Prince Harry and Meghan Markle remained “uncharacteristically distant” during the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday.
According to body language expert, Katie Loisel interpreted the lack of visible affection between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as a way to observe “the sanctity of the occasion,” while also assuming it could be to avoid drawing more criticism over their display of affections during a royal event.
"In keeping with the seriousness of the occasion and a show of respect, Prince Harry and Meghan forewent their signature hand clasp in favor of a formal distance, walking side by side behind Prince William, Princess Kate, Charlotte, and George," she said.
Loisel also observed that the Suits alum constantly kept her head down and her hands clasped in front during the funeral, which indicates the “discomfort and uncertainty” she felt there.
The expert noted while their bodies leaned toward one another from time to time during the funeral; the couple seemed to deliberately avoid eye contact and hand holding.
"It's important to see those non-verbal behaviors for what they are," she said, adding people should not be critical of their mutual display of affection during this difficult time.