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BREAKING: ‘Statesmanlike’ Prince William took on the ‘older brother role’ while Prince Harry was ‘flamboyant but tense’ as they reunited for unveiling of Princess Diana statue, body language expert reveals

Body language experts told FEMAIL the Duke of Cambridge, 39, appeared ‘reminiscent of Prince Philip’ at the event, while the Duke of Sussex, 36, was ‘less comfortable than he was trying to appear.’

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, and Duke of Sussex, 36, were pictured standing shoulder-to-shoulder before revealing a statue created in Princess Diana’s honor by Ian Rank-Broadley and placed in the remodeled Sunken Garden, a place of solace and safety for her before she died in 1997. 

The brothers are said to have barely spoken and have an ‘incredibly strained’ relationship after two years of rows over Harry’s wife and her alleged treatment of staff, the couple’s decision to emigrate to America and the tonnes of ‘truth bombs’ the Sussexes have dropped in TV interviews watched by tens of millions of people around the world. 

Body language expert Robin Kermode told FEMAIL Prince William was ‘reminiscent of his grandfather Prince Philip‘ at the event, taking on a ‘strong, confident, statesmanlike role’.

Meanwhile he said Prince Harry’s wild hand gestures and tense jaw indicated he was ‘less comfortable than he was trying to appear.’ 

As the brothers arrived, Robin said the brothers appeared ‘very much in sync’, adding: ‘They walking at the same pace, mirroring outer arm, hand and body movements. But William seems more aware of the cameras than Harry.

‘William looking reminiscent of his grandfather’s body language, strong, confident and slightly cheeky. He’s looking very much the older brother here. 

‘His body language is more formal than Harry’s accentuated by his buttoned up jacket. Overall he seems more aware of the importance visually of this meeting.’

He added: ‘Harry looking more relaxed, almost carefree here, well there is still some tension in his right hand playing with the jacket button.’

As the brothers met with the Spencer family and chatted with their relatives ahead of the statue unveiling, the body language expert said Harry was ‘more flamboyant’ than his brother, adding: ‘Once again Harry is using his arm as a demonstrator. 

‘His body language is more flamboyant today then William’s who is keeping his arms centred around navel height – traditionally the pose of a leader or a man of status.’ As the brothers arrived, Robin said the brothers appeared ‘very much in sync’, adding: ‘They walking at the same pace, mirroring outer arm, hand and body movements. But William seems more aware of the cameras than Harry’. 

Statue ‘depicts Di in final period of her life’ aiming to reflect her ‘warmth, elegance and energy’ 

A new statue depicting Princess Diana ‘in the final period of her life’ aims to reflect her ‘warmth, elegance and energy’, Kensington Palace said today – as it was unveiled to a mixed reaction from the public.

Well-wishers called the monument ‘lovely’ and ‘gorgeous’ as one Twitter user wrote: ‘Wonderful, I knew it would be Diana with kids.’

However, others criticised the statue as unrealistic, with one commentator writing: ‘Ok, I’ll be the first to say it, I’m underwhelmed by the statue. Not a good likeness of Diana and what is she wearing?’ 

The bronze made by Ian Rank-Broadley shows Diana with her arms around two children, and towered over the brothers as they revealed it to the world this afternoon.

Commissioned by the brothers in 2017 to memorialise their mother and mark the twentieth anniversary of her death, Kensington Palace said the princes ‘wanted the statue to recognise her positive impact in the UK and around the world, and help future generations understand the significance of her place in history’.

‘The statue aims to reflect the warmth, elegance and energy of Diana, Princess of Wales, in addition to her work and the impact she had on so many people,’ it added.

Robin said William appeared ‘thoughtful and in control’ at the event while Prince Harry looked ‘more nervous’. 

The body language expert added: ‘Harry’s hand again is higher than navel height, giving him a higher centre of gravity suggesting he might not be as comfortable as he is trying to appear.’  

The Duke of Sussex also appeared ‘to be struggling showing tension in his lip corners, jaw and eye brows.’

Robin added that at times, ‘Harry’s fixed stare is accentuated by his playing with his ring finger.’ 

Meanwhile the 36-year-old’s decision to ‘pull harder on the rope’ indicated Harry’s new awareness that he ‘doesn’t have to appear as statesmanlike as his older brother.’

He added: ‘We can only imagine the mixed emotions both brothers must be feeling here.

‘William remains upright, formal and referential, while Harry looks lift his shoulders and bless his hands on his hips. This is often a defiant gesture suggesting some internal unease.’    

Body language expert Darren Staunton said that despite their differences, the brothers’ bond appeared to shine through at the event.

He said: ‘Although it was clearly a very powerful and emotional event for both William and Harry I think it’s very obvious especially as a body language expert that the two brothers still have a very very strong bond between each other.

‘I did not see any micro expressions, which are fleeting flashes of emotion that someone tries to bask in uncomfortable situations so for example if someone were feeling anger put trying to convey calmness make sure the motion would still emerge or as we say leak out, I did not see any such gestures, especially for Prince William.’

Meanwhile he said despite stepping back from royal duty, the Duke of Sussex had fallen back into his royal ways effortlessly. 

He explained: ‘As ever although not officially a royal, Prince Harry effortlessly slipped back into a very Royal conduct and behaviour.

‘From the eye contact and non-verbal communication that was visible between the two it was clear they were sharing a very powerful connection and I believe no matter what the situation between the two they will undoubtedly remain supportive of each other despite the past disagreements.’

‘In a conclusion both Prince Harry and Prince William seems to have weathered all of the attention they have received from the world‘s media in respect of Harry removing himself from royal life and affectively emigrating to the USA.’

He added: ‘I’m sure as time goes on we will probably see a lot more Prince Harry as it is clear in my opinion anyway.

‘He will not just disappear to Los Angeles.’

The statue aims to reflect the warmth, elegance and energy of Diana, Princess of Wales, in addition to her work and the impact she had on so many people. Read more: daily mail

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