Harry wants to play victim in interview for memoir, says body language expert

Prince Harry's appearances on 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper and Tom Bradby's ITV special have both been dissected by body language expert Judi James.

Ahead of these explosive interviews' broadcast, which recently released teaser trailers, it's been claimed that the 38 year old Duke of Sussex consciously displays an air of victimisation, whilst also looking to come across as "superior" and "authoritative" infront of the inevitable millions of viewers.

Breaking down Harry's triumvirate of body language cues and techniques throughout the footage, Judi set out the categories of 'Authoritative Prince', 'The Guru' and 'Bean-spilling Victim'.

"Harry is seen walking with a solid chest splay signalling confidence, using the political leadership trick of one handed gesticulation as he talks. This makes him look superior and in charge while the host listens," she told The Sun.


In his alleged Guru mode, the expert went on to point out: "Harry is sitting down, using his favourite, pompous over-kill gesticulations to look as though his words are terribly important.

"He mimes a huge circle in the air to ensure his message is listened to and understood."

Last but not least, the bean-spiller side of the Prince apparently features him adopting a "lower-status victim" look, with wide eyes, raised eyebrows and held-aloft hands suggesting "openness" to the audience.

It's fair to say Judi could be referencing the trailer's moment where Harry says "it never needed to be this way" before declaring: "I want a family, not an institution".

Meanwhile, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams has also weighed in on the father-of-two's various controversies, including a scathing Netflix docuseries which began streaming over Christmas, and the potentially devastating memoir he's about to release.

"Harry might like to 'get his brother back' and '…his father back', but must surely know giving this catalogue of woes even more exposure, is not the way to do so," he stressed.

Titled Spare, Harry's book doesn't stand a chance of destabilising the royal institution, though, according to Princess Diana's biographer Andrew Morton.

"Harry’s book will cause concern," he suggested, before adding: "If the institution is so weak that it can’t stand a ghostwritten book by a junior member, then it’s probably not worth keeping it…

"The Royal Family are bracing for two things. They were bracing for the coronation coming up so, you get the sense of palace officials are on tenterhooks making sure that for King Charles, people aren’t reminded of his emotional hinterland as it were.

"And with Harry's memoir as well, they are concerned that will affect the way people perceive King Charles."

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