‘Distress signals’ Prince Harry ‘appeared nervous’ at UN speech – leaned on ‘rock’ Meghan


PRINCE HARRY “appeared nervous” during his speech at the UN General Assembly yesterday but found comfort in his wife Meghan, a body language expert has claimed.

The expert said: “Harry appeared nervous from the outset. While he’s not really an accomplished public speaker, he still has a great deal of confidence to address a large number of people, however, this didn’t seem to be one of those occasions.

“Harry portrayed distress signals that denoted his uneasiness on stage and how he was feeling slightly overwhelmed by the situation. Mr Stanton added that as Harry spoke, he “kept biting his lip”.

Prince Harry 'appeared nervous' at UN speech - leaned on 'rock' Meghan

Prince Harry ‘appeared nervous’ at UN speech – leaned on ‘rock’ Meghan (Image: Getty)

Prince Harry 'appeared nervous' at UN speech - leaned on 'rock' Meghan

Meghan is Harry’s “rock”, said the body language expert (Image: Getty)

This, the expert claimed, is a “self reassurance gesture we make when we’re feeling anxious, and he was fidgeting with the button on his suit jacket.”

He added: “At certain points, we saw Harry display a bilateral arm shrug – an unconscious movement where your left arm moves in and out – which tends to reflect when someone is feeling uncomfortable and wanting a certain situation to be over as quickly as possible.”

However, Meghan represented a source of comfort to the Prince during the stressful experience. Mr Stanton said: “As well as holding Meghan’s hand, he was seen adjusting his jacket or tucking his hand into his side behind his jacket.

“There’s no denying that Harry isn’t hugely comfortable being in the spotlight and in these situations he leans on Meghan as his rock.”

Prince Harry 'appeared nervous' at UN speech - leaned on 'rock' Meghan

Harry fiddling with his suit was seen as a sign of nervousness (Image: Getty)

The expert said she “acts as a support for Harry”, with the Prince often looking to her “and her confidence to boost his own”.

Commentator Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu shared her own admiration for the couple on Twitter.

She argued the displays of affection proved the couple were not just married but “best friends”.Prince Harry 'appeared nervous' at UN speech - leaned on 'rock' Meghan

His speech became more confident when he brought up Diana, said Mr Stanton (Image: Getty)

But there was one moment during his speech when Harry appeared confident – when he was speaking about his mother, Princess Diana.

Analysing the speech, Mr Stanton said: “Despite Diana’s passing being many years ago, it, understandably, still affects Harry greatly to this day and we saw a huge emotional shift in him.

“He became less fidgety as he spoke, we saw his affection for Diana leak through as he smiled sincerely when he spoke about her and remembered her ‘playfulness’ and ‘cheekiness’.”


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