Prince William and Prince Harry recently met up for the second time this year to unveil their late mother’s statue. An expert has since assessed their body language during the event.
On Thursday, July 1, 2021, Prince William and his younger brother, Prince Harry, led the unveiling of Princess Diana’s statue at Kensington Palace. The date of the event would’ve been Diana’s 60th birthday.
Despite their alleged rift, the siblings were able to peacefully host the event held at the palace’s remodeled Sunken Garden. They even declared that they wished Diana was still there with them.
Prince William and Prince Harry at an Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018, in London, England | Photo: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
William and Harry stood side-by-side before unveiling the magnificent statue. The garden where it was displayed and placed happened to be where the Princess of Wales found safety and solace before her 1997 death.
Ian Rank-Broadley’s bronze statue of the People’s Princess showed her standing between two children while another followed behind. She had her arms placed lovingly around the little boy and girl next to her.
The sculpture revealed on Thursday afternoon was surrounded by 4,000 of Diana’s favorite flowers. Rank-Broadley’s design seemed to be inspired by the Princess of Wale’s 1993 Christmas card.
The original image was the first time she sent out a card without her husband, Prince Charles. In it, she wore the same open ribbed shirt as in the statue, a skirt, and belt and smiled lovingly at her two young sons.
The palace said the sculpture represented the generational and universal impact of the princess’s work. Charles didn’t attend the ceremony, which had to be scaled down to thirteen guests partly because of the pandemic.
According to “Daily Mail,” the other reason for the small ceremony was because the Royal Family wished to control the media coverage due to William and Harry’s feud. The event was only broadcast after it was done.
According to “The Sun,” body language expert Judi James said the siblings managed to get through the event by prioritizing their roles as Diana’s sons instead of their brotherly ones, adding:
"Emerging side-by-side their smiles did appear slightly over-worked at first but one very telling trait was how their body language was mirrored.”
James said the brother’s mimicked body language suggested: “strong subliminal bonds” that hinted at the old ties that still bound them together despite their feud. At one point, Harry reached out to touch his wedding ring.
The expert saw this as a self-comforting gesture which suggested he had some inner tension. It also meant he saw his family, his wife Duchess Meghan, son Archie, and daughter, Lilibet, as a source of support.
James thought the siblings looked more and more relaxed as the ceremony proceeded. Harry allegedly made the most eye contact with his brother, and they even had moments of laughter.
"[Prince] Harry left the palace after just 90 minutes even though he’d only arrived fifteen minutes before the event began."
William and Harry also managed to work as a team as they lifted the green cloth to reveal their mother’s statue. The expert thought all these gestures meant they both had the desire to reunite again.
Another body language expert, Patti Wood, thought the brothers used similar body language they’ve used over the years. They both tilt their heads to the side, swing one arm at the same time, and more.
At one point after the unveiling, Harry animatedly tried to get William’s full attention to engage in conversation. The Duke of Sussex’s actions shows that he wants to connect with the Duke of Cambridge.
Harry seemed quite happy as he was seen joking around with his uncle Earl Spencer and Diana's sisters Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale. He greeted his aunts with big kisses.
For his part, William seemed more serious throughout the short ceremony. Harry left the palace after just 90 minutes, even though he’d only arrived fifteen minutes before the event began.