Thursday 13 December 2018

Meghan Markle's body language suggests a lack of confidence in public, says expert

Britain's Prince Harry's fiancée US actress Meghan Markle gestures during a visit to Reprezent 107.3FM community radio station in Brixton, south west London on January 9, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Dominic LipinskiDOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince Harry's fiancée US actress Meghan Markle gestures during a visit to Reprezent 107.3FM community radio station in Brixton, south west London on January 9, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Dominic LipinskiDOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images
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Meghan Markle is no stranger to public appearances after six years on hit US TV show Suits, but appearing in public as a new member of the royal family is perhaps a more daunting endeavour.

The 36-year-old former actress is poised to marry Prince Harry and since they announced their engagement just two months ago, the level of attention upon her has been intense, and such will be her life from now on.

Meghan Markle visits Reprezent 107.3FM on January 9, 2018 in London, England
Meghan Markle visits Reprezent 107.3FM on January 9, 2018 in London, England
Meghan Markle visits Reprezent 107.3FM on January 9, 2018 in London, England

A body language expert has suggested that Meghan might be struggling to remain composed during recent high profile public appearances with her husband-to-be, her habit of fidgeting with her hair a telltale sign.

Body language expert and Body Language for Dummies author Elizabeth Kuhnke told Femail that fidgeting with hair is a tactic women often use to settle themselves when they feel under pressure or uncomfortable.

“It’s the adult version of a child clutching favourite toy, mother’s skirt or father’s hand when feeling anxious and not knowing what to do or say,” she said.

Kuhnke added that this interpretation of hair fidgeting applies only to public appearances and would not have the same implications if Markle was in a private setting.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Reprezent 107.3FM on January 9, 2018 in London, England. The Reprezent training programme was established in Peckham in 2008, in response to the alarming rise in knife crime, to help young people develop and socialise through radio. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Reprezent 107.3FM on January 9, 2018 in London, England. The Reprezent training programme was established in Peckham in 2008, in response to the alarming rise in knife crime, to help young people develop and socialise through radio. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

“When feeling nervous - knowing millions of people are watching and judging - tilting one’s head down and playing with hair is a tell of the psychological state of the need to shield or protect herself,” she explained.

The much more intense level of interest in her in recent months would be more challenging for Markle to handle than her previous profile as an actress in the US. 

Meghan Markle visits Reprezent 107.3FM in Pop Brixton on January 9, 2018 in London, England. The Reprezent training programme was established in Peckham in 2008, in response to the alarming rise in knife crime, to help young people develop and socialise through radio. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle visits Reprezent 107.3FM in Pop Brixton on January 9, 2018 in London, England. The Reprezent training programme was established in Peckham in 2008, in response to the alarming rise in knife crime, to help young people develop and socialise through radio. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

She is also now burdened with representing the royal family and not just herself, which may be adding to the pressure she may be feeling.

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