Has Camilla become Meghan’s confidante? Touching moment Duchess of Cornwall and Harry’s bride held hands at Charles’ 70th birthday party
- Camilla was seen holding Meghan’s hand during the celebrations on Tuesday
- Yesterday marked Meghan’s first official engagement as Duchess of Sussex
- Body language expert say that this gesture is Meghan’s influence on the royals
The Duchess of Cornwall appears to have become something of a confidante to the newest member of the royal family, Meghan Markle.
The Duchess of Sussex was pictured holding hands with Prince Harry’s step-mother during Charles’ 70th birthday celebrations at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.
In a rare – and touching – display of affection between members of the royal family, Camilla, 70, can be seen holding tightly onto Meghan’s hand during the newlywed’s first official engagement as a Duchess.
Perhaps Camilla, who herself became a Duchess when she married Prince Charles in 2005, was drawing on her own experience of being the ‘new girl’ to reassure Harry’s new wife.
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A touching photograph has captured the moment that the Duchess of Cornwall took Meghan Markle’s hand during Prince Charles’ 70th birthday celebrations on Tuesday
The 36-year-old is seen engaging in deep conversation with Camilla as she lends her support during the event.
Body language expert Judi James says that this intimate gesture is further proof of Meghan’s affect on the family.
Speaking to the MailOnline Judi said: ‘Hand-touching and holding is currently very popular with political leaders on the world stage but for the royals it is still a rare gesture in public.
‘This hand-touching from Camilla looked about as uneasy as the average cheek-kiss ritual because it stepped over the boundaries of royal etiquette .
Camilla was joined by the new Duchess of Sussex for her first engagement as an official member of the royal family
Body language expert Judi James says that the gesture is still a rare one among royals in public
‘It was a prolonged and truncated gesture that was a hand touch that became more affectionate but never quite turned into a clasp.
‘It could signal the ongoing Markle effect on the royals although this time it was also down to Meghan’s mother who offered that warm and spontaneous hand to Charles as he went to accompany her out of the church after the wedding.’
The new Duchess of Sussex stunned in a cream dress with sheer mesh sleeves by Goat, a brand loved by her sister-in-law Kate as she attended a garden party celebrating Prince Charles’ 70th birthday at Buckingham Palace yesterday.
Judi said that it could well have been the influence of Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, who at her daughter’s wedding offered a spontaneous hand to Prince Charles
She appears to have gotten the seal of approval from Camilla who today gushed about her enjoyment at the royal wedding.
On her visit to the Channel 5 newsroom, Camilla told staff: ‘It was such a lovely day. Just everything went right.
‘We all wondered whatever would happen next and then everything went right. The only thing is that we are all losing our voices now.’
Earlier she had said of the wedding: ‘It’s nice to have something that is uplifting rather than depressing. Everything was just perfect, including the weather, which couldn’t have been better. It was a beautiful day.’
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