Body language expert debunks Harry and Meghan’s ‘narratives’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released their new Netflix documentary Harry & Meghan on Thursday, and a body language expert analyzed key moments between the couple.

Speaking on behalf of Betfair Casino, body language expert Darren Stanton pointed out the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s “telltale signs” proving they were showing their “true feelings” on camera.

When Harry discussed his first date with Markle, he showed signs of “nervousness” and “embarrassment,” Stanton told the Post.

The couple revealed they actually met via Instagram – and that Harry was half an hour late due to traffic.

“I was panicking, I was freaking out, I was sweating,” he said.

“While talking about their first date, Prince Harry started blushing a bit, which is consistent with embarrassment. Then he started touching his face and nose — signals called soothing gestures,” Stanton said.

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A body language expert pointed out the “telltale signs” of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

These gestures give you confidence when talking about something that the person might be uncomfortable with.

Harry, touching his face, suggests he’s not entirely comfortable talking about his relationship with Markle and “has an urge to shy away from it.”

“When we think of a memory, the unconscious believes we are reliving it and therefore evokes whatever emotion the person felt in that memory,” Stanton shared.

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When the couple joked about Prince Harry’s real list of qualities he was looking for in a friend, they were acting “very mischievously”.

“Even though Meghan and Harry are talking about their first date today, Harry’s subconscious is triggering all these past feelings and that’s why we saw him blush and get restless,” he added.

But while Harry seemed nerved when discussing their first date, Markle was “the most confident.”

“In terms of body language in this particular clip, Harry comes across as nervous and quite nervous, however Meghan is completely calm and in control,” Stanton said. “Let’s not forget that her acting career has made her very used to doing plays in front of the camera. She knows how to give her best.

“In this particular clip, she is definitely the most confident person as her body language conveys serenity,” he continued.

As the couple joked about Prince Harry's real list of qualities he was looking for in a girlfriend, they played "very mischievous."
Markle was “the most confident” when discussing her first date with Harry.

When the couple joked about Harry’s actual list of qualities he was looking for in a girlfriend, they acted “very mischievously”.

“It’s clear they have a great sense of humor and both are willing to demonstrate that on camera. Meghan was quite playful when Harry spoke about seeing her wearing a dog filter on social media while the couple laughed,” Stanton said.

When they joked about the list, Harry said, “Let’s not go there” – showing he’s still touchy when it comes to talking about past relationships.

“He clearly wants to keep that in the past and focus on the present. However, he brushed off the conversation in good spirits and did so in a joking and mischievous manner,” Stanton said.

In the documentary, Harry compares his wife to his late mother, Princess Diana – and he truly believes the similarities are true.

“So much of what Meghan is and who she is is so similar to my mother. She has the same compassion. She has the same empathy. She has the same confidence. She has this warmth about her,” Harry says in the documentary.

Stanton thinks this may be what drew Harry to Markle in the first place.

“When Harry spoke about Meghan, I saw no evidence of cheating behavior or that he was faking his feelings for the cameras,” he said. “His body language and demeanor seem totally consistent with what he’s thinking. It’s clear from his non-verbal communication that he genuinely believes Meghan is similar to Diana.”

Stanton said it’s also obvious that Harry believes what he’s saying is true because he gets more serious talking about it in the clip.

Harry also still feels a sense of loss for his late mother, Stanton added.

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Harry was “nervous” and “embarrassed”.

“When we think about people we’ve lost in life or certain traumatic situations, our mind triggers some of those feelings and thoughts. From Harry’s non-verbal communication, we saw some micro-expressions of sadness when he spoke about his mother. It’s a clear indication that he still feels a great loss for his mother,” he said.

Stanton also pointed out that Markle is a “kinesthetic” and “tactile” person who loves to touch — which she might find to others “shocking” when she first met Prince William and Princess Kate Middleton.

“As Meghan spoke about the moment, I noticed that her eyebrows rose and her face sagged. It was a combination of embarrassment and shame,” Stanton said. “As she repeated the memory of the meeting, her subconscious fought back the same feelings she had at the time.”

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Harry and Meghan’s body language proved they were showing their “true feelings” in front of the camera.

Markle revealed that when she first met her future brother-in-law and sister-in-law, she thought it would be appropriate to hug them – but didn’t realize that hugging is “really irritating to a lot of Brits”.

Stanton said that according to previous analysis of William and Kate, they also tend to be kinesthetic people — they just had to warm up to Markle.

“It was clear from William and Kate’s response that they needed to get to know her a little more before that could happen. From previous analysis I’ve done on Prince William and Kate, they also come across as kinesthetic people, but they can be cautious before deciding to approach and open up to someone like most people do,” he said he. Body language expert debunks Harry and Meghan’s ‘narratives’

Emma Bowman

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