Published On: Tue, Dec 24th, 2019

Queen Elizabeth body language: Who is her favourite – Kate Middleton or Meghan Markle?

The Queen of England, 93, is the longest-lived and longest-reigning British monarch throughout history. While royal fans love the younger royal women, particularly those seen to be modernising influences on the Royal Family, the Queen remains treasured in the hearts of the people. But which one of her grandsons’ wives does Her Majesty favour? Is it Meghan Markle or Kate Middleton?

The Queen and Prince Philip have been married for 72 years, during which time they had four children.

In turn their four children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, had eight children and eight grandchildren.

In total, the Queen’s immediate and direct female relatives include: one daughter, four granddaughters and five great-granddaughters.

But she has an additional five royal women in her family through marriage: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Autumn Phillips.

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Judi James, the body language expert, shares her thoughts on the relationship between the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex.

The body language expert revealed that the Queen’s body language signals she feels more comfortable around one of the Duchesses.

“The Queen’s closest friends are often given the job of ladies in waiting [when chosen to accompany the Monarch to royal outings],” said Judi.

“When Kate accompanies Her Majesty on royal outings the body language between the two women looks similar to that between the Queen and those close supportive companions. 


“Given their rather contrasting personalities it would be hard to imagine the very stoic and no-nonsense Queen seeing the rather sweet and more compliant Kate as a natural friend and confidant, but over their years spent together, since Kate married William, that does seem to be the nature of the relationship that has grown between them,” revealed Judi. 

Judi explained that it was Kate’s personal traits that won the Queen’s favour over, she said: “Kate’s cheerful, fuss-free behaviour, plus her growing signs of confidence and dependability as someone to share hosting duties, the Queen now looks relaxed and very upbeat in her company.

“Especially at a time in her life when she must be missing Prince Philip’s support and presumably suffering sleepless nights over the ongoing saga of her second son.

Judi explained that the body language and approach Britons witnessed when Kate chatted to Mary Berry on their recent TV programme, Berry Royal Christmas, is a very different approach to that of the Queen. 

She said: “Their different personalities and Kate’s polite deference signals means there is very little mirroring between Kate and the Queen but it’s interesting to see the Queen use a lot of eye contact when they are talking. 

“The Queen tends to not use very much eye contact with friends and family when she’s at public events but this increased eye and face-gazing suggests she is fully engaged and appreciating listening to Kate talk.

“Both women tend to smile more in one another’s company and when the Queen visited Kate’s garden you could see the barely-suppressed excitement signals from Kate as her grandmother-in-law arrived, beaming widely,” she added.

Although it appears that the Duchess of Cambridge is the Queen’s favourite, Meghan also has a sweet relationship with Her Majesty. 

Judi believes that Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth’s relationship has room to blossom, as Meghan has not had the same access to the Queen as Kate. 

She said: “Meghan has had so much less time to forge a relationship with the Queen and the iconic poses between the two women are still from their first formal outing together, when Meghan was being taught the ropes in the same way that Kate was several years before.

“Like Kate, Meghan can be very sweet but she is also older than Kate was on her first outing with the Queen, and more confident. 

“In some ways Meghan and the Queen share more personality traits than Kate and the Queen, but that could mean they will need more time to get to know one another in terms of forging a strong, relaxed, complimentary relationship.

“When they do have moments of mirroring their way of laughing together suggests shared humour that should grow into empathy and a shared sense of fun. 

“However these two strong, independent women might need more time spent together to get to know one another to the point where they can both relax into that kind of deeper relationship,” she revealed.

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