Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were pictured clapping and smiling as they celebrated the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony in Dusseldorf, Germany. A body language expert claimed the couple’s behaviour reflected “two different states” at the event and that Meghan used a simple gesture to retain Harry’s attention at one point.
Body language expert Judi James exclusively told Express.co.uk: “It’s easy to see that Harry and Meghan’s attachment rituals look more crucial and even functional to Meghan here than to Harry and that their body language approach to these Games has often thrown up two very different states.
“While Meghan’s approach has been energetic, immersive and celebrity: smiling broadly, waving, hugging, posing for selfies and stopping back to extend her poses with the fans, Harry’s approach has contained moments of modesty, reflection and more serious facial expressions with what looks like a desire to ramp back on some of the more celebrity moments.
“His speech at the closing ceremony was an example of this new and contrasting approach.
“While Meghan’s speech on her arrival contained many ‘I’ statements about herself and the children etc, Harry’s speech at the closing ceremony was very ‘you’ as he threw the spotlight back onto the audience and one audience member in particular, whose very moving story he told in detail.”
Judi added: “Harry and Meghan’s body language here illustrates this new and rather contrasting approach.
“They arrive holding hands but their facial expressions are dissimilar. Meghan looks around at the audience with a wide smile of acknowledgement while Harry’s gaze is fixed ahead and his expression looks serious.
“When they sit together, Meghan uses touch, with her hand on Harry’s arm, to gain and retain his attention as she speaks. Again their facial expressions are dissimilar.
“Harry’s smile is reserved for an athlete in the crowd and he grins as he enjoys a very firm hand clasp greeting with him.
“Meghan still has hold of Harry’s free hand though and uses it to ‘anchor’ him here and perhaps remind him that she would also like to join the greeting.”
The Invictus Games came to a close after seven days of competitions. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier also joined the celebrations.