A Body Language Expert Analyzed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's PDA in New York City

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Photo credit: Anadolu Agency - Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrived in New York City earlier this week, and their first public stop? Prince Harry's keynote speech at the U.N. for Nelson Mandela Day. The couple showed up at the event hand-in-hand, and had a pretty sweet PDA moment upon taking their seats—so, naturally, the time has come to analyze their body language.

Body language expert Judi James tells The Sun that Harry showed "high level nervousness and tension" at the event (understandable!), and says that "A much calmer and more poised Meghan went into firm parental mode, using a correctional gesture to ensure reassurance after Harry appeared to dismiss or shrug off her hand clasp."

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Judi referenced the above viral video of Meghan and Harry's PDA moment, saying "Meghan is the professional when it comes to performing and she is never seen looking nervous or anything other than confident before a speech. This could be why she goes into nurturing mode, correcting his refusal of the hand clasp by pulling the hand into her lap and cradling his arm with her left hand. She also glances down at the clasp as though checking it out. Her nurturing mode is also apparent when she hears a woman behind them coughing and immediately gets her a bottle of water from her bag." (Ummm, Meghan is the best!)

Meanwhile, Harry's response to Meghan's hand clasp looked "positive" since "his fingers curl around hers, plus once he has finished his speech he sits back beside her and seems to instigate the same clasp."

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Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

In other words, these two are fully on the same page. And this isn't the first time we've seen this particular hand-hold. "Meghan clearly uses it as a useful tie-sign as well as an expression of affection as a PDA," Judi says. "She was also rubbing Harry’s arm with her hand and one thumb, which is a version of the double-handed clasp and arm-rubs she used at their engagement photoshoot." See?

In conclusion: these two!

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