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William and Kate’s body language with Harry and Meghan sparks debate

The body language of Prince William and Kate Middleton alongside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sparked debate when the two couples met crowds in Windsor and inspected floral tributes for the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The new Prince and Princess of Wales seemed more reserved as they shook hands and thanked members of the public for their support.

A photo has gone viral on Twitter showing the distance between the new Prince and Princess of Wales as the four royals arrive by car from Windsor Castle for the first time.

The post was liked nearly 600,000 times and read, “Wait, I’m about to become a body language expert.”

The couple were also later seen standing closer together as they moved through the rows of spectators, exchanging warm words with the royalists.

Another video showed Prince Harry opening the car door for Meghan, while Prince William and Kate sat down individually.

Harry and Meghan held hands as they headed down the Long Walk, outside Windsor Castle, while a TikTok user suggested Harry may have gently guided Meghan to leave William and Kate leave first, in order of succession.

Nicholas Witchell, the BBC’s royal correspondent, said during the day’s live coverage: “Now I thought Meghan looked rather anxious when she arrived there. There was a certain interaction between the couples, especially between the brothers, but not a lot. They went to separate parts of the crowd of course.”

Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, a prominent author and lawyer in Britain, wrote on Twitter: “How anxious #MeghanMarkle looked when all she did was walk calmly holding hands with Prince Harry and waving to crowds, something she’s natural for? But no problem with William & Kate’s body language?”

All four members of the royal family are mourning the loss of Queen Elizabeth II at 96, however, and are no doubt dealing with their own emotions as well as their public images.

There’s no concrete way to know how many of these sightings speak to an authentic truth about couples and how many are just speculation.

The joint walk between the four royals was the closest Meghan has come to William and Kate in public since her last royal duties in March 2020.

Prince William has asked Harry and Meghan to join him and Kate, in a move widely interpreted as an olive branch between the brothers amid a years-long rift.

It came minutes after William issued his first public statement as Prince of Wales, outlining how Queen Elizabeth II helped him through some of his ‘sadest’ days.

The apparent reference to the death of William and Harry’s mother suggests Princess Diana may have been on his mind as he tried to come to terms with the loss of his grandmother.

The Queen died at Balmoral, the Scottish castle where William and Harry were vacationing when they learned of Diana’s death in 1997.

William said of Elizabeth: “She was by my side in my happiest times. And she was by my side during the saddest days of my life. I knew this day would come, but it will take time before the reality of life without Grannie will really feel real.

“I thank her for the kindness she showed to my family and to me. And I thank her on behalf of my generation for providing an example of service and dignity in public life that was from another age , but still relevant to all of us.”

Prince William and Kate Middleton, the new Prince and Princess of Wales, with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walking to meet bereaved well-wishers for Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on Saturday September 10, 2022. The body language of the four members of the royal family sparked debate.
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Meanwhile, Prince Harry’s tribute statement, posted on his Archewell website on September 12, read: “Let us echo the words she spoke after the passing of her husband, Prince Philip, of words that can comfort us all now: “Life, of course, consists of final partings as well as first encounters.

“Grandma, although this latest parting brings us great sadness, I am eternally grateful for all of our first encounters – from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as Commander-in-Chief, until the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren.

“I cherish those times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. We already miss you dearly, not just us, but the world. And when it comes to first encounters, we now honor my dad in his new role as King Charles III.”


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