During his most recent public appearance, Prince Harry appeared to shake off his nerves. The Duke of Sussex and his wife, Meghan Markle, left their Montecito home this week to travel across the pond.
After a short stop in the United Kingdom, the couple traveled to Germany to prepare for the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf. Despite arriving together, Prince Harry delivered two solo speeches throughout the day.
Darren Stanton, a body language expert, examined photos of the royals and confirmed that Prince Harry appeared nervous on the red carpet.
“As Prince Harry and Meghan arrived in Dusseldorf yesterday to greet the crowds, we had a number of telling gestures from Prince Harry that suggested he started off not entirely confident,” he told PureWow (on behalf of Betfair Bingo).
“Namely, he played with his ring finger which is a self-reassurance gesture in what may have been a nerve-wracking appearance, to begin with.” When he took the stage by himself, everything changed. “Prince Harry’s initial speech at the smaller reception in Dusseldorf saw him deliver the introduction in German and then he had some laughter and banter with the audience over his pronunciation,” the expert said.
Stanton went on to explain the hidden meaning behind the duke’s body language, adding, “It’s clear that Prince Harry is still a charismatic man with a great sense of humor and sense of fun. However, he really comes into his own when appearing alone at engagements as seen through his open body language as he engaged playfully with the assembled crowd, demonstrating his confidence in that environment.”
Stanton continued, “It’s always very intriguing to see just how different Prince Harry is when he’s on his own. His body language is open and passionate, and he stands symmetrically. He is also very animated with his hands, and his voice tone is a consistent level, and his face does not flush up or go red.”