Prince Harry was "miserable" and "riddled with anxiety" when he delivered his sombre address to the United Nations, a body language expert has claimed.
The prince touched on everything from the Ukraine war through to climate change and covid to mark Nelson Mandela International Day as Meghan Markle watched on proudly at the UN headquarters in New York.
During the two-hour-long informal meeting of the General Assembly plenary, the 37-year-old said we had suffered a "painful decade".
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"How many of us feel battered, helpless, in the face of a seemingly endless stream of disasters and devastation?" he asked, adding: "This has been a painful year in a painful decade."
Harry cut a largely tense figure, and body language expert Judi James says that behind his confident delivery he was battling with some big emotions.
She told The Mirror: "His style of delivery was more presidential than princely at the UN. His keynote was delivered in a sombre, slow, authoritative style that pitched him as the expert.
"He didn’t back away from taking a ‘tell’ approach, even when it came to Mandela himself.
"[But] Harry’s underlying body language rituals suggested high levels of tension and anxiety underlying the confident and hard-hitting delivery."
According to Judi, both Harry and his father Prince Charles use 'barrier rituals' in a bid to self-soothe when speaking at public events. And she says Harry's was out in full force at the UN.
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She explained: "He arrived in the building performing a lengthy self-comfort/barrier ritual that involved a truncated gesture of appearing to button his jacket and he was still performing that truncated ritual once he stepped on stage and walked to the lectern.
"An unfulfilled gesture like this is all about the feelings of self-comfort rather than the action itself. Prince Charles pats his pockets and fiddles with his cuffs while Harry pretended to button his jacket, fiddle with his tie and pat his stomach.
"This allows both to raise their hands and arms in front of their torsos in a protective barrier, suggesting some nerves."
And Judi says Harry also showed signs of being someone who was eager to get things wrapped up.
On top of that, she noted Harry's uncharacteristic lack of humour, pointing out that the only smile the downcast royal cracked was for Meghan.
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