Watford 

Ducking out: Boris Johnson's 'self-diminishing rituals' as he bends his knees and shrinks down suggest he is happy to duck out and let the other leaders take over, body language expert Judi James tells MailOnline

Ducking out: Boris Johnson’s ‘self-diminishing rituals’ as he bends his knees and shrinks down suggest he is happy to duck out and let the other leaders take over, body language expert Judi James tells MailOnline

Telling jokes: Trudeau scans everyone's faces as he leads the joke and exclaims: 'He was late because he takes a 40 minute press conference off the top'

Telling jokes: Trudeau scans everyone’s faces as he leads the joke and exclaims: ‘He was late because he takes a 40 minute press conference off the top’

Orchestrating the comedy: French President Mavron takes over the conversation, 'leaning forward conspiratorially' and 'waggling one finger' as he enjoys giving his view as part of the gossiping

Orchestrating the comedy: French President Mavron takes over the conversation, ‘leaning forward conspiratorially’ and ‘waggling one finger’ as he enjoys giving his view as part of the gossiping

In the clip, the three world leaders seem to be discussing why the French President was late during the London summit, held to mark the alliance’s 70th anniversary. 

None of the men mention Trump by name but Trudeau seems to be referring to the US president’s talks with the media throughout Tuesday.

The video shows Mr Johnson asking: ‘Is that why you were late?’, before Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, swigging from his drink, shoots back: ‘He was late because he takes a 40 minute press conference off the top.’

On Boris, James tells MailOnline: ‘Although Boris appears to orchestrate the humour in the group, bending his knees as he speaks to suggest he’s making the rest of the circle laugh, he soon appears happy to duck out and allow Trudeau and Macron to take over.’

She explains how Trudeau leads the group in giving his views on Trump’s timekeeping and makes eye contact with the whole group to ensure he dominates before ‘passing the baton’ to Macron.

He appears to have a ‘rather naughty sense of humour’ in the way he leads the conversation, she adds.  

Trudeau swigs from his drink and gestures towards the French President as if he is passing the baton' to Macron to give his take on the situation

Trudeau swigs from his drink and gestures towards the French President as if he is passing the baton’ to Macron to give his take on the situation 

The expert says: ‘Trudeau is the most active here in terms of conducting the comedy, performing a one steepled brow gesture to show humour and scanning all the faces in the group as he speaks like a man telling a joke and wanting to check everyone is laughing.

‘He even appears to spread the gossip by inviting Macron to join in, nudging him with one hand as though nudging his memory. 

‘Trudeau then rubs his nose as Macron joins in and takes over, using this announcement gesture to signal Macron can pick up the baton.’

Macron’s words are inaudible as he is turned away from the camera, but he soon starts gesturing with enthusiasm. 

James says: ‘Macron’s gossip style looks pretty pronounced here as he leans forward conspiratorially and waggling one finger as well as looking round furtively in what looks like a bid to check the subject of their conversation is not within earshot. 

‘While he and Trudeau appear to be in full flow and when even Princess Anne looks keen to join in, Boris’s signals suggest he’s enjoying the stories but that he might be more cautious about being the one telling them’ 

Trudeau appears to have a 'rather naughty sense of humour' in the way he leads the conversation

Trudeau appears to have a ‘rather naughty sense of humour’ in the way he leads the conversation

Later he added: 'You just watches his tram's jaws drop to the floor', although he doesn't mention Trump by name

Later he added: ‘You just watches his tram’s jaws drop to the floor’, although he doesn’t mention Trump by name 

Commenting again on Mr Johnson’s unusual caution, she adds: ‘Boris actually looks like the man being cautious here although he might have been the catalyst to some of the fun. 

‘His knee-bending and self-diminishing rituals suggest he might be placing a slightly amusing comment but its the others that then run off with it while Boris begins to scan the room rather than pitching in too hard.’

None of the men mentioned Trump by name but Trudeau seems to be referring to the US president’s talks with the media throughout Tuesday.

He spoke at length to reporters in the afternoon after an awkward press conference with Emmanuel Macron, following on from an earlier and equally lengthy chat after a sit-down with NATO president Jens Stoltenberg in the morning. 

Today the leaders have congregated at The Grove Hotel in Watford, Hertfordshire, for the main NATO summit. 

Boris is still quiet as Macron joins in, with Judi James claiming: 'Boris actually looks like the man being cautious here although he might have been the catalyst to some of the fun.'

Boris is still quiet as Macron joins in, with Judi James claiming: ‘Boris actually looks like the man being cautious here although he might have been the catalyst to some of the fun.’

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