Body Language Expert Says The Queen Views Kate "As An Equal" But Sees Meghan As A "Giggling Grandchild"
Tuesday was a special day for Kate Middleton! The Duchess accompanied the Queen at King’s College London, where they opened the newly renovated Bush House. The occasion was special, because it was the royals’ first joint solo engagement in seven years.
The Queen and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Bush House in London for a joint engagement, their first in seven years.
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Duchess Kate chose an understated outfit, so as not to outshine her grandmother-in-law. The two looked quite at ease with each other, which is markedly different from Duchess Meghan’s first solo appearance with the Queen, a body language expert says.
What was different?
Duchess Meghan’s first solo engagement with the Queen was in June last year, just weeks after Meghan’s wedding with Prince Harry.
Judi James, a body language expert, compared pictures from the two events and explained how the two Duchesses’ and the Queen’s body language was different.
James told The Sun that the Queen and Kate’s poses and gestures were in sync, and their expressions signaled that they were relaxed – they are used to each other’s company, after all! James added that the Queen views Kate as her equal:
It’s becoming increasingly clear from their body language together that Kate and her grandmother-in-law are friends as well as queen and future queen.
The Queen takes a role-sharing approach when she’s out with Kate.
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On the other hand, Meghan looked nervous and tense at her first ever joint engagement with the monarch. James said the Queen saw Meghan as a ‘"giggling grandchild", and added:
Unlike Kate, who had spent years integrating slowly, Meghan was fast-tracked into her royal duties and as a result her body language looked more youthful and compliant as she studied the Queen carefully as a ‘newbie’.