Queen Elizabeth II funeral: Meghan Markle as ‘fish out of water’ as body language expert analyzes royal bonds

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Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest by the royal family on Monday during a funeral at Westminster Abbey, followed by a funeral in St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle outside central London.

Her state funeral was the culmination of 10 days of mourning with Her Majesty following her death on September 8 at the age of 96.

The Queen’s ceremony was attended by dignitaries from around the world, including President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, but royals (current and former) were watched with a stern eye when body language experts revealed that Meghan Markle showed signs of “disconnect” from the family and had to grieve alone.

Psychotherapist and human behavior expert Dr. Robi Ludwig explained to Fox News Digital that Meghan seemed like a “fish in water” and may have even used fashion as her own personal shield by wearing an oversized black hat to help her break free from the bleak event. .

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Meghan Markle and the Royal Family's Body Language Explained at Queen Elizabeth II's Funeral.

Meghan Markle and the Royal Family’s Body Language Explained at Queen Elizabeth II’s Funeral.
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Prince Harry and Meghan left their royal duties in 2020 and moved to the United States because of what they described as the interference of the British media and racist attitudes towards their families.

They have rarely returned to the UK, but most recently attended the Queen’s platinum anniversary in June, when they attended a royal engagement at the five-day event before celebrating daughter Lilibet’s first birthday at Frogmore Cottage. .

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As the Duchess of Sussex waited to be seated, she clenched her hands, indicating “she is cut off from her surroundings while trying to comfort herself at the same time.”

Ludwig added: “I don’t think this is what she expected. Meghan Markle didn’t think about the cause and effect of her actions and how it could harm her.”

King Charles III, Harry, the Duke of Sussex, Camilla, the Queen Consort and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, watch Queen Elizabeth II's coffin arrive at Wellington Arch after her state funeral at Westminster Abbey.

King Charles III, Harry, the Duke of Sussex, Camilla, the Queen Consort and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, watch Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin arrive at Wellington Arch after her state funeral at Westminster Abbey.
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrives at Westminster Abbey for Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrives at Westminster Abbey for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral.
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In a depiction of the Sovereign’s ceremony at Westminster Abbey, Ludwig described Prince Harry’s protective nature over his wife as he appeared to be comforting her.

“Harry needs to focus on his wife, which is reflected in his body language by holding her hand and leaning toward her,” Ludwig said.

“Meghan uses the hat to hide, a very different presentation style than she has shown in the past. She looks down because she feels the disapproval and is not in her element.”

While Markle may have felt “disapproval”, a royal pundit previously told Fox News Digital that he believes Markle has done “really well” over the past week.

“She hasn’t given the impression that she’s trying to come across and put in the effort. She’s just gone and done what it took,” said royal expert Duncan Larcombe, adding that she even has some in the UK won.

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Meanwhile, Prince Harry was behind his father, King Charles III, and Queen Consort Camilla. Prince William and Kate Middleton sat across the row with their two oldest children, Prince George (9) and Princess Charlotte (7).

“Harry looks sad about the day and you can imagine he feels like a man between two worlds,” said Ludwig. “He’s given up on a lot and his contemplative face shows the pain for all that’s happened over the years. I don’t think Harry ever expected his actions to cause this kind of lasting strife. If the Queen were his anchor for the family, that too has been lost.”

Leaving the funeral, Meghan walked behind Queen Consort Camilla, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Kate Middleton and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive for Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sit behind King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla at Queen Elizabeth II's funeral on September 19, 2022.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sit behind King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on September 19, 2022.
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Ludwig said Markle’s attitude stood out because there was one “in synchronization” with the royal family while still being “solemn but forward-looking, indicating a presence in the moment”.

She added: “Meghan, with her head tilted down, her face covered, indicating feelings of shame and victimization. There is a sense that she is upset and uncomfortable. Her body language indicates a disconnection with the other family members and an inconvenience with her current status among the working royals. She definitely feels the cold and is very uncomfortable with it. She’s like a fish in water, and it’s obvious.”

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stayed close to each other throughout the 10-day mourning period and were regularly seen holding hands greeting mourners or attending engagements in the Queen’s honour, an unlikely move for working members of the royal family.

“As we saw at this funeral, Harry and Meghan always stay close and touch each other whenever possible β€” they seem like two magnets being pulled together,” body language expert Tonya Reiman said.

She noticed the differences between the brothers as Harry appeared shocked, while William looked moved during the procedure.

“During the ceremony you could clearly see that while William was the image of what the royal family should convey, he was clearly emotional,” Reiman said.

Queen Consort Camilla, left, walks with Meghan Markle, Prince George, Kate Middleton, Princess Charlotte and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, during Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral at Westminster Abbey.

Queen Consort Camilla, left, walks with Meghan Markle, Prince George, Kate Middleton, Princess Charlotte and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, during Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey.
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Prince William, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex are shown at Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral at Westminster Abbey.

Prince William, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex are shown at Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey.
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“This is a moment when you see real sadness on William’s face. Note his eyebrows that rise and contract, the lines that go down between his eyes and the sadness shown by the fear in his forehead.”

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Reiman agreed that the newly appointed Princess of Wales radiated the ‘royal face’, saying: ‘We don’t know what she really feels with the face veil, the correct posture and the arms at her sides. She’s the image of a woman who needs to be strong and hold it all together.”

She added: “Kate looks so regal. She has stepped into the role of Princess of Wales seamlessly. It’s very easy to see why William fell in love with her. She couldn’t be more suited to the role or warmer like a mother.”

Royal pundit Shannon Spence believed the distance from the Duchess of Sussex was “to be expected” after years of family turmoil.

Prince George, Camilla, Queen Consort and Catherine, Princess of Wales, are shown at Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral.

Prince George, Camilla, Queen Consort and Catherine, Princess of Wales, are shown at Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry held hands during a walk in Windsor Castle last week with Prince William and Kate Middleton to view flowers and tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry held hands during a walk in Windsor Castle last week with Prince William and Kate Middleton to view flowers and tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.
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“I think this distance we see between the Duchess of Sussex is to be expected,” Spence told Fox News Digital.

β€œFor the past two years she has not held back on the public forum how she feels about the institution and how she feels that she has been treated by her in-laws. The sense of isolation is palpable and would have been natural given all that has happened.”

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