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Meghan Markle used ‘authoritative gestures like a politician’ during her Girl Up speech, body language expert reveals

MEGHAN Markle used “calm, authoritative gestures like a politician” during her Girl Up speech today, a body language expert reveals. 

The Duchess of Sussex, 38, was one of the keynote speakers at the virtual Leadership Summit, and showed an “upgrade” in “confidence”, since stepping back as a senior royal. 

⚠️Read our Meghan and Harry blog for the latest news on the Royal couple.

In her moving speech, the duchess spoke out at world leaders who don’t listen to young people fighting gender, climate change & racial injustice.

Judi James told Fabulous: “There was a subtle but formidable upgrade of Meghan’s body language signals as she made what is perhaps her most important speech since her marriage to Harry. 

“Her finger-pinch precision gesture is one often used by politicians to show precise thought and her raised index finger signaled calm authority. 

“Her ‘praying’ hand clasp that was pointed forward added to the impression of a guru or inspirational speaker, while her straight address eye contact showed confidence, with the cheek-rounded smile making it warm rather than too challenging.”

Judi said that Meghan was “calm and measured” and there was no hint of her reading from autocue. 

She added: “This sense of unscripted communication will give the impression that she speaks from the heart.

“The only familiar ‘Meghan’ gestures were a couple of hair-touches, but rather than being confused with self-comfort rituals as they were when she posed with Harry, these self-touches ended with the hand balling into small fists of passion instead. 

“She introduced a one-steepled-brow gesture that suggested confident, intelligent analysis and her slow blink rituals endorsed that impression.”

Judi added that she has transformed from a “newbie royal to solo-act inspirational guru on the global stage”. 

Meghan spoke at the Girl Up Global Leadership Summit today, an online conference also featuring Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and the Duchess of Sussex's friend Priyanka Chopra.

Meghan said women needed to realise that those in power were "dependent" on them.

"I want to share something with you. It's that those in the halls and corridors and places of power - from lawmakers to world leaders to executives - all of those people, they depend on you more than you will ever depend on them," she said.

"And here's the thing: they know this.

"Another thing about those lawmakers and leaders and executives I mentioned earlier. Now many of them, better or worse, they don't listen until they have to because the status quo is easy to excuse and it's hard to break.

"But it will pull tightest right before snapping.

"Your gut will tell you what's right and what's wrong, what's fair and what's unfair. The hardest part - and it was the hardest part for me - is to chase your convictions with actions."

She said young people were "setting the tone for an equitable humanity".

"This is a humanity that desperately needs you... And to not only frame the debate, but be in charge of the debate - on racial justice, gender, climate change, mental health and well-being, on civic engagement, on public service, on so much more," she said.

Her intervention comes days after she sparked anger along with Prince Harry by saying we must acknowledge the "uncomfortable" past of the Commonwealth.

Meghan, Prince Harry and Archie are currently staying in Hollywood producer Tyler Perry's £15million mansion, where she has been spending lockdown with husband Prince Harry.

Meghan and Harry have signed with the same New York-based speaking agency that represents the Obamas.

The speech was Meghan's first major public appearance since a tumultuous Megxit, and was broadcast to more than 40,000 people watching online.

She wore a blue dress and a £5,600 Cartier 18ct gold bracelet.

Meanwhile, these are the tricks Meghan Markle uses to make everyone like her in a room, according to etiquette expert.

We shared how Meghan had ‘no intention’ of staying in UK after marrying Prince Harry despite £2.4m refurb to Frogmore cottage.

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