‘They’re a unit’: Body language expert reveals the six signs that show ‘tactile’ Meghan and Harry are PERFECTLY in sync – unlike William and Charles who were overshadowed by their own brides-to-be

  • Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, put on very public display of affection in Nottingham
  • Body language expert?Judi James says this shows them working as a 'unit'
  • She says they're touchy-feely display also proves how much in love they are ?

They looked the picture of happiness as they announced their engagement on Monday.

And Prince Harry and Meghan Markle put on yet another tactile display as they stepped out for their first public engagement together in Nottingham today.?

Body language expert Judi James says Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, differ from previous royal couples because they appear to be presenting themselves as a 'unit', showing themselves to be perfectly in sync.?

With both Charles and Diana, and William and Kate, she notes the men have been 'eclipsed' by their partners, instead taking a 'back seat'.

Judi, author of The Body Language Bible, says that Harry and Meghan are also a lot more tactile than other royal couples.?

In fact, she points to six signs that show the couple are already very confident in their public role together, as well as their obvious love for each other.

1. Tactile display

Harry and Meghan put on a very tactile display as they arrived in Nottingham today?

Harry and Meghan put on a very tactile display as they arrived in Nottingham today?

Command attention like Meghan in a military coat by Mackage

With the excitement of Monday's announcement that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are planning to marry still fresh in our minds, there's been a lot of anticipation surrounding their first joint engagement.

The happy couple are in Nottingham, England, today, and we can't help but think that Meghan is going to fit in just fine with the Royal Family, at least when it comes to style.

Following on from her Line the Label wrap coat, The Suits actress wore a second smart cover-up, which is by another Canadian label. This double-breasted navy coat is Mackage (whose fans include Princess Eugenie) and we love the leather trim pockets and military-inspired details. The maxi length makes it both very elegant and practical for the freezing temperatures!

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Harry and Meghan were seen holding hands as they arrived in Nottingham, as they did when they appeared together outside Kensington Palace following their engagement announcement on Monday.

Judi notes that their very touch-feely display shows how clearly in love the couple are, despite previous royal couples not being so tactile in public.?

'It's?a very natural behaviour that’s uncommon in the royal family,' she explained. 'They're using touch to show that they're in love and they can show that to each other.'?

She added: 'It seems to be a sign that they are a lot?more relaxed and easy-going as a couple.'

2. The arm hold?

Harry and Meghan were seen with their arms around one another numerous times?

Harry and Meghan were seen with their arms around one another numerous times?

The couple were seen with their arms around one another numerous times as they conducted the walkabout in Nottingham.

Judi says this seems to be their signature sign of togetherness, and appears to be something they do when not in public, also.?

'The natural way they do this suggests that it is something they do quite regularly away from the cameras,' she says.?

3. Reciprocal signs of affection?

The couple were seen making reciprocal signs of affection, which Judi says shows how well they work together as a team?

The couple were seen making reciprocal signs of affection, which Judi says shows how well they work together as a team?

Harry and Meghan were seen frequently patting each other on the back and touching one another's arms as they greeted crowds.

Judi suggests this a sign of how well the pair work together as a team.?'There's a silent choreography going on between them,' she explains.

'They are using these powerful tie signs, touching each other all the time. They’ve got a natural togetherness.'?

4. Hand on heart ?

Harry rested his hand on his chest, which is a symbol of his love for Meghan, Judi says?

Harry rested his hand on his chest, which is a symbol of his love for Meghan, Judi says?

Harry was seen with his hand on his chest as he walked with his arm around Meghan, which Judi says is a sign of his love for her.

She explains that this differs from when he pats his stomach, which he did on Monday, which is often a sign of his anxiety.

'When he keeps it a chest level, that’s more of an old fashioned love symbol,' Judi says. 'That's not an anxiety gesture.'

5. Meghan standing apart?

Meghan was seen working apart from Harry, as well as together, showing her confidence?

Meghan was seen working apart from Harry, as well as together, showing her confidence?

Meghan was seen greeting well-wishers separately from Harry during her first walkabout, as well as together with her husband-to-be.

Judi says that this is a sign of her enormous confidence - as well as the prince's faith in her.

'There was none of the anxiety that you could see with Diana and Kate,' she says.?

She added: ?'Harry's not telling her what to do, he's not giving her anxious glances. He works with her and works apart.'?

6. Maternal touch?

Meghan was seen touching Harry's arm on numerous occasions during the walkabout?

Meghan was seen touching Harry's arm on numerous occasions during the walkabout?

While there was more of an even balance between Meghan and Harry in terms of confidence levels, Judi did note something rather 'maternal' about the actress's body language.

She said that her touching his arm and patting his back could be seen as 'signs of reassurance' to the prince.

The body language expert says that this is similar to when Meghan was seen putting a protective arm around Harry during the photocall outside Kensington Palace on Monday.?

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