Prince Harry v William: Body language shows Harry ‘rebel’ against Will’s ‘protective ways

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Prince Harry, 35, and Prince William, 38, are understood to have fallen out in 2017 after William voiced his concerns to Harry that his relationship with Meghan Markle may be moving too fast. While William is said to have acted in good faith, Harry is understood to have taken offence, a new book Finding Freedom reports.

Authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand have laid bare the alleged rift between the two brothers and tracked it back to that initial falling out.

They write: “‘Don’t feel like you need to rush this”, William told Harry, according to sources.

“‘Take as much time as you need to get to know this girl.’

“In those last two words, ‘this girl,’ Harry heard the tone of snobbiness that was the anathema to his approach to the world.”

The book continues: “Removing Meghan from the equation, Harry was also tired of the dynamic that had become established between him and his older brother.

“There had come a point when Harry no longer felt he needed looking after.

“There was a thin line between caring and condensing.

“Just because he went about his life differently than his brother didn’t make it wrong.”

“William may have felt he was acting out of concern, but Harry was offended that his older brother still treated him as if her were immature.”

A body language expert has analysed photos of William and Prince Harry over the decades and noted a shift in their behaviour around the time of the alleged rift.

Body language analyst and author Judi James claimed Harry seemed to rebel against Prince William’s “protective” dynamic and found independence by “pushing William away.”

Judi James told “From the moment they lost their mother, the two prince’s relationship became built on two very diverse but equally strong sets of bonds: on the one hand they were playmates, amusing each other, teasing each other and winding each other up with quick-fire banter and jokes.


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She added: “This was great to watch, although the banter and teasing often seemed to have fuelled their more competitive traits.

“Like all sibling teasing there were body language signs of potential flashpoints though when the joking touched nerves, and as Harry got older and became a bit of a military hero, the way William still spoke to him as though he were a teenager possibly prompted some of Harry’s recent moves to prove himself as an independent family man with a global power base of his own.”

As well as being playmates and sparring partners, Judi claimed there was a paternal element between the two brothers growing up.

She said: “The second set of bonds were primarily parent/son.

“William’s body language always looked protective of Harry before Diana died and after her death, there were several signs that this more responsible brother grew in maturity and stepped up to become a father figure to his own brother.”

According to Judi, Harry may have channelled some of the underlying angst he may have had for his father Charles and directed it at his older brother instead.

She added: “It’s probable that Harry’s recent rebellions should traditionally have been aimed at his father Charles.

“The more usual scenario would have been generational, with rumbles of disapproval from a critical royal parent about the marital choice of a divorced US actress.

“Harry’s rebellious nature might even have been seeking fuel from some source of challenge, but if Charles took a more relaxed stance it appears Harry felt it came from his brother rather than his dad.

“This critical/parental meets rebellious/child combination would normally be complimentary but also damaging as one can push the other further away.”

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