‘Playful’ Meghan echoes Diana’s body language to 'distract' and make royals feel ‘more at ease’, says expert

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry were reunited with the Firm for the first time since Megxit at Trooping the Colour today.

And the Duchess of Sussex showed no hint of awkwardness as she was seen playfully shushing Savannah Phillips and Mia Tindall from the window at the Major General's Office where the couple watched the spectacle.

However, Meghan’s apparent ease at the situation is far from accidental according to one body language expert.

Behavioural psychologist Jo Hemmings says that the mum-of-two is ‘distracting’ from what is an otherwise very serious atmosphere.

Speaking to Fabulous Jo explains: “What is really clear is that Meghan is using playfulness as a distracting gesture from the more serious issues and divided opinion that have accompanied her and Harry on this trip. 

“I think she is hyper aware of the delicacy of the situation, but rather than draw attention to it by either looking sombre and serious or attempting to blend in with a jollity she may not genuinely feel, she has navigated a middle path – where she can appear a little more carefree and child-like amongst some of the younger Royals.

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“With a gentle shushing gesture to some of the more excitable little ones, she is also delivering a responsible, caring and kind role in keeping them quiet at special moments.”

Hemmings went on to say that Meg may have been emulating the same gestures as her late mother-in-law to put fellow guests at ease.

 “It’s interesting to see her bend down, closer to the children – a very Diana-like gesture – therefore making them feel more at ease,” she explains. 

“She also recognises that by immersing herself with children rather than any of the adults, they will be far less judgemental in words or looks than any of the grown ups.

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“They are more likely to positively respond to her playfulness, creating a safer and more sensible environment for her to appear in.”

Harry and Meg, who returned to the UK yesterday, could be seen peering out from a window at the Major General's Office as the military spectacular took place below.

The duke and duchess did not appear with senior royals for today's RAF flypast after they were snubbed by the Queen last month.

The Sussexes were banned from the traditional balcony wave – along with disgraced Prince Andrew – after Her Majesty limited the appearance to only senior working royals.

But the proud parents were all smiles as they watched the celebrations unfold, making time for Zara Tindall's eldest daughter along with the Queen's great-granddaughter Savannah Philips.

Wearing navy with a matching hat for the Jubilee celebrations, Meghan, who travelled from her home in LA, was not seen with her kids Archie, three, and Lilibet, who turns one on Saturday.

She could, however, be seen chatting away with Prince Harry and the Duke of Kent from a window earlier.

Today marks the couple's first public engagement with the Royal Family in two years.

They were given prime seats for the Trooping the Colour – overlooking the Whitehall parade ground from the Major General's Office at Horseguards – where dignitaries traditionally stand when they are not involved.

It comes after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex touched down in the UK yesterday, secretly arriving by private jet.

They were picked up by Her Majesty's Range Rover and greeted by three of the Queen’s protection officers.

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Bullet-proof cars then took them — plus children Archie, three, and Lilibet, one on Saturday — from Farnborough Airport, Hants, to Frogmore Cottage, Windsor.

Following her appearance on the Palace balcony with working royals such as William, Kate and Camilla, the Queen was expected to have a private lunch at Buckingham Palace with her family.

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