Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have sent very mixed messages, according to a body language expert, as they held hands on the red carpet after asking for privacy.

At the Salute to Freedom Gala at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York the couple appeared in good spirits, stepping out in front of cameras and walking hand-in-hand as they prepared to honour veterans.

Harry and Meghan made some very bold outfit choices, reports the Mirror.

Harry opted for a black tuxedo with four medals pinned on his left side after his military uniform was stripped from him by the Palace.

Meghan stunned in an eye-catching Caroline Hererra dress with matching shoes.

The red dress had a dramatic thigh split and featured a stylish plunging neckline.

The Duchess completed her look with simple jewellery, makeup and slicked black locks which formed an up to do.

As a sign of respect the couple wore poppies on their outfits.

Body language expert and author Judi James said their movement and loud outfits spoke volumes.

She said: "Body language here suggests a conflict of interests between radiant red carpet A-listers and ‘been there, done-it, naff-off press’ royals.

"After their heartfelt pleas this week for press privacy and the damage caused by social media they perform their red carpet walk like twin galleons, all upright elegance with eyes diverted away from the cameras and their focus fixed instead on the people waiting to meet them.

"Their signature hand clasp is in place here, with Harry’s hand on top and pushed slightly back as though keen to protect his wife."

Judi also commented on Meghan's relaxed nature on the red carpet.

"Meghan’s dress is a clear jaw-dropper of a show-stopper though, with its plunging neckline (complete with pinned poppy) and super-dramatic train.

"At the end of their appearance, with her back turned to the cameras, she appears to throw in a classic celebrity red carpet pose when she glances back over her shoulder with a rather knowing smile that includes one raised eyebrow and sideways eyes. There’s even a small hunch of the shoulder to suggest a playful moment for the fans and the press."

Judi explained how Harry's body language suggests he became impatient.

She added: "Harry is so focused on his chats that he even appears to tread on his wife’s train and appears unfazed as she throws him a loving smile and a couple of arm touches to warn him where the carpet ends and the dress begins.

"Harry seems to be keen to usher everyone off the red carpet and into the function, going into steering or even sheepdog mode as he splays his arms and his hands out to shepherd everyone inside with what looks like an air of impatience.

"He even uses one hand in a part shrug to show Meghan a more upbeat-looking Meghan that they need to be getting inside."

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