Body language expert compares Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle's first mum moments

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Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is here!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle proudly debuted their infant to the world on Wednesday, making their first appearance as a family — two days post-partum rather than on the traditional day-of birth — at Windsor Castle. Rain kept the trio inside St. George's Hall, the site of their 2018 wedding.

A glowing Meghan, wearing a white sleeveless Givenchy trench dress that was cinched just above her post-partum belly and paired with nude Manolo Blahnik heels, said that being a new mom was "magic." Harry, in a pale grey suit, held the swaddled infant, while Meghan alternately gazed at her son and adjusted her hair during their public photo op.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex walk away with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, following a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 08: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex travel down The Mall in a horse drawn carriage during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2019 in London, England. The annual ceremony involving over 1400 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marks the official birthday of the Sovereign, although the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 08: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (ring detail) travels down The Mall in a horse drawn carriage during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2019 in London, England. The annual ceremony involving over 1400 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marks the official birthday of the Sovereign, although the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The birth certificate of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who was born at the Portland Hospital in London.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge talk to members of the media about their newborn nephew as they arrive to launch the King's Cup Regatta trophy at the Cutty Sark, London.
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wave to wellwishers as they leave after attending the launch of the King's Cup Regatta, at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, south east London on May 7, 2019. - The event is set to take place on August 9, 2019, on the Isle of Wight, and is set to see The Duke and Duchess go head to head as skippers of individual sailing boats, in an eight boat regatta race. Each boat taking part will represent one of eight charities and the winning team will be awarded the historic trophy The King's Cup. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / various sources / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Crowds watch the changing of the guard at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, following the announcement of the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
Super fan Terry Hutt, 84 (centre), is presented with a birthday cake by members of the media for a tv stunt in Windsor, Berkshire, following the announcement of the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Political artist and painter Kaya Mar outside Windsor Castle on May 7, 2019 in Windsor, United Kingdom. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a baby boy yesterday weighing 7lbs 3oz at 05:26 BST. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 07: A well-wisher outside Windsor Castle on May 7, 2019 in Windsor, United Kingdom. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a baby boy yesterday weighing 7lbs 3oz at 05:26 BST. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Royal fans celebrate outside Windsor Castle in Berkshire after Buckingham Palace announced the news of the birth of a baby boy born to Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex, Monday May 6, 2019. It is the first child for Harry and Meghan, who married a year ago. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
Changing of the guard at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, following the announcement of the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
A man dressed in a costume makes an announcement outside Windsor Castle that Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A man dressed in a costume makes an announcement outside Windsor Castle that Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Britain's Prince Harry smiles as he speaks to the media after Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to a baby boy, at Windsor Castle, Berkshire county, Britain May 6, 2019. Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Harry walks up to the awaiting media after Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to a baby boy, at Windsor Castle, Berkshire county, Britain May 6, 2019. Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS
People celebrate outside Windsor Castle after Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People gather outside Windsor Castle after Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People gather outside Windsor Castle after Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People celebrate outside Windsor Castle after Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People celebrate outside Windsor Castle after Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People celebrate the birth of the baby of Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People celebrate the birth of the baby of Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Well wishers gather outside the gates of Buckingham Palace in London, Monday May 6, 2019, after Prince Harry announced that his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has given birth to a boy. (AP Photo/Vudi Xhymshiti)
The Duke of Sussex public house in Waterloo, London on the day the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had a baby boy.
Footmen Stephen Kelly and Sarah Thompson bring out the easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace to formally announce the birth of a baby boy to Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, in London, Monday, May 6, 2019. (Yui Mok/Pool Photo via AP)
Footmen Stephen Kelly and Sarah Thompson bring out the easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to formally announce the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
A notice placed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to formally announce the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
People gather outside Buckingham Palace to take pictures on their mobile phones of the notice placed on an easel in the palace's forecourt in London to formally announce the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
People gather outside Buckingham Palace to take pictures on their mobile phones of the notice placed on an easel in the palace's forecourt in London to formally announce the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The BT Tower in London displays a message in celebration of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new baby boy.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
File photo dated 08/05/19 of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. It was confirmed that the Duchess gave birth to Archie at the private Portland Hospital in Westminster, according to her son's birth certificate.
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So what did all her fussing and shifting mean?

"She was doing a lot of comfort cues with her hair — which is part of her natural baseline, but she was doing it quite a lot," Patti Wood, body language expert and author of Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma, tells Yahoo Lifestyle, after studying the video of the royal family's debut.

A comfort cue, she explains, "is a soft touch that sends a message to the nervous system to send out calming chemicals. It's her comfort cue, and in a category for self-grooming, so it's a comfort cue about appearance, which makes perfect sense. I think it indicates anxiety as she's exposing her baby to the clicking cameras of the media, and also exposing herself to possible criticism and ridicule."

In general, though, what Wood noticed most was that "Meghan seemed to be running it, in terms of who was initiating and more forceful in conversation," she says. "Beginnings and endings are usually most telling, and she rushed the close. There was an urgency and rushing — great happiness — but that was enough. Which was interesting, considering the power structure. Harry could've been out there a while."

Harry was calm, "to a certain degree," Wood adds. "His hold [on the baby] was nice and natural and secure, and it was obvious he had held a lot of babies and was comfortable. A lot of times I see him as impish and playful, but here there was something secure underneath."

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son [Photo: PA]

As for Megan, though, "she kept reaching out. You could tell she wanted to be holding the baby."

When Kate Middleton and Prince William first posed on the steps of the Lido Wing in 2013, debuting their firstborn, George, they each got a change to hold the baby. "They trade off, which was obviously very choreographed and stylized," Wood notes, and, going back even further, recalls when Charles and Diana stood for their first family photo, and Charles held William "very awkwardly."

More studying of Kate in 2013 indicated to Wood a high level of comfort. "Physically, I didn't see any pain. She had a serenity that sort of grounded her and she was really comfortable with the back and forth," Wood points out. "They weren't standing as close together or touching each other as much. But they were also in a much more exposed venue, which made them very vulnerable, though they didn't show that."

Meghan, meanwhile, "was physically uncomfortable, which was clear through the strain on her face, and her steps, which were very small. There was tension around her ankles and feet," Wood notes. "I give grace for that, because she's always so beautifully groomed and wondrous, so I want us to have some empathy."

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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