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A “nervous” Meghan Markle channelled the Queen during her first TV appearance since the Oprah Winfrey interview, a body language expert claimed.

Duchess of Sussex, 39, did not gesticulate a great deal during the broadcast, a pre-recorded piece for coverage of the Vax Live concert.

And Judi James, a body language expert, said this reflected the “style of the Queen”.

She added: “With the bench she was sitting on looking suspiciously like a plug for her new book, Meghan’s body language at the start looked as serene and static as the large cushion beside her, but with a small self-comfort thumb-rub gesture to suggest some inner nerves, too.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, discussed the pandemic in a pre-recorded message for Vax Live coverage

“Hers was a floral-clad, maternal-looking charisma, low on passionate gesticulation and high on kind smiles and bump-cupping.

“The regal note appeared verbally too as she sat, upright and elegant, to refer to ‘My husband and I’ in the style of the Queen, but that cupping gesture that she had also used on Oprah, reminded us of her theme about daughters and woman of the future.”

Meghan, who is expecting her second child, spoke about issues concerning the Covid pandemic and the empowerment of women.

But Judi said Meghan’s speech was not typical of the style we’ve seen her speak in previously.

Queen Elizabeth II waves during a walk around Windsor

Speaking to The Sun, the body language expert noted Meghan smiled towards the end of her segment, suggesting she was starting to “enjoy herself” but before then, she was “static”.

While Meghan started “carefully”, she became more relaxed as the chat went on, Judi added.

Judi also compared Meghan’s style to Prince Harry’s.

Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry watch an RAF flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

During the speech Meghan, who looked smart in a red floral shirt dress, also spoke about her pregnancy as she cradled her bump.

She said: “My husband and I are thrilled to soon be welcoming a daughter.

“It’s a feeling of joy we share with millions of other families around the world.

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