Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appeared at the Invictus Games opening ceremony tonight – and according to body language expert Judi James, Harry put on an “unusually emotional display”.
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According to a body language expert, Prince Harry was “emotionally knocked aside” by Meghan Markle’s public gesture on stage at the Invictus Games.
Meghan paid a loving tribute to her “incredible husband” and shared a sweet kiss at the opening ceremony, which saw both address the crowd.
The Duchess took the stage first at the event to introduce Harry, and when he took the mic from Meghan, he appeared on the verge of tears.
And according to body language expert Judi James, their kiss was “groundbreaking,” but Harry was unnerved.
She told the Mirror: “As Meghan and Harry pass the mic, they also perform a kiss that would have been par for the course in the political world but is game-changing in royal terms. It’s affectionate but quick, with both smiling proudly as they perform it.
“The problem for Harry is that it seems to push him aside emotionally. As he watches his wife leave the stage, he stands in stunned-looking silence for 30 seconds as the crowd continues their applause.
“The stunned silence is mutually beneficial as the crowd didn’t stop clapping until the microphone was raised to his mouth and Harry was on the verge of tears to do so for the 30 second period.
“This is an unusually emotional performance from Harry, who was seen striding onto global stages with the cheeky confidence of an MC at a rock conference. Instead, he turns his flushed face to the side and wipes his knuckle over his nose in what appears to be a partial cut to protect his facial expression.
“His eyes have the saddest expression as his tongue sticks out from the corner of his mouth and he looks down to express tears.
Getty Images for Invictus games)
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“Harry rubs his own hand as if to encourage himself, but his attempt at a smile involves a lip clip with his eyes tearing again. He rocks from foot to foot in a self-soothing ritual before throwing a double thumbs-up gesture to indicate that, contrary to the rest of his body language, he’s actually fine.
“He puts a finger to his lip in a ‘shhhh’ gesture, pointing at one person in the crowd. As soon as he raises his microphone, the audience quickly picks up the cue and takes their seats to listen.
“At this point we get a remake of a more familiar-looking Harry. He puts a hand on his hip to boost his confidence, and his famously cheeky grin returns as he begins his own speech.
Getty Images for the Invictus Ga)
“This is dramatic and emotional stuff and his behavior begs the question: Why the tearful emotions?
“Harry has been doing these events for years but without these signals of overwhelming emotion. Was it the hiatus caused by the pandemic or was it Meghan’s powerful intro that included words like ‘I couldn’t love and respect him more’? Was it meeting his father and grandmother on the way to the games, or was it the ‘perfect storm’ of all this?”
During the speech, Judi says Harry remains emotional, especially when he turned to the conversation about son Archie, where he revealed he wants to be an astronaut, a pilot, or a cartoon cat when he’s older.
She added: “The emphasis on emotion is evident in Harry’s body language gestures throughout his speech.
“When he talks about his son Archie, he raises his left hand to his left breast, pats it three times before making an acceleration gesture, actually grasps the chest and shakes it to indicate the beating heart.
“There are a few humorous moments as he moves the hand aside, but it quickly returns to the heart area and is held up with fingers spread for more than four seconds at a time.
“Whatever other motivational points Harry makes during his speech, his non-verbal impact seems to relate to a very dramatic emphasis on love and relationships.”
Meanwhile, when it came to Meghan’s speech, Judi said she showed confidence and that it was very similar to a US Presidential speech.
She explained: “Meghan’s introduction is flawless and inspiring. Her feet are splayed, showing confidence, and her eye rotation works smoothly around the audience, reminding us of her professional training as an actress.
“Her charisma is in full swing here, as she connects with the audience through several traits such as her raised brows, her warm, genuine smile that seems aimed at individuals rather than a large crowd, and her often teasing tone when she mentions her husband.
“It’s very similar to a US Presidential speech when adoring spouses praise the candidate before they come on stage. She even uses the classic political device of grouping dots in groups of three to evoke applause: ‘This is service, this is devotion, this is the Invictus family.’
“If she arrived at these games in 2017 as the new wife-to-be, this birth has more than earned her place in this family.”
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