Prince Harry ‘lost battle with emotions’ so couldn’t sing anthem’s new words

Prince Harry’s emotions got the better of him during the funeral of his grandmother the Queen, a body language expert has claimed.

The Duke of Sussex particularly struggled with the change in lyrics of the national anthem with the word King replacing Queen for the first time in his lifetime.

Speaking toMetro, body language expert Judi James said the Prince had been “losing the struggle with his emotions during the entire service” on the day of his grandmother’s burial.

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She said that when he sang “God save the King” she noticed that his “expression of sadness intensified”.

Ms James said: “The change of words from ‘God save the Queen’ to the King can prompt strong emotions, as the reality of the Queen’s death and the changes ahead sink in.

“This moment also seemed to be a struggle for Harry, who was standing behind his father at the service as the line was sung during the anthem.

“Harry had been losing the struggle with his emotions during the entire service, dabbing at tears and often throwing what looked like intense stares across at his brother with an expression of sadness on his face.

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“This look of sadness seemed to intensify during the singing though. His mouth almost stopped moving as he came to it and there was no real shaping of the lips around the word ‘King’ as though he might still be in denial.”

She added: “His brows knitted and puckered and when his mouth closed the corners seemed to pull down.”

Harry’s experience of the funeral was a little different to the rest of his family’s.

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While other men from the family, such as father Charles and brother William, wore military uniforms he did not.

He also did not salute the Queen as he walked past – differences likely to have been in place because of his decision to step back from an active role in the Royal Family two years ago.

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