Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle made her first appearance on Buckingham Palace’s iconic balcony for Trooping the Colour on Saturday, June 9, and it appears that Prince Harry‘s wife is still finding her feet in her new role. Dressed in a stunning off-the-shoulder Carolina Herrera dress and a hat by Philip Treacy, the 36-year-old certainly looked the part for the display of pomp and pageantry to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birthday.

However, a lip reader has revealed that despite seeming composed, Meghan was nervous during the event and she let her husband know. At one point, when Meghan was standing behind Kate Middleton on the balcony, Harry asked Meghan if she was doing ok, to which she replied, “Yeah,” a lip reading expert told the UK’s Mirror. In a second exchange, Meghan admitted to her husband that she was nervous. The pair looked at each other and the new royal blurted out “nervous,” with a smile.

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Prince Harry allegedly responded, “Yes,” before smiling and adding, “When you get into it, I’ll tell you more later. Then there’s the flypast and then we all look up to the sky.”

Meghan’s sister-in-law, Kate — who has attended Trooping the Colour ever since her first appearance in 2011 — stood in front of the new Duchess, providing Meghan a shield for her nerves and perhaps also some inspiration.

Harry and Meghan rode in together for the grand event. For the special occasion, Meghan decided to stick to the pastel theme and donned pink, which was also her color of choice for her very first royal appearance after she married Harry on May 19. Harry, on the other hand, wore his ceremony uniform of the Blues and Royals for this year’s Trooping the Colour.


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This post was written by Bettina Tyrrell. It originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.