Fri, 9 Nov, 2018
Body language expert criticises “unprofessional” habit of Duchess Meghan
Since entering the royal family, every outfit, engagement and gesture made by Duchess Meghan is carefully watched by the world.
And now, the 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex has prompted discussion after she was spotted with her hands in her pockets at several public events.
During her visit to New Zealand, Meghan was snapped with her hands in the pockets of her white tuxedo dress, designed by Maggie Marilyn.
The couple were attending an event at Courtenay Creative, a programme for young people who aspire to get into the film industry.
Etiquette expert William Hanson said the laid back pose is “too relaxed and too unprofessional” for a member of the royal family.
Speaking to FEMAIL he said: "We know that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pioneering a new, relaxed, tactile branch of monarchy but having hands in the pocket is a step too far.”
"There is good casual and there is bad casual. Placing a hand in the pocket is too relaxed and unprofessional, however dressed down Prince Harry and his wife may have been.
"Will the world end? No. It is just a small blip in Meghan’s usually delightful manners that can be easily corrected for future engagements."
However, body language expert Judi James believes there is a simple explanation for her habit – the Duchess’ love of fashion.
"Meghan's high levels of confidence suggest her reason is more to do with fashion than anxiety though," Judi told OK! Online.
"It is also a probable nod to her love of '50s styling.
"Her full skirts are very Audrey Hepburn and to wear them well a hand in one pocket is almost de rigueur.
"She also loves slouchy coats and jackets and the same fashion rule of 'wearing' the tailoring would apply with them too."
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