Meghan Markle's Body Language During The Oprah Interview Says A Lot

Meghan Markle dropped bombshell after bombshell during her interview with Oprah Winfrey. She said Kate Middleton made her cry the week before her wedding. She claimed that she never Googled Prince Harry or the royal family while they were dating. She even admitted to being "silenced" from speaking the truth in response to negative allegations about her in the press. But Meghan's days of being "silenced" are long gone, as evidenced by the tell-all interview. However, the big story was not just the information that Meghan revealed but how she conveyed her talking points. Body language expert Dr. Reneé Carr analyzed Meghan's body language during the most pivotal parts of the interview.

Carr observed, "Meghan looked at Oprah with respect and as if she regarded her as a maternal figure whom she trusted but toward whom she must be guarded to ensure her words were appropriate, respectful, and self-protective." At the start of the conversation, Meghan "touched her nose often and wiped her tearing eyes," which Carr said are "signs of her nervousness," which is understandable given the major hype around this interview and all things Meghan.

Carr said Meghan "passive-aggressively acknowledge[ed] any possible misjudgments about her but still assert[ed] that her role was unknown" when she remarked, "I didn't understand what the job was..right?" According to Carr, Meghan repeatedly used the word "right" to "end a sentence and to end various topics of discussion." Although she did use that technique to conclude some discussions, Meghan's body language also spoke volumes at various points during the interview. 

Meghan Markle 'appeared hurt'

According to body language expert Dr. Reneé Carr, Meghan Markle "often looked far off to the left" during her interview with Oprah Winfrey. Carr interpreted that as Meghan wondering, "How could I have known?" and "How could I have NOT known?" in regard to what it would actually mean to join the royal family. Carr observed that Meghan, "continues to doubt herself and wonders if she could have better prepared herself."

Although Meghan appears to have conflicting feelings about the royal family overall, Carr observed that Meghan "appears to have a sincere and highly positive regard toward the Queen." In contrast, Meghan referred to the family as "the institution" and "the firm," which Carr said "signals it was a cold and unwelcoming environment." Carr elaborated that "her language throughout the interview continued to communicate that the life of a royal is sterile, cold, and lonely."

While it was clear how Meghan feels about the queen and "the institution," her body language while she discussed Kate Middleton demonstrated "her internal conflict of wanting the truth to be known but simultaneously not wanting to make a disparaging remark about Kate." Nevertheless, Carr said Meghan "appeared hurt about the accusations of making Kate cry" and that she seemed "hesitant" to clear up the gossip and reveal that she was the one who cried, as if she "regretted having to tell of this incident" in her quest to share the truth about what she experienced when she was "silenced."

Meghan Markle displayed her emotions and strategic answers

When Oprah Winfrey asked why coverage of Kate Middleton's pregnancy was much more positive than Meghan Markle's, Meghan "was hesitant to say her real hypothesis," body language expert Dr. Reneé Carr observed. While Meghan did not explicitly share her insights on that topic, Carr noticed that that she "looked knowingly at Oprah and used her eyes to communicate her desire to avoid the topic of racial discrimination within the royal family."

Carr shared that Oprah "returned that same look" later in the interview when she (now-infamously) asked, "Were you silent? Or, were you silenced?" As she uttered those words, Meghan was "suddenly shaking her feet," according to Carr. This displayed her "discomfort with admitting to racial matters within the royal family," especially since the rest of her lower body was "otherwise still" in that moment.

When Meghan discussed the alleged inquiries about how dark her child's skin tone would be while she was pregnant with Archie, "her face reddened as she tried to hold back her tears." Carr also noticed that Meghan "blinked heavily to hold back her tears." According to the body language expert, Meghan "was unable to both contain her emotions while considering a strategic answer" when she discussed Archie not being a prince. Carr said, "Meghan would speak but cover her mouth with her hand — reacting subconsciously to her revealing of truth while simultaneously and automatically attempting to censure her words."

Meghan Markle emphasized a lack of 'protection'

Meghan Markle repeatedly said that she was "not protected" and that she was promised "protection" when she spoke to Oprah Winfrey. Body language expert Dr. Reneé Carr said that Meghan used that word multiple times to "emphasize that she indeed felt no protection for herself or her son and that the difference was blatant in her life as a royal." Carr noticed that Meghan had a "saddened look in her eyes" when she talked about the nights she spent alone in her U.K. cottage while Prince Harry had other obligations. She seemingly "imagined" that Oprah has "a much better life" when she pointed and opened her hand toward Oprah as she said that she did not have "freedom."

Throughout the interview, Meghan "continually looked to the upper left." Carr explained that this eye movement indicates that she was "using her 'logical brain' instead of her 'emotional brain'" while she was "thinking to provide answers that are concrete and truthful while, strategically, avoiding any harmful revelations." She may have been trying to provide answers that did not cause any harm or controversy, but there will probably be some major shock waves as a result of this interview.

Regardless, the conversation did have some triumphant moments. Carr said Meghan "emphatically nodded her head 'yes' to unwaveringly communicate that 'I am still standing'" despite the public drama and that "not only is life worth living but that HER life is now worth living."