The Duchess of Cambridge joined Camilla, Meghan and Prince Harry for the ride to London’s Horse Guards Parade for the Trooping the Colour parade yesterday.
Meghan beamed and chatted away to Kate as she made her first public appearance since giving birth to Archie, seemingly putting to bed long running “feud” claims.
But a body language expert studying yesterday’s pomp and ceremony – used to mark the Queen’s official birthday – has revealed Kate’s “posture” suggested otherwise.
Judi James said that while all the royals were smiling throughout the ride, the group appearance looked less than natural.
She told The Sun: “Meghan’s return to front line duty involved what looked at times like a rather tense, but also smiling carriage ride down the Mall with Harry, Camilla and Kate.
“Kate’s posture was slightly self-diminished, curled in slightly and with her arms pulled into her sides and her hands clasped in her lap.
“Kate’s non-verbal confidence signals have been increasing recently but the lack of relaxed splaying here suggested inner tension.
“It was clearly Meghan looking the happiest and most relaxed here, using a cheek-rounding, congruent-looking smile and eye contact as she chatted to Kate.”
The expert’s thoughts come after Daily Star Online reported that Meghan once attempted to put the “feud” to bed as rumours of a rift reached fever pitch.
The row apparently died down after Meghan and Harry moved out of Kensington Palace and into their new cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Despite this, royal fans hoping to see Meghan and Kate together on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the RAF flypast were left disappointed.
The Duchesses stood on opposite sides of the balcony as Kate and William’s son Prince Louis stole the show with his royal wave.