Harry and Meghan’s ‘over-kill’ smiles show tension on post-eviction date night, says expert
Posted March 2, 2023 by: Admin
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were seen at the San Vicente Bungalows in LA on Tuesday night as it emerged that they were being evicted from their UK home, Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, by King Charles. A spokesperson for the couple has confirmed that they were “requested to vacate” the property, leaving the couple “stunned” and allegedly causing at least two members of the Royal Family to be “appalled.”
Despite the eviction drama, the couple was spotted smiling widely as they made their way from their car into the venue. According to body language expert Judi James, the couple’s smiles appeared to be “over-kill rituals” rather than genuine happiness, with Meghan’s underlying signals suggesting she has gone into a “vulnerable” mode, while Harry’s are all about underlying tension.
Judi pointed out that Harry displayed three clear signals of his desire to hide, while Meghan also gave away her vulnerable state. She said that Harry’s behaviour suggested some anxiety and a desire to protect, with three signals that suggest a desire to hide: his jacket collar is turned up, he hikes his pants and fiddles with his clothing, and he shoves his left hand so hard into his jeans pockets that the knuckles turn white. His smile looks rigid and over-congruent, as though he has made a deliberate decision to smile widely in the face of the recent news.
Meghan’s more vulnerable look came from the way she giggled into her hand in the car in a childlike gesture, the way she stooped as she walked into the venue and lowered her head, and the tight-looking hand clasp with her husband. Her smile was also wide, but it looked incongruent, as though it might be taking some effort. It was not directional, and it didn’t have the kind of crinkling and narrowing effect on her eyes that it would if it were more authentic.
According to Meghan and Harry’s unofficial biographer Omid Scobie, the decision to boot the couple out of their Windsor home came just days after the Duke of Sussex released his controversial memoir Spare in January. The co-author of the book about Harry and Meghan Finding Freedom said the couple was told the property was needed for “someone else” and that relations between Harry and Meghan and the rest of the Firm were at “an all-time low.”
Despite the eviction news, the couple seemed to be shrugging it off with wide smiles, which appeared to be a “deliberate projection” of non-verbal “shrugging,” according to Judi. Their smiles seemed like a performance, but only time will tell how they will react to the news in the long run.