From Harry carrying his son to Meghan’s ‘protective’ hand on her husband’s back, a body language expert decodes the meanings in the Sussexes’ first family outing
- Prince Harry, 34, held two-day-old son as new parents introduced baby Archie
- Body language expert Judi James said Meghan was standing by her ‘two guys’
- Duchess touching her hair is ‘sign of a protective leadership role,’ she added
Proud father Prince Harry cradled his two-day-old baby Archie as he introduced him to the world this afternoon, while ‘protective’ Meghan stood by her men.
The Duchess of Sussex, 37, placed her hand on her husband’s right arm and continued to play with her hair before giving her husband a rub on the back during the photo call which took place in St George’s Hall.
Body language expert Judi James explained that while the Duke of Sussex was the one holding their baby boy, Meghan gave him ‘reassuring touches’ throughout.
Speaking to FEMAIL, she decoded the real meanings behind the subtle signs which were evident on the Sussexes’ first family outing – including Meghan’s touching of Archie’s head, Harry’s back, and the couple’s eye contact.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son Archie, who was born on Monday morning, during a photo call in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire. While the couple cooed over their newborn baby, they also gave each other a ‘very besotted looking “look of love,” according to the expert
HARRY HOLDING THE BABY
‘Harry took his duties seriously and the softening of his facial features as he looked at his new baby formed a very besotted looking “look of love,” explained Judi.
‘His baby cradling looked more adept and confident than other royal first-time dads.
‘He had very little tension in his arms and his fingers don’t look rigid, although his self-calming technique of stroking his own hand as well as the baby, might have helped.’
The decision for the Duke of Sussex is a stark contrast to Prince William and Kate – as she has previously been the one to cradle each of their newborns outside the Lindo Wing.
‘This was pretty much a first in senior royal baby body language with Meghan standing by her “two guys” using protective and reassuring touches and signs while Harry cradled the baby throughout.
‘She even rewarded Harry with a loving pat and back rub as they walked away from the cameras.
‘This “exit” gesture was more exaggerated than Meghan has used before. It’s loving, unifying (as in bonding them visually as a team of three), but also rewarding to Harry and steering.
‘Meghan combined it with a thumb rub for added definition and it reveals to Harry and the world her maternal protection for her two guys.’
Meghan’s hand on Harry’s back shows the world her maternal protection for her two guys, the expert says
TOUCHING THE BABY’S HEAD
Throughout the photo call, Meghan could also be seen playing with her hair as well as gently stroking Archie’s head.
‘Meghan’s hair and face-touch rituals suggested some slight anxiety but overall it was her taking the protective leadership role,’ explained the expert.
‘Meghan allowed Harry to be the hands-on-dad but this touching of the baby’s head looked like a continuation of all those touch and rub-based communications she performed constantly with her baby bump.
‘It provides continuity for the mother and the baby.’
Meghan used ‘protective and reassuring touches and signs’ while Harry cradled Archie throughout. ‘Touching of the baby’s head looked like a continuation of all those touch and rub-based communications she performed constantly with her baby bump,’ Martin said
The expert also pointed out that while the parents looked adoringly at their newborn, the love was still evident between them, too.
‘Prince Harry and and Meghan still used some intense eye contact with one another,’ she said. ‘They’re keeping their own loving communications alive while they cooed over the baby.
‘The intense eye contact exchanged between them created an inclusive effect, rather than both parents just doting on the baby.
‘It allowed for non-verbal signalling between them and allowed them to perform loving looks of mutual pride. It suggests very evenly shared parenting going forward.’
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born early hours on Monday and weighed 7lb 3oz.
Body language expert Judi James explained that while the Duke of Sussex was the one holding their two-day-old son, Meghan gave him ‘reassuring touches’ throughout
Proud father Prince Harry cradled Archie as he introduced him to the world this afternoon. Judi added that he ‘took his duties seriously’
Judi explained that this was ‘a first in senior royal baby body language’ as it’s previously been the mother who has cradled the newborn. Pictured, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William at St Mary’s Hospital with newborn son Prince George on 23 July 2013
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge swaddled newborn Louis in a white blanket and cap when they appeared on the steps of the Lindo Wing hours after his birth in April last year