Meghan Markle ‘playing role of rescuer’ with Harry claims body language expert
Prince Harry lacked confidence and needed support from assured wife Meghan Markle during a clip of their Oprah Winfrey interview, an expert has claimed.
Body language and communications expert Judi James said the couple's hand gestures subconsciously prove the "tide has completely changed" in their relationship.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's tell-all interview, which is due to air in the US on Sunday and the UK the next day, will reveal their thoughts on life before they stepped down from the Royal Family.
Judi claimed that while Meghan appeared confident in the show's trailer, Harry seemed more "vulnerable".
She told the Mirror: "I think when Meghan came to the UK, Harry very much saw himself in the role of overly protective husband that knew that all hell was going to break lose in terms of press and public interest, and was desperate to protect her – albeit that she presented herself as a very confident woman.
"But I think the tide has completely changed looking at the Oprah Winfrey clip.
"Now she seems to have taken a much more vulnerable Harry back to the US with her and she seems to be more in the role of rescuer and protector with him.
"This hand gesture that you can see, he's got his hand on the chair and she's placed her hand on top.
"That's almost a maternal looking gesture, it's though it's being used for reassurance and to let him feed off her confidence.
"Clearly she's friends with Oprah, she's used to being in front of the cameras as she's an actress, but to Harry this is a whole new world that he's being judged by and being asked to perform.
"And it sounds from the clip as though he's going to rip his soul out in front of the camera and tell us about everything."
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Judi added that Meghan's confidence was evident.
"Meghan is just sitting there looking very demure, very regal I would say, very elegant," she said.
"She's got the upturned V gap underneath her armpit which shows a confidence.
"When we feel like we're being bombarded with difficult questions or we're not comfortable women in particular tend to self-diminish, we bring out arms in.
"But with Meghan she's got that super self-controlled, confident image going on here."
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But Judi revealed Harry's body language expressed quite the opposite.
She said: "Harry on the other hand is much less self-assured.
"He is sat diagonally and he kind of looks a lot more awkward."
She added: "He is doing a male pose, he's got his hand between his legs. It's called the fig leave pose, it is a very self-protective gesture."
She highlights how different his body language is to when he was interviewed by James Corden.
"Here he looks way more guarded and a lot more uncomfortable and very much in need of that hand clasp that he's getting from Meghan."
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