Meghan Markles Ellen chat about presenting Duchess as the girl next door

Meghan Markle's interview with Ellen DeGeneres was meant to present Meghan as "the girl next door", says body language expert Judi James.

The Duchess of Sussex gave a rare televised chat when she appeared on The Ellen Show last week – and it's expected to air to ITV2 at 8pm on Thursday in the UK (November 24).

In the upbeat interview with Ellen, Meghan opened up her "happy" life in Los Angeles with her husband Prince Harry, and she revealed that her five-month old daughter Lilibet has already started "teething".

The Duchess also took part in a series of on-air pranks during a segment which showed her fooling around in front of some unsuspecting vendors.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Star, body language expert Judi James took a closer look at Meghan's behaviour on camera during the sit-down interview.

Assessing her body language in the chair, Judi said that Meghan seemed to be "well within her comfort zone" during the interview, including when Ellen teased her about her royal title.

Judi wrote: "Like everything else on this show Meghan’s body language suggested she was well within her comfort zone as Ellen teased her about her royal title.

"Ellen’s teasing about Meghan’s title stemmed mainly from the fact that she found it difficult to pronounce. She said this and Meghan laughed and told her to say it quickly five times over.

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"But Meghan’s general response to her title appeared to be one of modesty in this very ‘down-to-earth’ and playful appearance."

Judi spotted that Meghan could have been slightly "embarrassed" by the use of her royal title as she covered her face with her hand during Ellen's jibing.

"Despite having the Duchess of Sussex written on the cover of the book she was plugging she giggled over it and at one point even brought a hand up to her face in a partial barrier that suggested some modest embarrassment at its use."

Studying Meghan's prank scenes with the vendors, Judi highlighted that Meghan appeared less awkward than other celebrities who have appeared on Ellen before.

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She explained that Meghan's lack of "awkwardness" could be down to the fact that Meghan is said to have suggested the on air prank segment herself, which would have meant she was expecting it.

Judi went on: "Even the prank OB scenes were said to have been suggested by Meghan herself so there were no signs of genuine awkwardness, unlike the body language of a lot of celebrities who have appeared on Ellen and been put on the spot during some uncomfortable-looking moments."

Judi added that the show seemed to be about presenting Meghan as a down-to-earth "girl next door" rather than promoting her royal status.

She added: "The show was more about presenting the ‘girl next door’ Meghan who told of her ‘very, very’ old car and the way she made scrunchies from affordable offcuts rather than promoting her royal connections and title."

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In the interview, Meghan told a story of how she used to climb in the boot of her "very old" Ford Explorer Sport that had a dodgy door.

She also revealed that as a child, she had set up a business selling scrunchies to her friends at school.

Speaking about her love life, Meghan recalled the time her and Harry went on a secret Halloween date before they went public with their romance.

The mum-of-two also released new photos of her two-year-old son Archie, showing the toddler feeding the chickens at their LA home.

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