Commonwealth Day service was one of Harry and Meghan’s last appearances as senior members of the Royal Family, choosing to step down to lead a more ‘financially independent’ life from April of this year.
And Ms Birney, who reviewed photos from the event, said there was noticeable tension between the two duchesses.
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Ms Birney explained that she was ‘very struck by how absolutely steadfast Meghan’s smile is throughout the procession’, meaning it could appear ‘quite forced’.
The smile, she said, was “not a relaxed and genuine smile” but “strained”.
In the footage after Meghan took her seat, Kate then entered the fold, ‘looking past Meghan’ as she greeted the other guests present at the service.
Ms Birney noted: ‘Meghan continues to smile, despite being ignored by Kate, who makes absolutely no effort to make eye contact with her despite being good in her eye line.
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“No one else around Meghan is smiling either, so it really stands out. ”
Speaking to The List recently, Ms Birney argued that Meghan doesn’t smile because she is happy – quite the opposite, because she ‘looks more like someone who makes a concerted effort to appear phaseless by being snubbed “, Adding:” Basically, she’s pretending. ”
The tongue between the two was a far cry from the happier images released after Christmas Day in 2018, the expert observed.
She thought their exchange that day was “very different” as Kate and Meghan were seen “subtly leaning towards each other”, “making repeated eye contact” and appearing to have a “much warmer and warmer interaction”. gentle “.
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Ms Birney added, “While it wasn’t exactly intimate, the body language indicated warmth and even a little playfulness.
“Meghan’s smile is sweeter, more genuine, and more reflected in her eyes than in her mouth. ”
Mr Lacey suggested earlier this month that Harry had become irritated with William after being ‘treated like a court jester’ as his brother began to understand his royal future as king.
He cited examples such as the infamous incident where Harry wore a Nazi uniform, and the dramatic fallout in the press.
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He claimed William helped Harry pick out the costume for a party, but didn’t take the heat after images of him in uniform emerged.
Others have argued that the argument, particularly between Harry and William, started in 2016 – when the Duke of Sussex introduced Meghan to her brother and sister-in-law.
But author Angela Levin wrote in her 2018 book Harry: Conversations with the Prince that resentment may have crept in before that, especially when the couple studied together at Eton College.
She said: “Harry complained once or twice that William was not there for him, but he could have teased him.
“Even if it was true, William at 15 had little more life experience than Harry, despite years of trying to be their mother’s parent.
“It was an adult’s job and someone should have understood that they needed professional help.”