Meghan Markle and Prince Harry engage in PDA during his Polo game
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's display of affection at the Lisle Nixon Memorial game had a hidden meaning, says body language expert.
The couple participated and won the game of polo at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in California and as a celebration, both the duke and duchess of Sussex engaged in a lip lock for the spectators.
Although the gesture was visibly sweet, body language expert Jud James confesses it looked "totally out of place."
She explained: "Meghan is in complete ‘command, control and steer’ mood with this congratulatory kiss at polo.
"Previously the couple’s signature handclasp with meshed fingers and Harry’s glances of appreciation and Meghan’s smile responses showed their usual high levels of affection and, of course, polo is the traditional peacocking sport for royal males who get to show off their dashing bravado in the saddle as well as their muscles in those romantic white jodhpurs, but for the winner’s kiss here there was still a level of caution from Meghan.
"As Harry leans in with all his customary keenness for some intimacy signalling, Meghan places two hands up to his face in what looks like a bit of a steering and restraining gesture.
"The reason why looks pretty obvious. Meghan’s wide-brimmed hat, giant shades and red lipstick would all form a tactical nightmare for anything more passionate than a peck on the cheek.
"Even with this carefully-planted cheek kiss, it appears Meghan needs to check her hat and her shades afterwards, laughing as she shares the moment with her husband.
"Even with all her carefulness though she is still left wiping lipstick off Harry’s face afterwards in a very sweet gesture that nevertheless looks rather out of place in the rather macho-infused line-up of Harry’s team of polo players."