Queen and Meghan giggled together like teenagers, says body language expert

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The duchess was nervous and sought approval from the monarch.

The Duchess of Sussex showed her nerves on her first joint engagement with the Queen, but there was genuine warmth between the monarch and Meghan, a body language expert said.

Judi James said the head of state and the former Suits star giggled together like teenagers at one point as they enjoyed their day out in Cheshire.

“But when she did glance at her, it was with a beaming smile and approval.”

The Queen and Duchess of Sussex
The Queen and Meghan arrive at Chester Town Hall (Peter Byrne/PA)

“Meghan was still being very careful. She sat with her legs crossed at the ankles and was clearly seeking approval.”

The Queen and Meghan
The duchess showed her nerves by touching her hair a lot, according to a body language expert (Peter Byrne/PA)

Ms James suggested: “Meghan did so many self-checking gestures of anxiety which is interesting in such a confident woman.


“She walked up the aisle on her own without batting an eyelid.”

The Queen and Duchess of Sussex
The duchess appeared to have brought out a girlish side to the monarch (Martin Rickett/PA)

“I think her outfit did her no favours. The caped shoulders restricted her arms and she lost some of her more natural movements.”

Royal visit to Cheshire
Meghan touches her hair as the Queen receive flowers from local schoolchildren at the Storyhouse Chester (Martin Rickett/PA)


Royal visit to Cheshire
The Queen and the Duchess of Sussex enjoying their day out (Danny Lawson?PA)

“Perhaps Meghan did bring a little bit more of that out in her.

Meghan and the Queen
The duchess’ choice of outfit came in for some criticism (Danny Lawson/PA)

Ms James said the Queen was similarly beaming with smiles when she carried out her first joint engagement with the Duchess of Cambridge.

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