The Duchess of Sussex showed signs that she ‘doesn’t like being told she’s not the only powerful woman’ during Fortune’s virtual summit, a body language expert has claimed.
Meghan Markle, 39, claimed she pays no mind to public ‘flattery or criticism’ about her during the interview last Tuesday – while also hitting out at the media for ‘misinterpreting’ remarks she has made in order to make them sound more ‘controversial’ or ‘inflammatory’.
However, speaking to The Mirror, body language expert Bruce Durham believes that not all aspects of the royal’s interview – where she was heard speaking from the $14 million Santa Barbara home she shares with husband Prince Harry and their one-year-old son Archie – were authentic.
He pinpoints the exact moment he feels the Duchess shows signs of being uncomfortable – and puts it down to the moment Fortune senior editor Ellen McGirt tells her she’s ‘not the only powerful woman involved in this equation’.
Meghan Markle, 39, showed signs that she ‘doesn’t like being told she’s not the only powerful woman’ during Fortune’s virtual summit, a body expert has claimed
The body language expert claimed the Duchess gives away several key signs to suggest that her ‘ego is raging’ – including brushing her hair, giving eye blocks and a tightening of the throat
‘She doesn’t receive it like that, she receives it as a threat,’ he explained. ‘Up until then the interviewer is still heaping praise on Meghan.’
He went on to say that she gives away several key signs to suggest that her ‘ego is raging’ – including brushing her hair in a bid to ‘reframe’ herself to look like a powerful woman.
He added: ‘Lots of eye blocks, she wants to be the person in the room. Watch her throat, tightening of the throat, it’s an animalistic reaction. She does not like hearing she’s not the only powerful equation.’
During the interview, Meghan also insisted she does not actually focus on anything written about her – be it negative or positive – turning to a quote from artist Georgia O’Keeffe to express her views about ‘flattery and criticism’.
While speaking to runners ahead of their marathon in LA, Harry asked if they run a 26.2mile route ‘before actually running a marathon’ as part of their training
‘I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free,’ she quoted, while adding her own sentiments, claiming that she feels ‘liberated’ from opinions about her.
‘And the moment you are able to be liberated from all these other opinions of what you know to be true, then I think it’s just very easy to just live with peace and live with authenticity,’ she said. ‘And that is how I choose to move through the world.’
The comments come after another body language expert, Judi James, spoke to The Express and claimed that Prince Harry employed ‘guru-style’ body language and ‘waggled his hands’ when he met LA runners on Saturday.
Ahead of the race, the Duke of Sussex wished runners competing across the globe good luck and praised participants for providing a ‘lifeline’ for vulnerable people amid the pandemic by raising money for various charities.
The Duke of Sussex then asks who the runners are running for. One replies: ‘I’m running for my mother-in-law too and my mom. My mom just had a stroke last year too so she’s kind of recovering. And my mother-in-law is battling brain cancer’
The father-of-one – who is also patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust – posed with runners who were starting off in a much sunnier Los Angeles park.
However, Judi commented that while it was for a great cause, the ‘arrangement’ of Prince Harry’s floor-seating instead gives the impression of a ‘guru-style teaching session.’
She said: ‘The arrangement of this floor-seating meeting with some inspirational marathon runners in LA has been positioned in a way that makes it look rather as though our ex-pat prince with his waggling hands, pointing and his floor chops, is giving a guru-style teaching session to a small group of followers.’
However, she added that while he portrays some of his mother, late Princess Diana’s charm and may have chosen the floor in a bid to look ‘friendly and chatty,’ he showed elements of feeling ‘awkward.’
Judi added: ‘But with the cameras were circling here the awkward pose makes him look several steps outside his comfort zone.’