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A body language expert has claimed that Prince Harry’s “narrowed gaze” at Meghan Markle shows the pride he has in his wife as she became the “lead star” as they attended the Global Citizen Live event on Saturday.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared at Global Citizen Live, held at Central Park's Grand Lawn, with guests urging for global vaccine equity as they gear up to ask all first world countries to donate one billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Body language expert Judi James told the Daily Mail that the royal couple’s body language while on stage “reverted back to their more familiar looking PDAS” and not the “more corporate-looking appearances” they have shown during their recent trip to New York.
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Judi said: “In performance terms it was Harry who seemed to recognise his wife as lead star, gazing at her with eyes slightly narrowed to show pride but also performing some anxiety rituals like clothing and finger-fiddling as he watched her more powerful speech.”
She continued: “Meghan finally emerged from under those heavy coats and the couple began their speeches in rather individual styles. Prince Harry was trying to rev the crowd with some warm-up man-style gestures, like cupping his ear to pretend he couldn’t hear their agreements and yelling out 'New York Citaaaaay…' like a bit of a rock star.”
The expert noted that the royal couple’s body language met with the audience’s approval.
She went on: “After their more corporate-looking appearances so far in New York, this on-stage body language saw Meghan and Harry revert to their more familiar-looking PDAs and signals of affection.
“Although these romantic rituals were driven more by the demanding crowd than instigated by the couple themselves.”
She continued: “But once Harry had used the: 'My wife and I' line and thrown the first loving gaze in Meghan’s direction, it was clear from the cheers and screams of approval from the crowd that they wanted more of the couple’s romantic back-story.”
Judi also noted 37 year old Harry’s gesture of putting his arm around 40 year old Meghan's shoulder and “digging his fingers into her shoulder” was a sign of the Prince’s affection for her.
She explained: “Harry’s smile here with his lips closed is an acknowledgment to the crowd of that romantic story and we can see his fingers digging into her shoulder in a squeeze of affection.
“Having been in more corporate mode for this visit, Meghan’s raised hands and rather rigid fingers suggest the crowd’s approval for this side of their image might have caught her unaware.”
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