Kate is 'silently grief-stricken' by Queen's death whereas Meghan had 'pitch-perfect expression', says expert

The body language expert stated that the Royal Family appeared as choreographed as flying geese for this appearance, walking in a very formal formation

Kate is 'silently grief-stricken' by Queen's death whereas Meghan had 'pitch-perfect expression', says expert
The expert claimed that Meghan(L) has a 'pitch-perfect expression' but Kate Middleton(R) is 'silently grief-stricken' (Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images, Nariman El-Mofty - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND: Famous body language expert, Judi James has evaluated the behavior and body language of the royal family members. In a recent interaction with DailyMail, the former public relations professional claimed, "The Royal Family 'appeared as choreographed as flying geese for this appearance, walking in a very formal formation." 

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The Queen's coffin was transferred from Buckingham Palace to Westminister palace on Wednesday, September 14. Judie then went on to describe that the women of the Royal Family all showed their grief in different ways. 

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She added that  Kate, the Princess of Wales, appeared silently grief-stricken as she followed the coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall by car. According to the expert, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex "swallowed back tears." Judi then explained about Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex. She described Meghan had adopted a 'pitch-perfect expression' throughout the ceremony.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk as procession with the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives at Westminster Hall from Buckingham Palace for her lying in state, on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk as procession with the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives at Westminster Hall (Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

She then added, "Meghan adopted the rather pitch-perfect expression of someone registering sadness and empathy for the family," She kept her head up and a polite but caring-looking part smile on her face, while her brows were asymmetrically steepled to register that empathy for the sadness around her."

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pay their respects at The Palace of Westminster during the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pay their respects at The Palace of Westminster during the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

It was a great moment to witness the 'fab four' reuniting for the last moments of Queen Elizabeth II, their grandmother who passed away at 96 on Thursday, September 8. Judi also noted that the formality of the occasion was only broken once that is when Prince Harry and his wife Meghan "held out their arms to hold hands as they filed out of the service behind William and Kate." She also added, "The gesture looked almost desperately necessary for them and they were the only couple to really acknowledge each other and fall out of formation. We saw how they are currently using this hand clasp as something of an emotional life-line."

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Judi James was speaking to Mail Online evaluating the body language of the royal family members
Judi James was speaking to Mail Online evaluating the body language of the royal family members

She then explained, "Meghan was using it to gently rub Harry’s hand with her thumb in a gesture of reassurance at Windsor and the likelihood was that it was used as a mutual support system here today."  Judi added, "There were very large spatial gaps between [the Royals], so no interaction of any kind, meaning they all appeared looking solitary and lost in reflection."

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The first members of the public pay their respects as the vigil begins around the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it Lies in State inside Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Members of the public are able to pay respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for 23 hours a day from 17:00 on September 14, 2022 until 06:30 on September 19, 2022.  Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
The first members of the public pay their respects as the vigil begins around the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it Lies in State inside Westminster Hall (Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Judi also claimed, "Even the wives, who followed in their cars, seemed to be silent, both verbally and non-verbally. Kate sat beside Camilla in a pose of sadness and Sophie sat lost in grief-stricken reflection beside Meghan." Further, she said, "When Kate entered the palace hall she did appear to be as silently grief-stricken as Sophie, with some heavy swallowing, pursed lips and narrow-looking eyes suggesting she was close to tears." 

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales walk behind the coffin as they arrive in The Palace of Westminster after the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales walk behind the coffin as they arrive at The Palace of Westminster after the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II (Nariman El-Mofty-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

She also stated, "There were no signs of socializing at all until they lined up to file out in couples. While the other royals sustained their air of silent formality, Harry and Meghan closed the gap between them."

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is escorted into Westminster Hall  for the Lying-in State on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex  holding hands during the procession (Peter Tarry - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The expert also opined, "Their arm and hand gestures suggested they couldn’t wait to be back in literal touch again and rather than wait until their torsos were touching before they clasped hands they stretched their arms out to return to their signature ritual of closeness and comfort."

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Prince William, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex walk behind the coffin during the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Prince William, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex stood side to side next to the coffin during the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II (Jeff J Mitchell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Judi noted certain aspects about William and Harry, she said, "Both sustained something of a poker face as they walked, especially William, who was in full uniform. Harry’s body language was a little less formal and there was a moment when the coffin was lifted from the carriage that he performed a small shoulder-roll as though wishing he were helping to carry it himself." While talking about other family members, she suggested, "Andrew, standing alone and not in uniform, seemed to use his height to stand rigidly tall as though permanently to attention, with his raised chin and his mouth clamp and frown suggesting a desire to be seen as dutiful."

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King Charles III, Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Camilla, Queen Consort pay their respects in The Palace of Westminster during the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
King Charles III, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, and Camilla, Queen Consort pay their respects in The Palace of Westminster (David Ramos/Getty Images)

Whereas, "Anne still looked unable to keep her eyes from the coffin, as though watching and guarding her mother to the last moment." Further, she stated, "Charles was seen to perform one micro-gesture of utter grief when his mouth suddenly stretched sideways and his jaw fell open slightly." 

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King Charles III, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Camilla, Queen Consort, Sir Timothy Laurence, Mr Peter Phillips, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Princess Beatrice and Prince Edward, Duke of Kent are seen inside the Palace of Westminster for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died Princess At Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
The Royal Family paid their respect to Queen Elizabeth II at Westminister Hall (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The expert then said, 'She is almost unrecognizable in her grief, and her mouth remained clamped, her head tilted and her eyes gazing in a gesture of reflection. Meanwhile, this was "the first time we have seen Kate properly, "Ms James said. Kate's 'facial features suggested intense grief and a fighting back of tears. Regarding Sophie, she stated, "Her eyes looked narrowed as though she had been crying, and her lips were pursed in a gesture of self-control. Some deep swallowing suggested the tears might have been close, though."

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