Recent news about Prince Harry’s engagement to American actress Meghan Markle has photographers taking every possible photo of the newly engaged couple. After a while, some people have begun to notice something peculiar about Prince Harry’s body language.
In many photos, the Royal can be seen tucking his hand inside his suit jacket or shirt. What exactly does this mean?
Body language expert and author of Persuasion Point: Body Language and Speech Influence Traci Brown spoke about this behaviour, stating that this is likely a habit, and he is “covering his solar plexus area (the vital organs)” and in doing so, he is protecting this area. This may show that he isn’t comfortable with the social situation. When you stop to think about this it makes perfect sense given that the Prince is under a constant spotlight.
Tossed into the spotlight his entire life, Prince Harry’s life became an immediate media frenzy after the tragic passing of his mother Princess Diana. Harry, now making new headlines with his Bride-To-Be Meghan Markle, is seen happier than ever, holding hands with her.
If you look closely at this photo, however, you can see that being in the spotlight perhaps might make Harry uncomfortable in situations that might be more stressful. In this case, announce to the world that you’re engaged! It’s okay, Harry, we understand.
Here, Prince Harry can be seen next to the First Lady, Melania Trump. You can see by the hand gesture he is making that he might be covering his solar plexus to protect himself subconsciously if he feels like he’s in a dangerous situation. Perhaps meeting one of the Trumps triggered this.
Not as easy to see but still visible, here is Harry shaking hands with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and also they both seem relaxed enough, perhaps Harry is a little nervous about meeting a political figure as handsome as he is.
In this photo, Harry can be seen cracking a joke next to an official. Off the camera and standing nearby is Kate Middleton. You can see Harry with his signature figure gesture, which makes us wonder what exactly he might have been uncomfortable with in this photo.
Here, Prince Harry is placing his hand inside his jacket while visiting with Michelle Obama at an Invictus Games event. Harry has his hand tucked away, perhaps signalling that he isn’t comfortable in his current situation.
Regardless of his comfort level in the public arena, it’s clear that his new Bride-To-Be brings him a great deal of comfort and happiness. Harry seems more at ease with himself.
However you want to look at it, body language or not, Prince Harry is no doubt a modern monarch, an influence that no doubt comes from his late mother Princess Diana.