It’s no secret that royal tradition dictates a lot of what Meghan Markle can and cannot do, from why she no longer wears non-neutral nail polish to the reason you will never see her crossing her legs in public. But for once, one of 37-year-old’s choices doesn’t seem to be a result of royal tradition, but a message that indicates something much deeper, according to a body-language expert.
In an interview with OK! magazine, Judi James, a body-language expert and author of the 2008 book, The Body Language Bible, explained why the Duchess of Sussex is almost always seen with her hands hidden in her pockets, if she has them. According to James, Markle’s decision to shove her hands in her pockets signals a desire to hide and minimize one’s appearance. “The classic reason for this very common gesture is that it signals a subliminal desire to hide, especially when the hands are shoved deep into the pockets,” James said.
Likewise, Markle’s habit of keeping her hands in her pockets also suggest a common problem that most of us have when we’re holding one item—in Markle’s case, a clutch—and don’t know what to do with our other hand. Instead of waving it around like a mad woman, Markle keeps her free hand in her pocket to avoid looking awkward in pictures.
“It also helps get over the common problem most of us suffer from, which is not really knowing what to do with our hands when we know people are looking at us,” James said.
When you have the world watching, can you blame Markle for wanting to a hide a little? Plus, when your dress has deep AF pockets like Markle’s, who wouldn’t want to use those babies? Pockets for the win.