Body language expert reveals all on Meghan Markle ‘signature’ baby bump gesture

Meghan Markle has just revealed she is six months into her pregnancy and she clearly couldn’t be any happier.

The Duchess of Sussex appeared alongside her husband Prince Harry today cradling her baby bump in a colourful purple dress and red coat.

Heavily pregnant Meghan, 36, couldn’t keep her hands off her growing baby bump during their first official engagement of 2019 as she repeatedly cupped her stomach.

Sharing the news that she was due in April with a member of the public during their walkabout Meghan also revealed that she didn’t know the sex of her baby because she wanted it to be a surprise.

Meghan emphasised her baby bump by opening her coat during the meet and greet, which body language expert Judi James explained has become the royal’s "signature coat-twitch".

Judi explained all about Meghan’s favourite hand-cupping gesture as she analysed the former actress’s movements during the royal visit to Birkenhead .

Find out what Judi had to say about how Meghan is revelling in her pregnancy and how Harry is "immersed in his father-to-be experience"…


In a cute upgrade of her previous baby-bump body language Meghan managed to pull out all the stops in Birkenhead today in terms of (not-so-subtly) emphasising and featuring her pregnancy to the hosts and waiting crowds.

It’s good to see her put any ‘cool mum’ displays to one side and signal open pride and joy in what she and Harry have managed to achieve. The left-handed cupping gesture might be one we’ve seen before but there were several ‘bump-reveal’ gestures thrown in there too just in case anyone might have missed the fact that Meghan is blissfully pregnant.

Stepping round from the car to greet the hosts Meghan begins with one hand cradling her bump but the looming handshakes meant she needs to free up both hands, meaning her coat falls over the bump itself, hiding it from the fans.

In a swift ‘reveal’ gesture Meghan pulls the coat back from the bump with her bag hand as she performs her greeting rituals, a bit like a stage hand pulling the curtain back to reveal the star of the show.

She repeats this coat-twitching gesture enough times to suggest it is a signature trait for showing off her bump and even when her coat is done up over it her hand-cupping gesture ensures the outline is obvious.

Her open excitement also shows in her gleaming eye expression although her raised brows and asymmetric smile with a slight slew to the left looks like a suggestion to the fans that she’s like a little bit of empathy for her pregnant state too.

Harry’s hand placed flat on the small of Meghan’s back suggests not only some protective feelings towards her, but it could hint that he’s been to all the fathering classes too and knows just where the aches might be. The more predominant back-touching gestures are still from Meghan to him though and they continue to suggest a sense of quasi-maternal approval and guidance.

He gets a special reward pat from Meghan when he holds up a teddy bear and pulls faces at the small children in the crowd to display his paternal tendencies.

Harry does seem immersed in his father-to-be experience. In one telling gesture of empathy he even mimes the same bump-cradling movement his wife is using, placing one hand over his own stomach and inside his coat.

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