Meghan Markle and Prince Harry suffering 'low-status' without 'comfort blanket of royalty'

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan and Harry attended a celebrity fundraiser in Santa Barbara

Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 26/09/2023

- 10:03

Updated: 26/09/2023

- 10:20

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex cosied up with A-listers in the Santa Barbara neighbourhood

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's status looked to be "diminishing" at Kevin Costner's charity fundraiser in Santa Barbara, according to a body language expert who spoke exclusively to GB News.

The One805 Live event was also attended by high-profile celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, who Judi James argues were "the key players" in photographs that were taken.

In a photograph uploaded to Instagram, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could be seen posing with Winfrey, DeGeneres and the latter's wife, Portia De Rossi.

James, a professional body language expert, spoke exclusively to GB News to explain how Meghan and Harry came across in this picture.

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She claimed: "New experiences must be part of the ongoing landscape of Harry’s life these days as he takes on the world without the comfort blanket of royal status.

"Posing with people possibly wealthier or more famous than yourself like this must make him feel a little strange.

"It’s clear that he and Meghan are not the central focus of this particular group pose."

James implied that the A-listers posing in the middle of the photograph are "getting the main attention".

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She explained: "The body language and positioning here would define Oprah and the woman she bends towards as the key players, getting the main attention and interest as the others pose around them, with the status implications diminishing as you work towards the perimeter of the group.

"In any group photo, it’s the ones that have to lean in from the outer edges to get into the frame at all that tend to be lowest in status.

"That’s where we find Harry, leaning in along with Meghan to make sure he is even featured."

According to the body language expert, the Duke of Sussex was used to different treatment as a senior member of the Royal Family.

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James suggested: "Harry would have been central to almost any photo back in the UK.

"Apart from the infamous photo of the late Queen with her three direct heirs that is rumoured to have provided an extra push to him leaving the Firm.

"Therefore, he might be right to be wearing this slightly distant gaze and tight-lipped smile."

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