Prince Harry appeared chastised as he hit out at wife Meghan Markle during the couple’s first official public engagement in the UK in two years, a body language expert has said.
The Duke of Sussex, 37, looked “fierce and haunted” as he took his seat at St Paul’s Cathedral for the Thanksgiving service today on the second day of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
According to Judi James, Prince Harry was showing signs of “culture shock” after transitioning from “the Prince of Netflix” to someone less prominent among the 2,000 guests at the ceremony.
Meghan, 40, showed fewer signs of stress, although her “perfect” personality began to appear “fixated” towards the end of the service, she said.
Prince Charles and Camilla and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also attended the ceremony, which the Queen did not attend after experiencing “discomfort” on the opening day of national celebrations to mark her unprecedented 70th throne anniversary.
Judi said: “It was a very low key, subdued Harry, shown today for his first public appearance under the same roof as his brother since Prince Philip’s service when they showed at the last minute what was supposed to be going through togetherness and reunion.
“The culture shock for the Prince of Netflix, a man of prominent stature and A-list status in the US, to move way down the pecking order and under obvious orders to keep a low profile in the UK, must have felt earthquake-like , and he arrived. He showed several signs of fear before settling into his pew behind Sophie and Edward, looking grim-faced and haunted.
“As he got out of his car, Harry performed several self-touching and checking gestures that suggested building tension. His famous grin was absent and he kept his head bowed in a gesture of humility.
“Meghan was absolutely perfect, looking confident but not seeking attention, although her warm, calm smile looked a little fixed and bulletproof at the end of the service.”
Harry and Meghan held hands as they walked up the steps while the 16-ton bell, Great Paul, rang.
They were greeted with cheers from the crowd at their first engagement since leaving The Firm in March 2020, which they attended without their children Archie, three, and Lilibet, who turns one on Saturday.
They appeared less relaxed as the ceremony continued on its first public appearance in two years, after not taking the spotlight at yesterday’s opening festivities, which included working royals who appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
The couple sat behind the Earl and Countess of Wessex, who sat in the front row with their children, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.
“It seemed to be Harry taking his power from Meghan here,” Judi said. “They clasped hands on the way in and out, but there were no other public displays of love.
“Whenever she spoke, he cocked his head to give her maximum attention, although there was no sign of a smile.
“He appeared to be the invisible king at this event, with no sign of attempting a feigned bond with his brother or father.”
The Sussexes left Prince William and Kate separately, again holding hands. They chatted with Zara Tindall and her husband Mike and shook hands with the Lord Mayor before driving off in a car.
Addressing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Judi said: “William and Kate looked super royal, relaxed and talkative on their way in, but there were some small signs that William was building tension during the service.
“One time he was sitting in an uncharacteristic pose, leaning forward, and there was a muscle working in his cheek to indicate that growing tension.
“As he passed his brother in the exit procession, he sucked in his lips and turned his head in the opposite direction, even holding up his order of service in what appeared to be a cordon gesture.”
However, there were some signs of a more natural Prince Harry – known for his sense of humor in his earlier years – that the analyst noted away from the live coverage.
She said: “Harry’s apparent fear seemed to prompt some outbursts of his ‘funnier’ side as he leaned over to laugh open-mouthed at what appeared to be Zara and Mike’s perspective, and later seen outside when he was also smiling was with the couple.
“Those moments were in complete contrast to his subdued demeanor and signs of tension. These fear signals were subtle but constant, and the more distressed facial expressions formed in non-acting moments, suggesting they were more representative of his mood.
“Once when he was joking, Meghan also put a hand on the back of his waist in what seemed like a scrutinizing or ‘low key’ reminder that they were being more low key.”
The Queen, 96, was watching the ceremony on TV as she stepped out of the lead over the four-day Bank Holiday weekend.
The royals continue a string of engagements including tomorrow’s derby at Epsom racecourse and attending the thousands of Big Jubilee Lunches taking place on Sunday.
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