Published On: Sun, Oct 27th, 2019

Prince Harry body language: How stubborn Harry is in denial as royal rift rumbles on

In ITV documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, host Tom Bradby followed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their first tour abroad since becoming a family of three. Mr Bradby asked both Meghan and Harry questions about life in the spotlight, and behind the scenes.

He also asked Harry, 35, about his relationship with older brother William, 37.

Prince Harry and Prince William both have their own lives, with children, wives and multiple patronages – so it may make sense they are not as close as they once were.

When Harry was asked about his brother, body language expert Judi James told Fabulous Digital he appeared “close to tears” and his reaction “did at first look sadly telling.”

However, Ms James also said the relationship between the two princes is bonded with laughter.

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Ms James told Fabulous Digital: “His first body language reaction is to laugh though, tipping his head back before we get the long pause and an elongated ‘Um….’.

“His gently rocking torso looks like a self-comfort ritual but he combines it with some denial gestures like a single shoulder-shrug and then two double shoulder-shrugs as he says ‘Stuff happens’.

“Happily the smiling and laughter suggest that despite their ‘different paths’ humour is still a binding bond between them.

“When a rift is causing anger or resentment it will usually show in the facial expression but Harry’s spontaneous response plus the subtle warmth of some of his smiles as he speaks about William makes his comment ‘I love him dearly’ ring true.

They visited Cape Town, meeting with Waves for Change, a charity which supports young people’s mental health.

The couple then met Archbishop Demond Tutu before Harry continued alone to Botswana, Angola, and Malawi.

Meghan remained in South Africa meeting women entrepreneurs and technology investors at the Woodstock Exchange and attending a “Women in Public Service” breakfast at the High Commission.

In Angola, Harry retraced the steps of his late mother Princess Diana, visiting a HALO Trust de-mining camp.

Harry spoke of his and Meghan’s love for Africa in the ITV documentary saying: “I don’t know where we could live in Africa at the moment.

“We just came from Cape Town, that would be an amazing place to base ourselves, of course, it would.

“But with all the problems that are going on there, I just don’t see how we’d be able to really make as much difference as we’d want to without the issues and the judgment of how we would be with those surroundings.”

Harry added: “The rest of our lives, especially for our life’s work, will be predominately focused on Africa — on conservation.

“There are 19 more countries across this continent. There’s a lot of things to be done. There’s a lot of problems here.”


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