Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have a lot in common. They work with charities, have similar tastes in style, and have become faces of modern royalty. However, the two powerful ladies have one big difference. How do we know? Their poses in front of the camera.
Body language expert and author of The Body Language Bible Judi James explains how something as simple as their styles of getting photographed can reveal a major difference between Middleton and Markle.
Markle is comfortable with looking directly in the camera
Since getting engaged to Prince Harry in November 2017, Markle has been going through some serious training on becoming a royal. One requirement of being part of the royal family is getting your picture taken — and often. However, it looks like Markle has that part down.
She’s already proven to be comfortable with getting her picture taken during the few opportunities she’s had at royal events. So comfortable, that she stares directly down the lens in nearly every shot.
Next: Here’s why her comfort with staring into the camera is so shocking.
This goes against Markle’s experience as an actress
Sure, Markle has plenty of experience on-camera considering her successful career as an actress. However, James explains, “Actors spend their careers avoiding looking straight into camera.”
She pointed out, “If she did accidentally glance into the lens during filming, the whole scene would have to be re-shot as the invisible wall between the actor and their audience would have been breached.”
Next: Markle may be tapping into this experience.
Markle may be ‘mimicking her red carpet technique’
It’s possible that Markle may be tapping into her experience with the red carpet from her acting career. James acknowledged, “This is the one occasion when an actor will learn to pick out the cameras in the crowds and engage it with prolonged bouts of direct eye contact to get the shot.”
She added, “It could be that this red carpet technique is the one Meghan is mimicking when she works the crowds with Harry.”
Next: Middleton’s photography habits are completely different.
Middleton never looks directly at the camera
Middleton, on the other hand, never seems to look into the camera. Sure, she’s been getting photographed since 2011 at royal events. But she doesn’t seem nearly as comfortable in front of the camera as Markle.
Next: Here’s what it says about Middleton’s personality.
Middleton may have a more introverted personality
Middleton’s constantly averted gaze may speak to her more introverted personality.
James argues, “Kate’s relationship with the cameras is much more passive. The fact she has even got behind the camera herself to snap some of her children’s official photos suggests a slightly more introverted personality than the very camera-confident Meghan.”
Next: This is a major difference between the two.
It proves a generational difference
James even argues that despite being the same age, their differing levels of comfort in front of the camera proves a generational difference. “Like many young women of the selfie generation,” she explained, “Meghan’s habit of doing what is called ‘camera courting’ (addressing the camera with a direct eye gaze), suggests a desire to communicate openly and confidently in the way that her peers would do via social media and blogs.”
Markle may have deleted her Instagram account since getting engaged to Harry, but she was definitely present in the era of selfies. Middleton never really got the chance, given her royal status. This certainly could have resulted in her potentially being more camera-shy than Markle.
Next: Each of their strategies have these pros and cons.
Looking into the camera is more risky
There are definitely pros and cons to both Middleton’s and Markle’s approaches to being photographed. Middleton is playing it safer by keeping her eyes from the camera. James explained, “Kate has sustained an incredible record for not showing emotional leakage in public. She always smiles perfectly and she always looks positive.”
“There have been no moments when she has been caught by the camera looking moody or unwell or irritable,” she added, “When we look straight into the camera we instantly give away more about ourselves and our feelings via our eyes.”
However, Middleton might not seem as approachable or in touch with the public. Markle makes herself seem “more accessible” by showing more of her true self to the camera. James clarified, “By opening up to enable us to read her more directly she should feel more like a friend to royal fans than a remote princess.”
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