Meghan Markle is no stranger to being in the spotlight. Before she married Prince Harry in May 2018, she was best known for her role of Rachel Zane on Suits for seven seasons. Due to her Hollywood background, the Duchess of Sussex exudes confidence.
Since becoming a part of the royal family, it became obvious that Meghan has been careful to not eclipse her husband with her star power. Meghan has started to use subtle techniques to establish Harry as the dominant lead in their relationship while she has become more submissive. The Daily Mail reported that body language expert Judi James claimed that the 37-year-old former actress initially had the upper hand in the relationship and would dominate the conversation in their official engagement interview.
During the interview, Meghan's body language of sitting to the front displayed her dominance whereas Harry sat back and gazed at her.
Judi explained, "Meghan arrived in the UK as a confident, eloquent, grown-up bride-to-be with a glittering Hollywood career on her CV,"
"She campaigns for women’s equality and quite clearly had a far more professional approach to all the press attention and interviews than her new husband,"
"Once they were married though royal protocol kicked in, while a constant scene-stealing trait from Meghan could have alienated the public and her husband,"
"Unlike his dad, Harry is a loveable royal star with his own strong fan base. He’s also served with the military so taking a more compliant role might have caused ego and status problems."
Recently, Meghan has adapted her body langauge as Judi explained, "Meghan’s very smart answer to all these complex pressures seems to be to push her husband forward during royal events, allowing herself to be towed along if they’re holding hands or standing slightly behind him or even gazing up at him."
However, Meghan is still a strong woman and doesn't want to completely fade into the background. Judi explained that she maintains a slight upper hand using subtle gestures such as touching Harry on the back.
"She's registering her more subliminal dominance via a series of small back touches or pats that look quasi-maternal and which are reassuring, steering or controlling gestures,"
"Harry’s "James Bond" style departure from his wedding showed he likes to see himself in the role of romantic hero,"
"But he is also still the small boy who lost his mother at an early age and so the quasi-maternal approach from Meghan seems to compliment those needs as much as the flattering and flirty behaviours from her that boost his confidence by appealing to his alpha side."
It is believed by Judi that Meghan learnt how to balance mothering while ego boosting from her time as an actress, and explained, "Her technique of stepping back and pushing Harry forward might be intrinsic to her skills and experience,"
"Hierarchy is clearly and emphatically defined in the acting profession."