Meghan Markle nervous with Queen according to body language expertby Richard Bailey 14/06/2018 08:16:00 0 comments 1 Views
'She is a bit bored': Behavioural expert reveals Meghan's 'fidgeting hands' betray her lack of interest in a conversation - but she still 'smiles politely' throughout
- Meghan Markle, 36, joined the Queen, 92, on their first official joint engagement
- At one point he Duchess of Sussex appeared unsure of where to put her hands
- Psychotherapist said her behaviour indicated she was 'bored' by a conversation
- However she 'smiled politely' throughout and appeared in excellent spirits
By Unity Blott and Stephanie Linning For Mailonline
Published: 07:48 EDT, 14 June 2018 | Updated: 08:16 EDT, 14 June 2018
The Duchess of Sussex looked to be getting on famously with the Queen as the pair embarked on their first joint engagement on Thursday.
However Meghan, 36, seemed a little less enthralled by the conversation of a local official who was seated next to her at their first appearance of the day.
The newlywed was spotted 'fidgeting' with her hands as she chatted to the suited man at the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire.
A leading behavioural expert revealed Meghan's body language suggests she might have been a 'bit bored' of what the man was saying.
However the royal remained gracious throughout, keeping her smile fixed even as she adjusted her hair and dress.
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Meghan Markle, 36, was spotted 'fidgeting' with her hands as she chatted to the suited man at the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge in the town of Widnes in Halton
A leading behavioural expert revealed Meghan's body language suggests she might have been a 'bit bored' of what the man was saying. Pictured, Meghan plays with her earring
The royal later held her black clutch bag in her lap as she watched the bridge opening
Meghan then appeared distracted by where to put her bag, eventually deciding on the floor
British psychotherapist Toby Ingham analysed a short clip from the event, which showed Meghan tugging at her dress, playing with an earring, clutching her bag and brushing aside her hair within the space of just a few seconds.
Explaining the behaviour, he said: 'It appears that the man on Meghan's right is the cause of her fidgetiness.
'It looks like she is rather distracted by his interest, information and conversation than anything to do with the Queen.
'Possibly she is bit bored by the conversation or attention. She appears very polite and responds attentively and initially smiles.
Meghan was seen brushing the hair from the left side of her face as the man spoke to her
The newlywed kept playing with her hair, a possible sign that she might be losing interest
The duchess eventually decided on having her hands clasped elegantly on the side of her lap
'Her facial expressions are enthusiastic, but then it appears her concentration and interest fades. She is distracted by where to place her bag. Her busy fidgety hands may be giving away this lack of interest.
'I think Meghan will be pleased to have been given the honour of travelling with the Queen to the function, but at this point of the event she is distanced and separated from the Queen and caught up in the protocols of the event.'
The pair travelled overnight on the royal train for a day of engagements including the opening the Mersey Gateway Bridge and Storyhouse in Chester, arriving at Runcorn on Thursday morning.
Getting on famously! The Queen and the Duchess of Sussex shared a joke this morning as they watched a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge during their first official engagement together
The new Duchess of Sussex was all smiles as she arrived in Cheshire for her first join engagement with the Queen. The former actress was solicitous over the Her Majesty and kept a watchful eye on the monarch as she followed her lead
Firm friends! The Queen looked in great spirits as she began her day out with Harry's new wife and the pair showed their lighthearted bond as they laughed together during an opening ceremony for the new Mersey Gateway Bridge
The Duchess of Sussex and the Queen arrive by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to carry out engagements in Cheshire
Shortly after stepping off the train, the pair were whisked away by car to the Mersey Gateway Bridge to meet architects, planners and community representatives.
They viewed the bridge and then watch a performance by local school children called Bringing Communities Together: Halton's river crossings over the ages before the Queen unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the bridge.
The Queen and the Duchess will then head off to Storyhouse in Chester, where they will be taken on a tour of the building to visit the children's library, stopping to meet a Syrian settlement group engaged in craft work.
Smiling Meghan looked poised and confident as she stood alongside the monarch during their first official engagement together (left). The growing bond between the two women was evident as they shared a joke
Today will offer Meghan the opportunity to learn from the Queen who has been on the throne for 66 years and has conducted tens of thousands of public engagements
The Royal party will watch a performance by 'Fallen Angels', a dance theatre company for people in recovery from addiction, before moving to the theatre to see a medley of songs from Storyhouse's latest production, 'A Little Night Music.'
On the ground floor they will see schoolchildren from local primary schools perform songs alongside actors from 'Swallows and Amazons.' Her Majesty will unveil a plague to mark the official opening of Storyhouse.
The Queen and The Duchess will then walk to Chester Town Hall where they will attend a lunch as guests of Chester City Council, which will mark the conclusion of their visit to Cheshire.
The Queen and the Duchess visited the Storyhouse library in Chester where they mingled with locals
The Queen and Meghan arriving at the Storyhouse library, theatre and cinema which has attracted more than a million visitors in its first year
The former Suits actress teamed her cream Givenchy dress with black heels and a smart black handbag(left). The former Suits actress teamed her cream Givenchy dress with black heels and a smart black handbag (right)
The Queen and Meghan arriving at the Storyhouse Centre in Chester where they will be taken on a tour of the building before unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening
Royal visitors! Youngsters were treated to a drop in from some very esteemed guests in the form of Meghan and the Queen
How old is the Royal Train?
At over 150 years old, the Royal Train is the only private, non-commercial train service catering to one family still in operation in the UK.
The train came into existence during the reign of Queen Victoria who was the first reigning sovereign to make a train journey when she travelled from Slough to Paddington, London, on June 13, 1842.
In 1869 she commissioned a special pair of coaches at a cost of £1,800: a considerable sum in those days. Victoria remains to this day the only monarch to have paid with her own money for Royal carriages to be built.
When her son succeeded to the throne as Edward VII, he ordered a completely new Royal Train in the second year of his reign, 1902, with the instructions that 'it is to be as much like the Royal Yacht as possible'.
Royal sleepover! The monarch has invited Meghan to accompany her for a day of engagements on Thursday and the pair will travel together on board the Royal Train (pictured)
The interior had bedrooms, dressing rooms, day rooms and a smoking room. It boasted three-speed electric fans, electric radiators and cookers and even an electric cigar lighter.
The King's favourite was his smoking room, which was manned by two liveried footmen, one just to light His Majesty's cigars and the other to adjust the curtains and windows in case the sunlight was too strong, or fresh air was required.
His son and successor, George V, had the distinction of installing the first bath on a train anywhere in the world.
While Queen Victoria's was the first train in the world to have a lavatory installed on board - in 1850, at the suggestion of Prince Albert - only the Prince Consort used it in the early days of Royal progress.
Members of the entourage who invariably accompanied the Queen had to wait until the train stopped and then use public lavatories.
While the train is fitted with several sleeper carriages the locomotive never travels through the night, instead making stops at secret locations away from the mainline so that the royal passengers can sleep uninterrupted.
The overnight stops are usually made about an hour's travelling time from the final destination.
This means the Royals are able to rise, bathe, dress, have a leisurely breakfast and then be briefed by their private secretary on the day's programme as the train completes its journey. Arrivals are usually timed so that they do not disrupt any normal rail schedules.
The appearance of the Queen's current saloon is a long way from the velvet interiors and plush furnishings of carriages of the Victorian era.
Today the carriages are fitted with far simpler furnishings with a light wood cladding and each window fitted with a pair of drapes to ensure the utmost privacy.