Prince Harry’s ‘secret signal’ during meeting with Melania Trump revealed by body language expert

Prince Harry’s ‘secret signal’ during meeting with Melania Trump revealed by body language expert.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have settled down nicely in Sunny California. They don’t seem to miss their former lives as working royals much since they are now free to act as they wish without asking for permission or follow protocols and traditions.

Not only they landed multi-million dollars deals with several companies, among which Netflix, but they also have friends they spend quality time with. Overall, their life in the States blossomed, and Harry has always felt welcomed there, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone is happy with him living in America. One of those people who would like to see Harry leave the States is no other than former president Donald Trump.

Last year, The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in the U.S., sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for accessing Prince Harry’s immigration records. When applying for certain U.S. visas, applicants must disclose any history of drug use, which can lead to their application being denied.

Prince Harry arrives at The Invictus Games Foundation 10th Anniversary Service at St. Paul’s Cathedral on May 8, 2024, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

In his memoir Spare, Harry admitted to using various drugs and psychedelics, including cocaine, marijuana, and magic mushrooms. However, it is unclear if he disclosed this on his visa application. In March, Donald Trump suggested that Harry could be deported from the U.S. if he lied about his past drug use on the visa application.

“We’ll have to see if they know something about the drugs, and if he lied they’ll have to take appropriate action,” Trump told GB News in March.

Later, Trump said that in case he wins the 2024 elections, he wouldn’t protect the prince.

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“I wouldn’t protect him. He betrayed the Queen. That’s unforgivable. He would be on his own if it was down to me,” Trump told the Express, adding that according to him the Royal Family was “too gracious” to the Duke after “what he has done.”

Back in 2019, Donald Trump visited the UK, and as part of the trip, he met with the various senior members of the British Royal Family, including then-Prince Charles – the two apparently spoke on climate change – and, of course, the late Queen Elizabeth II.

At around the same time, there were some tensions that involved Meghan Markle.

Namely, during an appearance on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, Markle spoke of Trump, who was running for a president at the time, as of “misogynistic” and “divisive.” What’s most, she shared she would give her vote to his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

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Fast forward to Donald’s UK visit, Meghan had just given birth to Archie and was on maternity leave, so she didn’t appear during the state visit. Other reports suggested that she and Trump were intentionally kept apart to avoid an embarrassing clash, especially due to comments the then-president made before arriving in the UK.

Speaking with The Sun at the Oval Office, Trump said he had never heard Meghan’s words about him.

“I didn’t know that. What can I say? I didn’t know that she was nasty,” he told the magazine.

Of course, neither Meghan nor Harry were happy with Trump calling her nasty. Later on, Harry was actually scheduled to attend a lunch at which Trump was also supposed to be present. As the Duke was expected to remain politically neutral, he was supposed to “toe the line” around the US President.

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“The Royal Family will be professional and duty-bound. But Prince Harry will be going to a private lunch with the Queen on Monday with Donald Trump and the First Lady, how incredibly awkward this is going to be for Prince Harry. He will lay on his very best charm because that is what he has been raised to do; that is what he is required to do,” royal expert Victoria Arbiter told the Express at the time.

She added: “So I think yes [the royal family] are all sort of aware of Donald Trump and how he has put his foot in it on numerous occasions. But Harry is there to support his grandmother, he will also be there to say thank you to Melania Trump because she did lead the US team to Toronto in 2017 for the Invictus Games.”

Harry and Melania met back in 2017 but it wasn’t a meeting that attracted the public’s attention. One detail on the photo the two took together, however, did make a hot topic.

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Harry, who was still a working royal at the time, spent around 30 minutes with Melania before attending the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in Toronto.

The detail which made many scratch their heads was Harry’s position of his hand. The Duke held his hand half-tucked into his jacket, with the pinky and index fingers sticking out, which many interpreted as the devil horns.This symbol can be traced back to the Middle Ages to ward off evil spirits.

However, besides what people said, body language experts have other explanations.

According to body language Patti Wood, the public misunderstood Harry’s gesture. “This is called the horn or the devil’s horn, and what people are saying in the media about it is not correct,” Wood told Huffington Post. “It is not a sign that he’s the devil, but rather a warning off of evil spirits. It’s a protective gesture against evil or darkness and illness.”

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Wood noted that placing one hand on the stomach can be interpreted as a self-comforting gesture and explained that several world leaders have exhibited this same gesture when photographed with Donald Trump.

“I’ve seen world leaders in photo shoots with Trump and I see a lot of what are called self-comfort cues. This would be considered one of those. It looks like the devil’s horn but it is also hand to belly,” Wood concluded.

“At the very least it would be a comfort cue, and show a lot of tension and a need to protect his central core.”

Joe Navarro, another body language expert, said the position of Harry’s hand had nothing to do with the devil. “Had the photographers loitered too long? Is there something else going on?” Navarro said.

TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 23: Prince Harry poses with U.S. first lady Melania Trump for the first time as she leads the USA team delegation ahead of the Invictus Games 2017 on September 23, 2017 in Toronto, Canada (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation )

“I have to wonder, was he going to unbutton his jacket and then changed his mind? Was he in prep for sitting and then they asked him to stand again to do more photos? To me, you can’t draw too many inferences from the photo. I wouldn’t personally read too much into that.

“There was some psychological discomfort. The look of his face, the look of his hand is very unusual, except for the fact that he and his brother have a tendency to cover their belly which is a self-soothing behavior to deal with a bit of tension.”

From body language expert Tonya Reiman’s point of view, the prince was simply getting comfortable.

“For me, this was more of a comfort gesture,” she said. “Covering your stomach makes you feel more relaxed, more comfortable. When he heard the cameras going off, he was just getting comfortable.” 

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