Meghan Markle displayed signs of ’nerves’ in ‘self-comfort’ gesture at latest appearance

Meghan and Harry: Experts discuss ‘royal first’

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The Duchess of Sussex tried comforting her own nerves during her video appearance at the Vax Live concert, a body language expert has suggested. Despite presenting signs of being nervous, the Duchess had a “regal” presence as she addressed viewers, according to Judi James.

The expert told FEMAIL: “In a sea of hard-hitters like rap stars, rock stars and world leaders, Meghan appeared on screen looking demure, elegant and rather regal on her country bench.

“The phrase ‘my husband and I’ sounded formal considering Harry had previously been striding across the stage with his name up in lights, but it was a signature quote from The Queen and that style of presence was endorsed by Meghan’s upright but static pose and her kindly, maternal mouth smile.”

According to Ms James, Prince Harry and Meghan’s separate appearances during the event portrayed different moods.

The Duke’s body language suggested his “rock star-style confidence is on the rise,” while the Duchess set out a trace of “nerves”.

Ms James added: “Her nerves were shown via her self-comfort thumb rub gesture. Even that gesture has regal echoes as it is a favourite of Camilla’s cradling but cupping or touching her bump.”

The author also pointed out how the Duchess portrayed her genuine believe in the matter at hand with a “subtle” gesture.

She said: “She displayed some of the signs of passion for her cause that we have seen before, including a part-raised finger of control and some subtle head tilts.”

Harry and Meghan were the campaign chairs of Vax Live, which was organised by Global Citizen and raised $302 million (£215 million) in funding for over 26 million coronavirus vaccine doses to provide equitable vaccine access across the world.

They also asked their fans to donate to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, in honour of their son Archie’s birthday last week.

On their Archewell website, they urged: “Join us in advocating for vaccine equity on Archie’s birthday”.

They said a $5 (£3.58) donation would be matched by organisations supporting the appeal to become $20 (£14.31), which would cover the purchase of four vaccines

The couple added: “We cannot think of a more resonant way to honour our son’s birthday.

“If we all show up, with compassion for those we both know and don’t know, we can have a profound impact. Even a small contribution can have a ripple effect.”

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