Meghan Markle uses hair as ‘curtains’ to shield her face and displays ‘barrier gestures’ with her hands at first public engagement since ITV documentary, body language expert claims
- Duchess of Sussex attended 2019 One Young World summit without husband
- Recycled £107 purple dress and wore her hair down and forward around face
- Body language expert Judi James says Meghan, 38, displayed vulnerability clues
- Confident smile and excited eyes suggested it was ‘business as usual’ for royal
- Meghan wore engagement and wedding rings to illustrate her ‘security’ in life
Meghan Markle displayed ‘barrier gestures’ with her hands and wore her hair as ‘curtains’ to conceal her face tonight, according to a body language expert.
The Duchess of Sussex, 38, attended the official opening of the 2019 One Young World summit at the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, West London – without her husband Prince Harry.
It was her first public appearance since an explosive ITV documentary in which she revealed scrutiny and media attention has left her feeling ‘vulnerable’.
Body language guru Judi James claimed her confident smile and ‘excited eye expression’ suggested it was ‘business as usual’ for the duchess – but there were some ‘clues’ which hinted at the vulnerability she discussed on the programme.
The Duchess of Sussex, 38, displayed ‘barrier gestures’ with her hands and wore her hair as ‘curtains’ to conceal her face tonight, according to body language expert Judi James
She told FEMAIL: ‘Meghan had been wearing her hair pinned away from her face on much of the Africa tour, but here she has it curling softly around her face, not just to frame it but at times to act as curtains that provide a cut-off, concealing parts of her face in turn including, at some moments, her eyes.
‘She also appears to be holding her left hand raised higher than usual in what looks like a partial barrier gesture, with her engagement and wedding rings displayed to illustrate what she referred to as her strength and security in her life.’
Meghan did not appear to be wearing her eternity ring this evening, which was given to her by Prince Harry in May – the month in which they celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary and the birth of their son Archie.
She looked radiant in a £107 recyled purple Babaton by Aritzia gown – previously worn to Hamilton Square in Birkenhead in January, when she was six months pregnant.
Meghan ‘appears to be holding her left hand raised higher than usual in what looks like a partial barrier gesture, with her engagement and wedding rings displayed to illustrate what she referred to as her strength and security in her life’, says Judi
Meghan was present tonight in her role as vice-president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, which is partnering with One Young World to bring 53 young leaders to the summit.
Tonight’s Royal Albert Hall event is described as a ‘global forum for young leaders’ and brought together 2,000 people from more than 190 countries.
In ITV’s Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, which aired on Sunday, Meghan said she had tried to keep a ‘stiff upper lip’ under the media spotlight.
The duchess also revealed friends had warned her not to marry into the Royal Family, while Harry said he needed ‘constant management’ to deal with the pressures of his life.
Body language guru Judi claimed Meghan’s confident smile and ‘excited eye expression’ suggested it was ‘business as usual’ for the duchess
Meghan, pictured in ITV’s Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, which aired on Sunday, wore her hair pulled back in a tight bun for much of the recent royal tour
Earlier today a source close to Harry and Meghan told CNN that the couple are ‘single-handedly’ modernising the monarchy, before slamming the ‘institution around the royal family’ for being unable to harness the couple’s full value.
Meghan and Harry are said to have a full schedule of engagements until mid-November, before taking six weeks off from royal duties over Christmas.
It is understood their family time will include them flying to Los Angeles next month to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland.
The couple are then expected to spend their first Christmas with their son Archie, who was born in May, with the Queen and other royals at Sandringham in Norfolk.