KEY POINTS

  • Meghan Markle's pose on Time magazine's cover suggests a power gesture, according to a body language expert
  • Prince Harry and Markle's cover photo demonstrates that they want to build their brand, Darren Stanton added
  • Robin Kermode doesn't think that the cover photo represents the actual relationship balance between the Sussexes

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry graced Time magazine's cover for the issue on the 100 most influential people on the planet, and experts weighed in on their pose.

Body language expert Darren Stanton found the royal couple's cover reminiscent of Hollywood power couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's cover photos. He also found it "very posed and photoshopped."

"Harry is standing straight to arrive his hands [in] his pockets [while] Megan is adopting a classic power pose noticed at a distance. She has placed her feet widely apart this is a classic power gesture used by major world politicians seen in recent times including Trump, Putin, Macron and [Trudeau]," Stanton told Daily Mail. "This gesture is saying 'hey look at me I am the most powerful person in the room' the idea is the more space we occupy the more important we are opposite of a--holes to be."

He also pointed out Prince Harry standing behind Markle with his right hand on her shoulder suggests that he is supporting her.

"This is very reminiscent of some of the shots that we have seen from Hollywood power couples in the past and most similarly with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian," he added. "Overall I think this demonstrates that Prince Harry and Megan are looking to continue to build their brand especially in America as a power couple but it is also clear from the body language that Megan as I always maintained, holds the power in the relationship."

Meanwhile, Robin Kermode, a leading communication coach working with senior political and business leaders, said the cover looked like a PR campaign. He believed that they shot several pictures and the cover was only one of those shots. He also pointed out that the picture doesn't necessarily represent the royal couple's relationship.

"All the pictures have the rehearsed quality you'd expect from a full-on PR campaign presenting them as the 'Power Couple," Robin told Daily Mail's FEMAIL. "I can see why Time chose the cover shot with Meghan in front with Harry leaning on the wall behind her, but it was probably one of hundreds of shots and doesn't necessarily represent the actual relationship balance of the couple."

He also examined the second image released by the magazine where the royal couple can be seen walking hand-in-hand through a forest. For him, the image "feels more natural." He also pointed out that Prince Harry's smile in the photo was "very genuine." However, he found Markle's right hand in her pocket "very strange." For him, it was not a natural position, adding that there was tension in the thumb to maintain the position without ruining the line of the trousers. 

In the third picture, the duchess was seen standing beside Prince Harry with her hands on her hips. Kermode said Markle appeared to have really enjoyed the photoshoot.

"I would say Meghan looks as if she is enjoying this shoot. Harry looks as if he is trying to 'do the right thing,'" he added. "Again, Megan's arms are very consciously 'posed' as if deliberately creating the image she wants."

Twitter users also reacted to the royal couple's magazine cover. Some said it looked so fake and heavily airbrushed. But the Sussexes' fans defended them and praised Prince Harry and Markle's charity works.

Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle quickly set about plans to forge a uniquely royal Hollywood power brand, courted by multiple major studios before penning a lucrative deal with Netflix Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle quickly set about plans to forge a uniquely royal Hollywood power brand, courted by multiple major studios before penning a lucrative deal with Netflix Photo: AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS