Meghan Markle's subtle hand gesture shows she's 'in-awe' of the Queen

Meghan Markle's subtle hand gesture at a royal event with the Queen, demonstrates the Duchess' admiration for Her Majesty

Meghan Markle's subtle hand gesture
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Meghan Markle's subltle hand gesture at a royal event showed her admiration for the Queen.


Before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down as senior members of the royal family two years ago in 2020, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry often carried out royal duties and engagements on behalf of the firm.

In June 2018, Meghan Markle traveled to Chester wither Her Majesty the Queen on the royal train and attended the opening of the Mersey Gateway Bridge.

Body language expert Judi James told The Mirror (opens in new tab) at the time, "It was clear from the Queen's congruent and very spontaneous-looking smiles that she was delighted to have her new granddaughter-in-law beside her on this visit."

"Meghan did appear rather nervous initially though, emerging coyly from the train and using some more tentative gesticulation than usual."

Judi explained further that as well as making smaller hand movements, the Duchess of Sussex also kept her hands close to herself as a way of 'self-comforting' which was another subtle hand gesture that showed her nerves, and respect for Her Majesty.

"Without new husband Prince Harry beside her to touch and hug her, there was a noticeable increase in Meghan's self-comforting self-touch and checking rituals, suggesting she is still quite in awe of her doting grandmother-in-law," said Judi.

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The pair did seem to get along famously at this event, and their close relationship has extended even after Meghan and Harry moved to the US and away from royal duties.

In June 2021, Meghan gave birth to the second youngest of the Queen's great-grandchildren. Meghan and Harry chose to name their daughter Lilibet, in a sweet tribute to Queen Elizabeth who is affectionately known as Lilibet by members of the royal family.

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Recent reports have also suggested that the Queen 'dreaded Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's departure' and is keen to heal royal family rifts by encouraging them to return to the UK.

The Queen's platinum jubilee is fast approaching and reportedly, the Queen has officially invited Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to her Platinum Jubilee. Although it has not been confirmed whether the couple will want to attend this high-profile celebration, it has been suggested that Meghan and Harry are keeping their diaries free just in case they decide to attend this celebration of Her Majesty's 70-year reign.

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