Meghan Markle channeled Queen's 'upright static pose' at Vax ive concert but looked 'nervous', says expert
Meghan Markle made her first appearance since the bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, speaking in a pre-taped message for the Vax Live concert. Wearing a statement, cherry red dress, cradling her baby bump and donned with thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, Meghan looked tip-top. Save for eagle-eyed body language experts who claimed that she was "nervous" during the first TV appearance since the interview, which was telecast on March 7, 2021.
And that might be - Meghan, who is expecting her second child, might really be nervous during the taping of the video, but it was also noted that she was following the Queen's style. According to a body language expert, the 39-year-old did not gesticulate a lot through the video, which is a reflection of the "style of the queen", apparently, nothing like her audience has ever seen before.
Body language expert Judi James said this reflected the "style of the Queen".
'Nervous' but under control
"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 James reportedly said according to a report in The Sun. "Hers was a floral-clad, maternal-looking charisma, low on passionate gesticulation and high on kind smiles and bump-cupping."
'Style of the Queen'
"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. Her hands were lightly clasped rather than actually cradling."
In the video, Meghan spoke about issues concerning the Covid pandemic and the empowerment of women. The body language expert pointed out that Meghan's speech was different compared to previous times. "Meghan’s rather static delivery did lack her usual cues of passion for her causes and it did look more ‘guru’ than political leader - although she appeared to become more comfortable as the speech progressed."
"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. Overall, there were 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."
Meghan vs Harry
While Meghan started "carefully", James pointed out that she can be seen getting more relaxed as the video progressed.
Comparisons between Meghan's recent style to Harry's were also drawn. "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."
Meghan looked neat and spoke about the pregnancy while cradling her bump. "It's a feeling of joy we share with millions of other families around the world. When we think of her, we think of all the young women and girls around the globe who must be given the ability and the support to lead us forward. Their future leadership depends on the decisions we make and the actions we take now to set them up, and set all of us up, for a successful, equitable, and compassionate tomorrow. ... We want to make sure that as we recover, we recover stronger. That as we rebuild, we rebuild together."