MEGHAN Markle has shown she is the “real power and brains of the family”, with “self-conscious Prince Harry as her “support act”, claims a body language expert.
Judi James said the Duke, who turned 37 today, and Duchess, 40, “adopted the ultimate City power-poses” in their shoot for Time Magazine's top 100 most influential list of people.
The Sussexes are one of the publication's cover stars for the list, alongside a short profile written by José Andrés.
Judi told Fabulous: “Looking more like a scene from Suits than your average royal-marries-actress couple, Harry and Meghan have adopted the ultimate City power-poses here, with most of the power signals coming from Meghan while Harry seems happy to endorse her as a wingman.
“Meghan’s leg splay suggests both power and confidence and that partial, one-arm barrier gesture with the other hand raised to the face is the classic ‘enquiring intellectual’ pose of business experts.
“Meghan is to the front of the pose and Harry stands beside and behind her with one hand placed rather self-consciously on her shoulder while she employs a slightly more tentative hand-touch at waist level.
“He seems to be directing us towards his wife in terms of the real power and brains of the family here.”
A photo of the pair, shot by Pari Dukovic, appears alongside their entry in the magazine, with Harry wearing all black as he stands behind Meghan, wearing all white.
It appears on the cover alongside a number of other TIME100 cover stars, and follows on from the likes of Barack Obama, the first black US president, who has also been featured in the past.
Fans were quick to comment on how "awkward" their photo which accompanied the profile appeared.
One person wrote on Twitter: "This photo looks photoshopped. Also, the way they are positioned is very revealing: it's the Meghan show and Harry is just the supporting actor."
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Another added: "Harry looks completely awkward peering behind his wife like this."
Someone else wrote: "Wow, this photo speaks volumes. There is no hiding who's in control."
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were praised in the publication for "running towards struggle" in a world where "everyone has an opinion about people they don’t know".
The chef, whose food relief charity the former royals' Archewell Foundation reportedly works closely with, writes about the royals: "In a world where everyone has an opinion about people they don’t know, the duke and duchess have compassion for the people they don’t know.
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"They don’t just opine. They run toward the struggle."
The announcement comes as Harry celebrates his 37th birthday in the US.
He and Meghan are joined on the list by the likes of "unique soul" and singer Billie Eilish, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, and Britney Spears.
Previous influential cover stars have included Leonardo DiCaprio, Barack Obama and Nicki Minaj.
Writing on their website shortly after the news broke, Meghan and Harry said they were "humbled to be part of this year’s TIME 100" and went on to praise the Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Okonjo-Iweala, who was also shortlisted.
They wrote: "Each of us can change our communities, all of us can change the world."
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