As the Duke of Sussex approaches 37 and nearly the end of his thirties, a body language expert has discussed whether or not Prince Harry is happy and content with his choices, or if he misses life as a working royal. Body language expert Judi James spoke to Express.co.uk with some analysis on the Prince based on his most recent appearances, compared to older footage of him as a working member of the Royal Family. Judi said: “It was sad to hear Harry describing himself as having been ‘trapped’ during his life as a royal.
“Of all the members of the Firm, he was always the one appearing to have the best time and the most fun.
“His humour was unique to him, not something that needed prompting from locations or even the company he was in.
“His really impish, naughty grin appeared to be all his own work and he took it with him relentlessly, making even the most sour-faced royals join in and catch his very infectious mood.”
Judi continued: “We can see Kate literally roaring with laughter in his company and although she clearly has a sense of fun herself, it was often hidden behind a desire to get everything right in public in terms of regal behaviour.
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“His ‘banter’ with William was legendary and Harry always looked like the perfect wingman for a brother destined to have the weight of the world on his shoulders in his future role as king.
“Harry’s ability to drop the grown-up stuff and act like a child himself made him the perfect representative when his visits entailed meeting young people but since then he has implied his life was less fun-filled and perfect than it looked.
“Since his ‘escape’ to the US, it is easy to see how much this epiphany has impacted on his body language,” she explained.
“The grin appears now and again but the Harry we see now tends to be resolutely grown-up and full of serious concerns and responsibilities.
“His approach now tends to be as a global player and his status signals as a campaigner have risen accordingly.
“Fatherhood seems to have caused a new air of maturity as well and when he lectures the world it is with the air of an expert or guru.
“He looks adamant about having no regrets and his body language and verbal tone often seems to imply he has risen above the role of Prince and that he has gained rather than lost from his decision to quit.
“From a playful, loveable young man who was never known for his intellectual chops he now speaks and adopts the more serious body language of a man who describes himself as ‘convening’ with world leaders.
“As he approaches his 37th birthday Harry seems to be showing us that he has taken the right path, moving onward and upward in terms of power and influence to ‘make the world a better place’ while his brother remains ‘trapped’ by his life as a royal.
Judi continued: “The younger son who was destined to live in his brother’s shadow seems to believe that he has found a way to create a bigger profile on a world stage and with his freedom intact.
“So it’s probably this new, grown-up’ version of Harry we are seeing now, looking maybe not as happy in a fun way as he did before but probably happier in a more fulfilled way,” she said.
Prince Harry most recently appeared at the 2021 GQ Men of the Year Awards via video where he spoke out against “mass-scale misinformation that creates vaccine hesitancy” during the coronavirus pandemic.
In the audience was Piers Morgan who attended the party at London’s Tate Modern on Wednesday, September 1, and was celebrating the news Ofcom had cleared him over his comments about Meghan Markle.
Before this, Prince Harry had returned to the UK in July to unveil a statue of his late mother, Princess Diana, with his older brother Prince William to commemorate what would have been her 60th birthday.
Prior to this, the Duke of Sussex returned to the UK in April for his grandfather, Prince Philip’s funeral. This was the first time he had returned to the UK since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.
He has been living in Montecito with Meghan Markle and their two children, Archie and Lili. The family welcomed Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor on June 4, 2021.