Prince William, Kate lack 'affectionate' vibe of Prince Harry, Meghan: expert - New York Post

Prince William and Kate Middleton had a noticeably different approach to handling the general public than Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle as they greeted hundreds of people outside of Windsor Castle who were mourning the loss of Queen Elizabeth II who died on Thursday at the age of 96.

Body language expert Tonya Reiman exclusively told Fox News Digital there was a "gigantic difference" between the couples, which began in the way "they approached one another" and carried on throughout the long walk as Harry lovingly held his wife's hand while the newly-appointed Prince and Princess of Wales acted more like "royals" with distance between the pair.

"People were going, 'Oh My God, you see how much love there is between one couple [Harry and Meghan], but the other couple [William and Kate] are royals.' They're used to this stuff," Reiman said. 

From left, Britain's Kate, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk to meet members of the public, at Windsor Castle, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, in Windsor, England, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022. From left, Britain's Kate, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk to meet members of the public, at Windsor Castle, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, in Windsor, England, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022. Chris Jackson/Pool Photo via AP

The new "Fab Four" reunited after years apart, but weren't without some criticism as Prince William went viral in a video where he was criticized for his lack of chivalry for his wife, while Harry rushed to be by Meghan's side and open a car door as the group left the event together Saturday.

Reiman noted that while Harry is obviously protective of Meghan, his penchant for crossing his arm over his jacket was due to never truly feeling comfortable in the spotlight despite nearly four decades with royal status. 

William, Kate, Harry and Meghan view flowers and tributes to Queen Elizabeth. Princes William and Harry, along with their wives Kate and Meghan, view flowers and tributes to Queen Elizabeth. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

"He always does this, that's a comfort level thing to cross his arms and when we cross our arms across our body, it's to help us feel less vulnerable. When I see this, I don't see discomfort on Harry's part, but I feel vulnerability," Reiman said. 

"When you look at Kate, she is all royal. She is the one. So looking at Kate, you have to recognize this is kind of what she's been primed for. I don't think that there's a question of who's better at it. I think it's more who was more comfortable being in that skin, and that for me is Kate."

Reiman also noted that Middleton's facial expressions were more demure and royally charged with an "I don't care about you" instinct, as she insisted, "It's how she's been bred. A hug from Kate is kind of like there's an invisible wall up."

"When it comes to the hand holding, there is a difference between the two brothers. I think it suggests more of what William and Kate feel is 'appropriate' and what Meghan and Harry feel comfortable with."

Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at Windsor Castle. Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle. Reuters Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at Windsor Castle. "When it comes to the hand holding, there is a difference between the two brothers," Reiman said. "I think it suggests more of what William and Kate feel is 'appropriate' and what Meghan and Harry feel comfortable with." Getty Images

Reiman commented that the differences were more evident than ever when Harry ran to open the car door for Meghan while William stood aside as Kate handled the situation alone. "You become comfortable with what you know and expect," she said.

As they made their way to the crowds, the "difference is definitely obvious when you come to Meghan" who was warm and welcoming, offering hugs and speaking with members of the public as if they were her own family. At one point, it appeared as though Meghan promised to bring flowers to The Queen's resting place, but an aide insisted Markle hand over the blooms and continue meeting with the people.

"Whereas Kate might feel on some level that same way, but she doesn't demonstrate that same amount of emotion. She's more 'this is what's proper', 'this is what I've been bred to do'. The two brothers are similar like that," Reiman said. "When you look at Harry, he is much more open yet very uncomfortable. He's always doing something that demonstrates discomfort, whether it's closing his arms off or whether it's putting your hand up and never in a rude manner, but a manner that says I need some kind of barrier."

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"William is just completely royal and has a 'don't get too close to me' persona. So I think Harry wants to be the person who gets close, but can't because of how he's been brought up. He tries, but you can always see that there's something stopping him and again, I don't think that's a conscious thing. I think he tries but he can't. When you look at William, I think that it's more of a 'this is the line that we draw in the sand, and you can't cross it.'"

Despite perceived tension, William and Kate "know their roles" and what's expected of them as senior royal family members.

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