Since her first real engagement in December of 2017, Meghan has remained steadfast and confident in the spotlight, but lately she has been careful to make sure that her star power does not eclipse her husband.
According to body language expert Judi James, the former star of Suits 37, initially seemed to have the frying pan at the helm, dominating the conversation in her engagement interview.
However, since becoming a member of the royal family in May, when she married Harry, she realized that "a constant trait of stealing the Meghan scene could have alienated the public and her husband."
She started using techniques like being a bit behind Harry in the events and allowing him to take her when they are holding hands.
But that does not mean that Meghan has become submissive since she uses "almost maternal" gestures like rubbing Harry's back to make sure
"All successful marriages are based on finely tuned and often fluctuating signals of power that form a 'complementary' fit for the couple, 'Judi told Femail.
Body language expert Judi James says that Meghan, portrayed with Harry at the Sentebale Polo Cup in July 2018 in Berkshire, uses motherly gestures such as patting her husband's back to subtly affirm her power without overshadowing her royal husband.
THE POWER IN THE HANDS OF MEGHAN
When the engagement of Meghan and Harry was first announced, the power was firmly in the hands of the former star of the Suits.
"Meghan came to the UK as a confident, eloquent and adult girlfriend, with a brilliant Hollywood career in her CV," Judi explained.
"She campaigns for women's equality and, clearly, took a much more professional approach to all the media attention and interviews than her new husband.
From the first moment we could see during his appearances in the fight that it was Meghan who controlled, guided and reassured Harry through gestures such as rubbing his arm, patting and other subtle signs of a bow.
She sat at the front during her television interview, often dominating the conversation while Harry looked at her like a man who could not believe his luck.
During her engagement interview in December 2017, Meghan had the advantage and took the initiative in the conversation
THE REAL PROTOCOL BEGINS
"Once they got married, the actual protocol started, while a constant trait of stealing Meghan's scene could have alienated the public and her husband," Judi explained.
"Unlike his father, Harry is an adorable royal star with his own fan base, he also served in the military, so taking on a more obedient role could have caused ego and state problems."
Canny Meghan seems to have adjusted her body language accordingly to subtly avoid Harry during their joint appearances.
"Meghan's very intelligent response to all these complex pressures seems to be to push her husband forward during actual events, allowing herself to be towed if they are holding hands or standing behind him or even staring at him."
While attending the 100-day Peace Gala in London last week, Meghan demonstrated how she lets herself be towed by Harry when they shake hands to give him the opportunity to take the lead.
This click of the duke and the duchess who arrives in Dublin for his first official visit in July 2018 shows Meghan looking at her husband as a subtle gesture that shows he is in control
Meghan, in the photo that arrives at a party in the garden of the residence of the British ambassador in Dublin, has developed the habit of allowing her husband to walk a little further ahead so that she assumes the dominant role.
KEEP KEEPING THE HIGHER HAND
While Meghan is anxious not to eclipse her husband, she is still a strong woman who does not want to fade into the background.
According to Judi, she does this with subtle gestures like rubbing or stroking Harry on the back.
"She is registering her most subliminal domain through a series of small back touches or pattings that seem quasi-maternal and that are reassuring gestures, direction or control," he explained.
The departure of Harry's James Bond style from his wedding showed that he likes to see himself as a romantic hero.
Meghan, photographed with Prince Harry on a visit to Birmingham in March, uses gestures such as gentle slaps on the back to reassure royalty and also allow herself a certain dominance in a maternal role
"But he's also still the little boy who lost his mother at a young age, so Meghan's almost maternal focus seems to complement those needs as much as the flattering, flattering behaviors that increase her confidence in appealing to her alpha side. 39;
Judi believes that Meghan has learned the delicate balance of motherhood, while increasing the ego of her time as an actress.
"His technique of taking a step back and pushing Harry forward could be intrinsic to his skills and experience," he explained.
"The hierarchy is clearly and emphatically defined in the actor's profession.
The actors who get work will know their place in terms of not overshadowing the bigger names on the bill, although they will also work to gradually increase their own profile to get to the top too.