Prince Harry showed 'emotional shift' as he spoke about Princess Diana at the UN

Prince Harry showed 'emotional shift' during his speech at the UN on Nelson Mandela Day as he spoke about his late mother

Prince Harry showed an 'emotional shift' during UN speech
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Prince Harry showed an 'emotional shift' during UN speech as he spoke about his late mother Princess Diana during the celebration of Nelson Mandela Day.

Body language expert Darren Stanton has analyzed Prince Harry's appearance at the United Nations with his wife Meghan Markle to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day.

Speaking on behalf of Slingo, Darren revealed that Prince Harry was 'nervous' but had an emotional shift as he spoke about his mother Princess Diana.

Speaking about the Duke of Sussex's initial nerves at this event, Darren said, "Taking to the stage to deliver a speech at the United Nations, 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."

He then explained the unconscious movements made by the price that signaled his discomfort. "Harry portrayed distress signals that denoted his uneasiness on stage and how he was feeling slightly overwhelmed by the situation. As he spoke Harry kept biting his lip, a self-reassurance gesture we make when we’re feeling anxious, and he was fidgeting with the button on his suit jacket," said Darren.

The expert 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."


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The body language expert added that although he seemed to lack confidence during this speech, he gained confidence when he spoke about his late mother.

"It was a very different version of Harry compared to the one we are used to seeing. For example, at the Invictus Games, Harry couldn’t have been more confident. However, we saw Harry's ease when he was speaking about his mother, Princess Diana, in his speech," said the expert.

Darren explained that there was an 'emotional shift' as he became more confident and genuine as he spoke about her. "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’," said Darren.

Meghan Markle wears Princess Diana's jewelry: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at the United Nations Headquarters on July 18, 2022 in New York City. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex is the keynote speaker during the United Nations General assembly to mark the observance of Nelson Mandela International Day where the 2020 U.N. Nelson Mandela Prize will be awarded to Mrs. Marianna Vardinogiannis of Greece and Dr. Morissanda Kouyaté of Guinea.

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When it was revealed that Meghan Markle will join Prince Harry for an exciting public appearance in New York, fans were excited to see the royal couple's interactions. The body language explained that when Prince Harry made it clear at this event that Meghan is his 'rock' and the person he looks to for reassurance.

"Harry arrived to the United Nations with wife Meghan and as he entered the building, again we saw these self-reassurance gestures. 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," said Darren.

The expert said that in comparison, Meghan is extremely comfortable in the public eye, but it is this confidence that Prince Harry uses to fuel his own.

"She [Meghan], meanwhile, is used to being in the public eye and oozes confidence as she greets others and acts as a support for Harry. While Meghan can be seen smiling widely and laughing, Harry is much more reserved and displayed non-verbal gestures of feeling awkward and uncomfortable. In situations like this, he often looks to Meghan and her confidence to boost his own," said the body language expert.

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