Meghan Markle and Prince Harry caused a stir earlier this week by releasing two new photos, just a day after King Charles and Camilla posed for an official portrait with Catherine and William, the Prince and Princess of Wales.
Many saw Charles’ photo as a deliberate snub to Harry and Meghan – a subtle reminder that they were definitely no longer part of the functioning royal sanctum.
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And some Royal watchers suggested the bold, proud portrait released the next day of Harry and Meghan was a direct response, a statement that the pair are happy to be on their own two feet.
Now an expert on body language has stepped in and read the signals that Harry and Meghan’s posture, facial expressions and interactions send out in the photos.
In the first photo, Meghan and Harry face the camera in a color portrait, with Meghan wearing a rich red suit.
According to connection specialist and body language expert Katia Loisel, this photo, taken just before Meghan’s speech at the One Young World Summit in Manchester shortly before Queen Elizabeth’s death, reinforces that this was “Meghan’s moment”.
“Meghan stands in an open, dynamic pose, her legs castrated, her direct gaze, torso and head pointed directly at the camera, exuding confidence and independence,” said Loisel.
“But despite Meghan’s power pose, Meghan’s outstretched arm and loosely connected finger grip suggest a desire for a little independence while remaining connected.”
‘I support you’
Loisel said Prince Harry took on a “more supportive role” in the photo rather than trying to court attention, with his body providing “non-verbal reassurance and putting Meghan in the spotlight.”
“Often seen with their torsos aligned, this pose – with Prince Harry standing behind Meghan, his body turned inward and facing her, his relaxed hand gently holding her index finger and a knowing smile – allows Meghan to be the center of attention and suggestive.” both support and pride,” she added.
“This position says, ‘I stand behind you’.”
In the second photo, released in black and white, Meghan and Harry stand side by side in front of the camera but side by side in unity.
“This stunning photo suggests a proud couple ready to take on the world together,” said Loisel.
“Their bodies mirror each other, their erect posture, erect back and slightly raised chin show a closed front and a sense of pride and perhaps defiance.
“Her hands are clasped, palms touching, and fingers interlaced in her signature grip, suggesting a deep level of intimacy.
“Staged portrait photos like this one lack many of the nonverbal cues, those fleeting microexpressions, and the beginning, ending, and duration of facial expressions that provide meaningful information about a person’s emotional state.
“However, it is interesting to note that in contrast to Meghan’s subtle smile and steady gaze, Prince Harry’s facial expression is stern.”
“Love and Power”
The pictures were taken by famous photographer Misan Harriman, who is a friend of the couple.
“A portrait of love and power,” one fan explained on Twitter.
“Power to change, power to inspire, power to love.
“I mean look at Meghan’s face; She is gorgeous. And Harry’s soft blue eyes and Diana-like smile. And their fingers that cling together are bound forever.”
The group portrait of King Charles
The release of the portraits came after experts suspected the latest photo of King Charles offered a big clue about the future of the monarchy.
The official photo, taken by Getty photographer Chris Jackson, shows a relaxed Charles posing with his hand in his pocket and his arm around Camilla.
Catherine, meanwhile, has her arm around William’s back and all four royals smile casually for the camera.
Commentators addressed the “unspoken elephant in the room” – the absence of Harry and Meghan.
Editor Richard Kay, writing for the Daily Mail, suggested the image was a “not-so-subtle nod” to Charles’ desire for a “slimmed-down monarchy”.
“It certainly can’t be a coincidence that the picture was taken while (Harry and Meghan) were still in the UK and a few days before they returned home to their children Archie and Lilibet,” Kay wrote.
“It must therefore be another signal that they will never return to their central role in royal life.
“There is a finality to this photo that suggests there is no going back for a couple who could have been at the epicenter of royalty but are now on the fringes,” he added.
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