The ‘Sphinx-like’ maintains an ‘enigmatic’ smile as she speaks to in the first trailer for their bombshell interview in echoes of on Panorama, a body language expert has claimed.
During the 30-second trailer, Meghan Markle, 36, does not speak but is seen smiling slightly in response to Oprah saying ‘no topic was off limits’ for their TV special, which airs this Sunday.
It calls to mind Princess Diana’s behaviour during her 1995 tell-all interview with Martin Bashir, body language expert Judi James told FEMAIL.
The teasers reveal Meghan will discuss what made royal life ‘almost unsurvivable’, and show Oprah asking: ‘Were you silent or were you silenced?’ Oprah also says to the camera: ‘Just to make it clear to everybody, there is no subject that is off-limits.’
Elsewhere in the trailer, filmed in California, Meghan clutches Prince Harry’s hand in a ‘protective’ fashion as he compares their situation to the one faced by his mother and says he fears it would be a case of ‘history repeating itself’.
Here, Judi breaks down the key moments of the TV trailers…
ECHOES OF DIANA
ENIGMATIC SMILE THAT ECHOES DIANA: The ‘Sphinx-like’ Duchess of Sussex maintains an ‘enigmatic’ smile as she speaks to Oprah Winfrey in the first trailer for their bombshell interview in echoes of Princess Diana on Panorama, body language expert Judi James said
DIANA’S BOMBSHELL INTERVIEW: The princess speaks to Martin Bashir on Panorama in 1995
The Duchess of Sussex doesn’t say anything during the interview – but her facial expressions and gestures still convey plenty of meaning, Judi James noted.
At one point Meghan smiles slightly as Oprah, a close friend, says to the camera ‘nothing is off limits’ during their chat.
The moment, which is captured in the trailer, has clear parallels to the way Diana reacted to questioning during her own explosive TV moment: the Panorama interview that aired in November 1995.
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However while Diana was clearly racked with sadness as she discussed Prince Charles’s infidelity, Meghan seems more composed.
‘Meghan’s very subtle mouth-smile in response to Oprah’s dramatic claims does throw up hints of Diana’s interview back in the day,’ Judi explained.
‘But while Diana’s sadness was etched on her face, Meghan’s expressions looks far more enigmatic here.’
However the sneak peek suggests Meghan will not hold back on the night.
REGAL AND READY TO TALK
POISED: The Duchess of Sussex was confident and ready for Oprah’s questions, Judi noted
‘Meghan’s poise here looks regal and suggests confidence, rather than anything more defensive and wary.
‘Her back is straight and she sits central in her chair and we can see both arms splayed in a pit-bare gesture to suggest feelings of self-control rather than any self-diminishing or barrier rituals to hint she might have felt the questions were getting beyond her here.’
It suggests Meghan was well prepared for the questions coming her way.
MEGHAN, THE SILENT MOVIE STAR
SILENT: With the sinister-sounding music swirling about their heads to build up the drama, Meghan is presented as a silent movie star, Judi noted – although revelations are promised
HIDDEN EMOTIONS: The Duchess of Sussex doesn’t speak in the trailers, released yesterday
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‘With the sinister-sounding music swirling about their heads to build up the drama, Meghan is presented as a silent movie star here with only a few meagre crumbs of hints about her verbal and emotional input,’ Judi said.
‘Oprah is in full-on jaw-drop mode though, using terms like “silenced” and “unsurvivable” while Meghan sits, sphinx-like and beautiful, with only a head-tilt and small swallow suggesting depth of emotion in terms of her responses.’
PROTECTIVE OF PRINCE HARRY
PROTECTIVE OF HARRY: Harry’s hand looks balled into a fist beneath Meghan’s reassuring hand. The Duchess of Sussex also keeps a hand resting on her baby bump
Judi continued: ‘Meghan looks protective of Harry though and the way that she cradles her baby bump with one hand (also displaying her wedding band) and places her left hand on top of Harry’s when he joins her suggests she is keen to protect both.’
‘Harry sits across his seat in a way that suggest he is keen to talk, but his air of awkwardness is in contrast to his wife’s poise. His hand looks balled into a fist beneath Meghan’s reassuring hand and his free hand is placed between his legs in a “fig-leaf” pose, suggesting a very basic desire to form a protective barrier.’
NO MORE PLAYFUL ‘HAZ’
AWKWARD: Prince Harry looks far less comfortable than Meghan in front of the camera
WORLDS APART: The behaviour is far removed from the light-hearted goofiness seen in his interview with James Corden last week
Meanwhile the Duke of Sussex’s serious expression is worlds apart from the light-hearted goofiness he demonstrated during his interview on the Late Late Show With James Corden, which aired last week.
Judi added: ‘After seeing Harry living his best life recently, sitting barefoot on the grass with Meghan or rapping and exchanging banter with James Corden, the body language in this clip suggests a complete change of mood, with the comical ‘Haz’ swapped for a man sitting on all sorts of anguish and even fear related to the fate of his beloved mother and worries about history repeating itself.’
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