Prince Harry was 'nervous' compared to his 'confident' wife when the royal pair appeared together at this year's Invictus Games, a body language expert has revealed.
Meghan Markle arrived at the 2023 Invictus Games on Tuesday, 12 September and apologised for 'being late to the party'.
Harry, who founded the games in 2014, gave his wife the spotlight and centre stage to give a poignant speech to the 1,600 attendees, including competitors, friends and family.
Addressing the audience, the mum-of-two told them why she missed the opening of the day's games, explaining she was spending time with her two young children in Los Angeles – including taking her eldest, Archie, to school before leaving for Germany.
Now body language expert Darren Stanton has shared his thoughts on the moment the married pair took to the stage, just hours after Meghan landed in Germany for the event.
Speaking on behalf of Betfair Slots, Darren said: “Meghan appeared very confident as she gave a speech alongside Prince Harry.
"She gave very positive, confident body language. She displayed a lot of open palm gestures, which is a sign of honesty and trust. She’s clearly very used to being on stage. Just with her eye contact and voice tone, she projects very well and she’s very used to giving public talks. It was very much the Meghan show."
He explained that Meghan tends to show signs of pride when Harry is speak, such as putting her hands to her mouth and smiling.
But he went on to say that he didn't see a reciprocal reaction from Harry, commenting: "I think he was holding back slightly. The Invictus Games clearly means a lot to him and it’s his baby.
At one point, Harry was seen playing with his ring finger, which is a self reassurance gesture. This type of gesture is generally used when someone is feeling nervous."
It is the first time that the couple, who got married in 2018, have been seen together at the games and, according to sources, the former Suits star did not read from a prepared speech and instead from the heart.
Meghan looked dazzling as she took the stage and donned a black shirt dress with a matching belt. She kept make-up to a minimal and opted for fuss-free loose waves and elegant jewellery.
The royal then told the audience she had visited a Fisher House in Los Angeles – the organisation that helps veterans and their families and are one of the main sponsors of the Invictus Games – a few weeks ago and was 'moved' by what she saw.
Body language expert Darren said he thought Meghan and Harry's relationship had evolved, based on how they behaved together.
“I did notice that there has been a decrease in power gestures from Meghan towards Harry," he explained.
"For example, she would previously put her hand on his back and guide him by his elbow. However, in recent months, there has been a dramatic decrease in the demonstration of these types of gestures, where she is trying to assert her power. This shows that their relationship has evolved.”
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