It seems Megxit had a positive side-effect on at least two royals: William and Kate seem to be happier than ever.
It was almost a year ago that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they’d be stepping away from royal duties. And ever since, their in-laws have been thriving.
According to royal biographer Angela Levin, Prince William and Kate Middleton “have changed” since Megxit. Most notably, they’re visibly way less stressed.
Speaking to talkRADIO, Levin said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge look like they’re having more fun, pointing to the couple’s 48-hour, nine stop tour across the U.K. that started Sunday.
“When you see that with Kate and William … when we saw them this morning, they were laughing,” Levin said, referring to a shared moment the couple was caught enjoying at a “Toast Your Own Marshmallow” stall at Cardiff Castle in Wales on Tuesday.
“I think there’s been a big change since Harry and Meghan have gone that they feel more relaxed.
“Maybe not under attack and they feel very much like a team, you can feel that.”
According to the Daily Mail, Kate and William embarked on their whirlwind tour to pay tribute to the incredible work of those who have gone above and beyond in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Says Levin, “you can see that they’re natural together and they both are hoping to do the right thing at the right time.
“And the way they talk and interchange, sometimes he does and sometimes she does.”
Body language expert Judi James (the same woman who suspected back in October that Kate might be pregnant again) told the Daily Mail that “there has been a relaxing of the body language rituals of William and Kate recently and it does appear to date back from Megxit, after which the remaining top-tier royals suddenly put in an effort to appear actively cheerful and upbeat and, in the case of the Cambridge’s, much more openly affectionate during their public appearances.
“It has appeared to allow William and Kate to relax a little more in public and to show some very authentic-looking glimpses of their relationship, rather than forcing them to put on a fake performance for the cameras.”
Earlier this week, William and Kate were snapped placing their hands on each other’s backs during one of their stops.
Judi noted that this was a more intimate gesture. “William has used a hand on his wife’s back as a gentle steering gesture in the past but yesterday he placed one splayed hand onto the back of Kate’s waist while they were just standing chatting to a member of the public, meaning it was a spontaneous touch of affection rather than a tie-sign to carry on walking.”
In past years, Judi says the couple specialized in bland body language, “with little more than their intense subliminal mirroring to hint at the strength of their feelings, but they do seem to have realized now that they can relax more without losing control of their privacy.”