Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 39, have been based in the USA since March and the prince is already showing signs of ‘US immersion’, according to a body language expert. Harry recently appeared in a Zoom call alongside Paralympians to promote Netflix documentary Rising Phoenix which tells the story of the Paralympic Games.
Having set up the Invictus Games for injured veterans, the Paralympics is an initiative close to Harry’s heart and he features in the documentary alongside athletes.
Some of the athletes in the documentary including the US’s Tatyana McFadden and Matt Stutzman, Italy’s Bebe Vio, France’s Jean-Baptiste Alaize and South Africa’s Ntando Mahlangu all joined Harry on his latest Zoom call.
During the discussion about Rising Pheonix, Harry praised the athletes and lauded the importance of the documentary.
Speaking from his Montecito mansion, Harry said: “With Covid and everything else that is happening at the moment, your stories and the strength that you guys show, is incredible and that needs to be seen more.
He added: “It needs to be spoken about more, to try and get rid of the stereotyping to get rid of those preconceptions.”
Body language expert and author Judi James analysed the latest clip of Harry and highlighted the prince’s American lilt.
The body language analyst told Express.co.uk: “Immersing himself in a cause he loves, Harry also shows signs of his immersion in a US lifestyle here, adopting the traces of an American accent when he pronounces ‘matter’ as ‘madder’ before showing us some signature moves that he appears to have mirrored from Meghan, like the hand on the chest and upward glance while searching for words.”
According to Judi, Harry’s gestures hint at his desire to “get it all right” when he speaks.
The Prince’s body language also suggests he is taking an “authoritative” stance.
Judi said: “Harry looks active in listening mode, with some fast-blinking and heavy swallowing, suggesting a desire to get it all right when he does talk, but then he places a finger across his lips as he listens to raise his image of authority in a gesture of status and evaluation.”
According to the body language expert, Prince Harry has begun to emulate some of his wife Meghan’s gestures when it comes to public speaking.
Judi said: “When he speaks he adopts the same air of youthful energy as the other people on screen, using the Meghan chest-pat gesture to suggest deep emotion as he tells them about ‘my biggest hope’.
“Throwing one hand out across the screen suggests energy and a hands-on approach but later he reverts to a series of precision gestures like the single or cluster precision pinch with his fingers to suggest he is also the man with a very precise plan for change.”
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According to Judi, Harry’s powerful language is designed to remind people of his and Meghan’s “reach and influence.”
Judi said: “The signature statement or spin that Harry seems to be using recently is the line about ‘changing the world’ and he uses it here, emphasizing and reminding us how vast Harry and Meghan believe their reach and their influence to be now.”
Judi claims that Harry’s rounds off the call with another gesture borrowed from Meghan.
The expert said: “At the end he uses the Meghan move of a more modest pose, clapping his hands once to motivate us all to get on with change and then smiling and self-diminishing his torso by pulling in his arms to register friendship.”
On Wednesday it was confirmed that Meghan and Harry had signed a mega-deal to produce programmes for Netflix.
While the value of the deal has not been confirmed it is estimated to be worth up to £75 million.
The couple set out their wish to become financially independent following their step down as senior royals.
The Netflix deal is likely to have allowed them to sever all financial ties with the monarchy and end the support they were understood to have been receiving from Harry’s father Prince Charles.
The couple intend to produce programmes that “inform but also give hope” and have said they will focus on family programming.