Body language expert Judi James claims Meghan Markle is nervous during her first TV Appearance after the Oprah interview.
During the Vax Live concert, Meghan talked about issues concerning the Covid pandemic but appeared to be nervous and did not gesture as much as usual.
The Duchess of Sussex, who is expecting her second child, acted as a campaign chair of the star-studded event to support the global vaccination effort with Prince Harry.
“The past year has been defined by communities coming together tirelessly and heroically to tackle Covid-19,” Meghan said in the telecast. “We’ve gathered tonight because the road ahead is getting brighter.”
However, body language expert Judi James said that the Meghan who appeared on the screen looked “nervous” and “regal” in the “style of the Queen”.
Judi added that Meghan sitting on a bench could have been related to her soon-to-be-released kids’ book “The Bench.”
“With the bench, she was sitting on looking suspiciously like a plug for her new book, Meghan’s body language at the start looked as serene and static as the large cushion beside her, but with a small self-comfort thumb-rub gesture to suggest some inner nerves, too,” Judi said. “Hers was a floral-clad, maternal-looking charisma, low on passionate gesticulation and high on kind smiles and bump-cupping.”
“The regal note appeared verbally too as she sat, upright and elegant, to refer to ‘My husband and I’ in the style of the Queen, but that cupping gesture that she had also used on Oprah, reminded us of her theme about daughters and woman of the future,” Judi explained.
“Her hands were lightly clasped rather than actually cradling.”
Judi said that Meghan’s speech was not typical of the style we’ve seen her speak in the past.
“Meghan’s rather static delivery did lack her usual cues of passion for her causes and it did look more ‘guru’ than a political leader – although she appeared to become more comfortable as the speech progressed,” Judi said.
“It was during the last segment that the camera moved into close-up and she performed a micro-wriggle to suggest she was settling into her more normal, persuasive style of delivery.”
“Her smile intensified, with a puckered corner of her mouth suggesting she had begun to enjoy herself,” the body language expert said.
“Overall, there was some sign of nerves and body language tension, with a regal, careful look at the start but as she warmed to her theme the slightly more relaxed and eloquent non-verbal signals took over and her signature persuasive style returned”.
Judi then compared Meghan’s style to Prince Harry’s.
“Harry [was] taking care of the rock-star vibe, getting cheered and screamed at as he strode about the stage,” she said. “But Meghan’s video found her still sitting in a garden setting as though she had barely moved on from the Oprah interview.”