The real deal
Twenty-three years after the untimely passing of Princess Diana, her two sons appear to be doing quite well – with happy marriages, children of their own, and lives made meaningful through public service. But only one remains an active member of the royal family. In January 2020, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, the ginger-haired spare to the second-in-line heir to the British crown, together with his wife of two years, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, stepped back from their royal duties in order to live an “independent” life as a family with their one-year-old son, Archie. Although giving up the perks of royalty might be unfathomable to some, it’s arguable it would not be to Diana, who was never exactly at home in the royal family. However, Diana’s alienation stemmed primarily from her unhappy marriage, whereas Harry’s seems motivated by his positive and supportive marriage.
We’ve taken a look at how Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ body language in 13 iconic photos gradually revealed the cracks in that relationship. We’ve also taken a look at how Diana’s body language was telling that story long before it went public. As Prince Harry approaches 36, the age his mother was at her death, it seems like a good time to learn more about the relationship between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex by looking at a retrospective of their more iconic photos. Here’s what Patti Wood, author of Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language & Charisma, has to say about the past, present and future of the House of Sussex.
“Beautifully in sync”
“There are so many wonderful moments of their compatibility captured here,” says Wood of this photo from the 2017 Invictus Games, which was early in Harry and Meghan’s courtship. Wood likes to read body language starting from the feet and going on up, and here, you can see how both Harry and Meghan stand with their feet equally spaced apart, their thighs at roughly the same distance, and a similar bend in their elbows and distance between their clapping hands. They are almost mirror images of each other. It’s classic “mirroring and matching,” Wood points out, and although the photo was taken early in their relationship, it speaks to their compatibility going forward.
“How she makes him feel”
Also at the Invictus Games, this photo shows Prince Harry “stepping back and leaning in to have a moment of lingering intimacy with Meghan,” says Wood. “His arm overlaps hers seductively, and he keeps a broad stance, indicating how she makes him feel like a man.” But Wood’s favourite bit of body language here is perhaps the most subtle: Harry reaches across his body, seemingly to scratch an itch, but actually uses it to draw closer to Meghan.