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How Meghan Markle's body language has changed since she joined the royal family

The former 'Suits' actress changed her personality in different ways ever since she moved on from her acting days down the path of becoming a member of the British royal family
UPDATED JAN 31, 2020
Meghan Markle (Source:Getty Images)
Meghan Markle (Source:Getty Images)

It is safe to say that Meghan Markle's style and body language has gone through a lot of changes ever since she got married to Prince Harry.

The former actress has successfully carved a very different path for herself after she left her acting career behind.

She has gradually descended into the royal lifestyle ever since she and Prince Harry went public with their relationship last year.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle share a kiss after their wedding at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor. (Photo by Jane Barlow - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Body language expert and 'Persuasion Point' author Traci Brown spoke to Elle about how Meghan has changed her personality in many different ways ever since she moved on from her acting days and went down the path of becoming a member of the British royal family.

"The most striking thing I notice in these pictures is how much more comfortable she is in her skin since she's been in the royal scene," Brown says.

Prince Harry (R) and Meghan Markle (L) attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation)

"In the past when we see her pictured alone, there's always a smile on her face, clearly she's comfortable in the spotlight. But when she's with Harry, that smile is more relaxed. She's more engaged and having an easy time sharing this much bigger spotlight with Harry."

Brown also pointed out that Meghan has long let go of her earlier posture of 'hands on the hips'. She is seen here at a gala in New York City in 2013 (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Brown also pointed out that Meghan has long let go of her earlier posture of 'hands on the hips', which is known to accentuate the hips and is followed by most Hollywood starlets. But ever since Prince Harry has come into the picture, Meghan has changed her stance and goes for a more demure pose with her hands held in front of her.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle depart after attending the 25th Anniversary Memorial Service to celebrate the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence at St Martin-in-the-Fields on April 23, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Most of Meghan's pictures also suggest that the former 'Suits' actress has a much more personal relationship with Prince Harry than the attachment she shares with her other close friends. 

"In group pics, we see her very attached to Harry," Brown said. "She's always got her hand on him. It's way more than the casual connections we see in other pictures with her friends."

Meghan Markle (L) and Sara Raftery attend ELLE's 6th Annual Women in Television Dinner Presented by Hearts on Fire Diamonds and Olay at Sunset Tower on January 20, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for ELLE)

Another thing which has come to the attention of most body language experts is the way Meghan seats herself in public gatherings. Before she made appearances with Prince Harry, Meghan was mostly pictured sitting with her legs crossed at the knees. 

However, she seems to have picked up from her now sister-in-law Kate Middleton and has adopted the famous duchess slant, i.e. the art of crossing her legs at the ankles in line with royal rules.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton and Prince William attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on February 28, 2018 in London, England. Under the theme 'Making a Difference Together', the event will showcase the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

"That's more royal etiquette," Brown said. "Has she been coached on that? It could be. She and Kate are doing it; she could very well be adapting that as more of a royal shift in body language." 

Moreover, Meghan has adopted her body language to reflect her surroundings, and her new posture in a serious environment is a "very conservative, prim and proper way to sit."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Nottingham Academy on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Andy Stenning - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

However, what makes Meghan stand out in the crowd is her ability to be extremely flexible with herself along with having the knowledge of when to reel herself in. 

"That's what makes her fun to watch. She shows a lot more personality than even her sister-in-law Kate, and Kate is super fun to watch. I think we're going to have a really fun time watching her move forward into this royal role."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a street dance class during their visit to Star Hub on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool/Getty Images)