Earlier this week, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke the cardinal rule the British royal family follows about not getting political when they participated in a video about the importance of voting for the Time 100. In the wake of this, body language expert Judi James spoke out to reveal how “uncomfortable” she thought Harry looked in the video.
James told Daily Mail that Harry looked like he was “aware of the fall out” the video would cause with his family.
“Harry and Meghan appear to prefer to dress their more rebellious acts up in an appearance of friendly, down-to-earth normality, meaning it can take a while to realize what they are doing here is game-changing in terms of the royal firm,” James said.
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She added that Harry clearly took a backseat to Meghan in terms of body language, allowing her to take up more physical space on the bench the couple shared during the interview. James thinks this could have been a calculated move on Harry’s part.
“It’s possible he still needs to look like the guest rather than the host here to avoid looking like someone who is lecturing on a subject that doesn’t personally involve him,” the expert said. “The fall-out effect can be counter-intuitive, as when Obama lectured UK voters about Brexit and possible pushed voting in favor of Brexit despite the U.S. president being very popular in the UK.”
James went on to say that Harry’s discomfort peaked at the point in the video when he and Meghan urged American fans to vote.
“This might look like a deeply likeable couple urging people to vote but Harry would have been well aware of the potential fall-out in the UK and in his own family,” she said. “His distraction rituals seem to reflect that and hint at some levels of discomfort. His mouth pulls into a partial Oxbow mouth shape in a micro-gesture that could signal some slight regret.”
“His knees are splayed to suggest confidence and authority but it is a truncated gesture in terms of power as his legs are locked together at the ankle,” James added. “There is some eye-stutter and eye-shuffle to suggest tension and a build-up of distraction signals that even include what looks like a knuckle-crack gesture at one point. Like nail-biting, knuckle-cracking can be a displacement or self-attack ritual that occurs when you can’t attack the person you are angry with.”