Kate Middleton 'ignored Meghan's forced smile' amid Sussex-Cambridge rift ...

KATE MIDDLETON "ignored Meghan Markle's forced smile" in the Duchess of Sussex's final moments as a senior member of the Royal Family, a body language expert claimed.

PUBLISHED: 14:14, Sat, Nov 28, 2020 | UPDATED: 14:14, Sat, Nov 28, 2020

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Meghan and husband Prince Harry made Royal Family history as they opted to move away from senior duties in the Firm, leading many observers to reiterate their claims of a rift between the Sussex and Cambridge households. Animosity between Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband Prince William, with Harry and Meghan has been well documented in reports, and a body language expert claimed this tension could be seen during their last appearance together. Most recently, all four were together for a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, in which "no one around Meghan" smiled.

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This, Mollie Birney suggested, was in stark contrast to pictures taken of the couples, once dubbed the "Fab Four" in the media, on occasions such as Christmas Day.

It is unclear exactly when the apparent rift began to develop, with historians such as Robert Lacey claiming it could go as far back as when Harry and William were young brothers, learning the ropes of royal life.

The Commonwealth Day service was one of Harry and Meghan's last appearances as senior Royal Family members, opting to stand down to lead a more "financially independent life" from April this year.

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And Ms Birney, who reviewed pictures of the event, said there was a notable strain between the two Duchesses.

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle's body language has been analysedKate Middleton and Meghan Markle's body language has been analysed (Image: GETTY)

Kate Middleton with Meghan Markle at the Commonwealth Day serviceKate Middleton with Meghan Markle at the Commonwealth Day service (Image: GETTY)

Ms Birney explained that she was "most struck by how Meghan's smile is absolutely unwavering throughout the procession", which means it could appear "fairly forced".

The smile, she said, was "not a relaxed, authentic smile", but "tense".

In footage after Meghan took her seat, Kate then entered the fold, "looking past Meghan" as she greeted other guests present at the service.

Ms Birney noted: "Meghan continues to smile, despite being ignored by Kate, who makes absolutely no effort to make eye contact with her despite being well within her eye line.

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