Prince Harry showed anger and resentment when talking about members of the Royal Family during his ITV sit down, a body language expert has said.
The Duke of Sussex, 38, has sat down with ITV’s Tom Bradby as part of a publicity blitz for his new bombshell memoir Spare.
During the interview, Harry addresses a number of topic covered in the book, including his consumption of cocaine a ‘few’ times during his wilder party years and his relationship and his sensational accusation towards Camilla of plotting to marry Charles.
In Spare, the Duke claims that he and his brother William ‘begged’ the then-Prince of Wales not to remarry after Princess Diana’s death, fearing that she would be their ‘wicked stepmother’.
Prince Harry and Prince William pictured attending the former’s wedding at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
Body language expert Judi James told MailOnline that Harry displayed examples of ‘anger and resentment’ when talking about the Queen Consort.
She said: ‘Harry’s body language signals are contradictory when he talks of his father. His voice drops and his features soften but he also seems to prep physically for a challenge or confrontation, despite telling how he has already opened up to his dad and gained the apology he seems to have been craving.
‘At times he looks tearful but his mantra: “I love my father. I love my brother. I love my family”, sounds like an unemotional recitation. The phrase “certain members of my family” prompts signals of anger and resentment.
‘He sucks his lips in, and describes how they “decided to get into bed with the devil” using precision gestures to signal righteousness and correctness. His “killer” accusation here comes through a mime. Using one hand for his family and the other for the tabloid media he presses one hand on top of the other.
With Camilla Harry is a welter of conflicting signalling. He acts out anger when Tom suggests he has been ‘scathing’ about her but his hand lands on his hip in a partial splay gesture of aggressive arousal or defensiveness.
‘His positive comments skid up towards a ‘but…’ as he sniffs and bristles before swerving politically again to get off this more specific target.’
In his autobiography, Harry describes smoking cannabis and boozing – but he revealed for the first time how he was offered a line of cocaine during a hunting weekend.
Admitting that he lied to the Royal Household staff during his interrogation, Harry says taking cocaine ‘wasn’t much fun’ and did it partly to be different and because he was a ‘seventeen-year-old willing to try almost anything that would upset the established order’.
Ms James says Harry showed signs of appearing ‘ashamed and apologeticr’ when having to address his cocaine consumption.
She added: ‘Tom Bradbury brings up the subject of drugs with understandable signals of awkwardness and embarrassment, raising his brows, tilting his head and almost requesting non-verbal permission. However once he is on the subject he becomes a terrier with a bone between its teeth.
Harry’s response is that of a politician, both verbally and non-verbally. He adopts a confident pose and holds it apart from a suggesting in the straightening of his torso that he is bracing himself, instead of looking ashamed or apologetic, to appear to be bristling with righteousness and indignation.
Tom asks whether a “class A drug” was not in the public’s interest and Harry performs a political swerve, repeating the words “what is a matter of public interest” to lead the attention off the drugs and onto a diversion, which is “the relationship between the institution and the tabloid media”.
‘His lower jaw jut signals resentment and anger and his hands spin in mid-air in a bout of his leadership style emphatic rituals.’
In the book, Harry claims his brother William invoked their mother’s memory during an argument over his interview with Oprah.
The duke wrote that William got heated as they spoke after the funeral of their grandfather Prince Philip in 2021.
Harry claims he was trying to address bullying allegations made against Meghan, before alleging that William was ‘really steaming’ and grasped at him as he tried to walk away.
Ms James says Harry showed ‘evasiveness’ and ‘discomfort’ when discussing the rift with his brother.
The Duke of Sussex, 38, has sat down with ITV’s Tom Bradby as part of a publicity blitz for his new bombshell memoir Spare
Prince Harry pictured with his brother Prince William and father Prince Charles at the funeral of Princess Diana
She added: ‘Tom Bradbury uses a first person role-play technique when quizzing Harry about William. He adopts the role, body language and the words of William, acting out potential bewilderment and a sense that Harry has betrayed him.
‘It’s a powerful technique that can be aimed at prodding the interviewee to reply in kind or to produce a more realistic response. Role-play like this might look a bit overkill but in an emotional situation it can often trigger reactions that normal questioning can’t.
‘Harry becomes very guarded here though, making it sound like a political interview. He performs a cut-off ritual, bringing one hand up to his nose. This can often show a desire to want to cover or conceal the mouth or part of the face, which in turn can look evasive.’
Ms James continues: ‘When Tom says in role as William ‘How could you do this to me?’ Harry squirms to avoid playing ball. His eyes move to the right and also upward. Avoidance of eye contact like this can also hint at discomfort or evasiveness.
‘When Tom presses it further, asking about ‘invading the privacy of your nearest and dearest’ Harry touches his nose and sniffs, hiding what looks like an angry or pained grimace. His answers become less direct and more political as he says William might say a lot of things rather than make more specific speculations.
Speaking about his mother’s death, Harry recalled how he was ‘unable to show any emotion’ in public after her fatal car crash in 1997, and that he had only shed tears when she was buried.
He also spoke of feeling ‘some guilt’ as he greeted crowds who gathered to pay their respects to his mother outside Kensington Palace
Ms James described how Harry tried to show a ‘signal of bravado’, but was likely masking grief.
She said: ‘ Harry’s body language when he talks about his mother’s death and his reactions and feelings at the time suggest a disassociation, as though it is still too raw and painful to fully immerse himself in the narrative.
‘He starts by using an incongruent signal. His eyes move to the side and he performs a very weak smile that is applied like a signal of bravado. This is often a sign that someone is masking, i.e. concealing their pain or their grief.
‘His eyes then roll upward in a cut-off ritual and here we get to glimpse the pain as his mouth stretches in a horizontal grimace that reveals his lower teeth, like a wince of physical pain.
‘But then he seems to adopt an outsider’s view, almost as though he is a commentator on his own documentary. His left hand moves in a conductor’s gesture to suggest control as he switches away from the first person as though talking about someone else.
‘The two people most loved by her were unable to show any emotion’ sounds as though he is looking in at these two tragic boys rather than immersing himself and identifying with his young self and, again, the suggestion is that it is still too raw for him to deal with.
Prince Harry sat down tonight for her first primetime interview to promote his memoir, Spare
The Duke of Sussex speaks often about his mother in his new memoir Spare, which is released in the UK on January 10
‘Everyone thought and felt like they knew our mum, and the two closest people to her, the two most loved people by her, were unable to show any emotion in that moment,’ he tells presenter Tom Bradby.
Harry also reveals how his father sat him down on a bed before breaking the news.
He says Prince Charles called him ‘my dear son’ before telling him his mother was unlikely to survive head injuries sustained in the crash in Paris in the early hours of August 31, 1997.
The prince paints the picture of an emotionally distant father, saying that Charles was ‘not good at expressing his emotions’.
In a passage read out on ITV, Harry says: ‘What I do remember with stunning clarity is that I did not cry. Not a tear. My father did not hug me.’
In the book, the Duke recalls asking to go and visit his mother while she was in the hospital.
However, he says his father explained she ‘hasn’t recovered any more’, before saying he stayed in his room on his own until the following morning.
He recalled that he and his brother William were forbidden from watching the TV so they didn’t see news of the car crash.