Meghan Markle was ‘more confident’ at Westminster: expert

Meghan Markle seemed more self-assured at her second public outing honoring Queen Elizabeth II.

“She appeared less reticent and more confident than she had at Windsor,” body language expert and author Judi James exclusively tells Page Six.

On Wednesday, Markle along with husband Prince Harry and other members of the royal family paid tribute to the late monarch at Westminster Hall.

The Duchess of Sussex paid her respect by curtsying in front of the Queen’s coffin, while her husband bent his head down.

The pair sparked mixed reactions at the service as they held hands while walking out of the hall. Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara Tindall, and her husband, Mike Tindall, also held hands as they approached the Queen’s coffin and as they exited.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry,  Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Peter Phillips arrive in the Palace of Westminster after the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II.
Meghan Markle appeared more “confident” at Westminster Hall than she had outside Windsor Castle.
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The “Suits” alum looked “more confident” than her first appearance on Saturday when she took part in a walkabout with Prince Harry and the Prince and Princess of Wales.

Markle betrayed “inner anxiety” as she awkwardly greeted the crowd of mourners outside Windsor Castle, James said.

“Meghan looked like a woman waiting for her cues rather than pushing herself forward,” the body language expert continued, adding that her “frequent hair flicking” during the walkabout “suggested some inner anxiety.”

Meghan Markle paying her respects in front of the Queen's coffin.
Markle curtseyed before the Queen’s coffin.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also held hands during that outing.

“The couple used a hand clasp to add to the comfort signals, with Meghan stroking Harry’s hand with her thumb within the clasp,” James explained.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive on the long Walk at Windsor Castle arrive to view flowers and tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England.
Markle appeared more subdued when she appeared outside Windsor Castle.
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The Queen died on Sept. 8 at age 96, following a 70-year reign. She was the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

Her funeral is scheduled for Monday at Westminster Abbey in London.