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Judi James says ‘passionate’ Duchess finishes her husband’s sentences

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Meghan Markle is the very eloquent ‘driver’ of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, while Prince Harry is ‘learning on the job’, a body language expert has revealed. 

Judi James told MailOnline the couple’s new ITV documentary Meghan and Harry: An African Journey shows Meghan finishing her husband’s sentences because she is ‘more experienced at being direct’.  

Meghan and Harry made the documentary during their 10-day tour of southern Africa with presenter and long-time friend of the Duke’s Tom Bradby discussing their relationship with the press and its effects on their mental health.    

Meghan Markle: ‘The very eloquent driver’ 

The video shows Meghan answering ITV’s Tom Bradby’s questions directly while Harry occasionally defers to his wife who ‘gets to the answers first.’

‘It’s clear from the dynamic between Harry and Meghan as a campaigning power couple on the world stage that Meghan is the very eloquent ‘driver’ who seems to get the answer first while Harry is almost still learning on the job,’ Judi explains. 

She tells MailOnline: ‘It’s clear from the dynamic between Harry and Meghan as a campaigning power couple on the world stage that Meghan is the very eloquent ‘driver’ who seems to get the thought or the answer first while Harry is almost still learning on the job.’

Meghan’s habit of finishing her husband’s sentences shows they ‘think as one’, but the former actress has more experience of speaking frankly, the body language analyst added. 

Judi says: ‘There is no single body language sign from Harry that this doesn’t work for him or that they don’t read one another’s thoughts. 

‘It’s probably just that Meghan has the experience to be rather more eloquent and direct.’ 

The very eloquent driver: The video shows Meghan answering ITV's Tom Bradby's questions directly while Harry occasionally defers to his wife who 'gets to the answers first.'

The very eloquent driver: The video shows Meghan answering ITV's Tom Bradby's questions directly while Harry occasionally defers to his wife who 'gets to the answers first.'

The very eloquent driver: The video shows Meghan answering ITV’s Tom Bradby’s questions directly while Harry occasionally defers to his wife who ‘gets to the answers first.’ 

She continued: ‘Their like-minded, empathetic approach to their goals is also obvious but Harry’s life as a royal means he’s newer to all the high-energy passion and determination (plus open, honest emotion) that Meghan can bring to the job. 

‘He’s grown up immersed in royal protocol and caution while Meghan – quite rightly – just wants to get on with the job and get things moving.’  

The body language expert also pointed to Meghan’s habit of finishing Prince Harry’s sentences as evidence of how in the sync and comfortable the pair are.    

She said: ‘Her trait of ending his sentences shows they think as one on these issues as there is no single body language sign from Harry that this doesn’t work for him or that they don’t read one another’s thoughts.’

She added: ‘It’s quite unusual in a couple that haven’t been married for many years and shows they will be excellent communicators with one another behind the scenes too. 

‘It was clear during this documentary that Harry’s emotions were building up from the moment he set off on his solo tour to Botswana and became the grieving son walking in the footsteps of his mother Diana.’

More direct: Meghan finishes her husband's sentences as she has 'more experiences of being eloquent and direct', Judi James says

More direct: Meghan finishes her husband's sentences as she has 'more experiences of being eloquent and direct', Judi James says

More direct: Meghan finishes her husband’s sentences as she has ‘more experiences of being eloquent and direct’, Judi James says  

Meghan puts her hands in her pockets to ‘comfort herself’ and ‘try to hide’   

In the last part of the documentary Meghan reveals her inner emotions as she discusses the toll being in the spotlight has taken on her mental health and her marriage. 

Displaying ‘complex’ body language, she puts her hands in her pockets, which could be a ‘self-comfort ritual’ or a ‘subliminal desire to hide’, Judi says. 

She added: ‘Both Harry and Meghan are seen rocking gently from foot to foot as they show their emotions on camera. 

Meghan's 'self-comfort' hands in pockets ritual: Displaying 'complex' body language at the end of the documentary, Meghan puts her hands in her pockets, which could be a 'self-comfort ritual' or a 'subliminal desire to hide', explains Judi James

Meghan's 'self-comfort' hands in pockets ritual: Displaying 'complex' body language at the end of the documentary, Meghan puts her hands in her pockets, which could be a 'self-comfort ritual' or a 'subliminal desire to hide', explains Judi James

Meghan’s ‘self-comfort’ hands in pockets ritual: Displaying ‘complex’ body language at the end of the documentary, Meghan puts her hands in her pockets, which could be a ‘self-comfort ritual’ or a ‘subliminal desire to hide’, explains Judi James 

‘This can be a self-comfort ritual, as can the gesture of pushing your hands into your pockets, as it can sometimes signal a subliminal desire to hide.’

The body language expert said hiding her hands could also be Meghan’s way of showing honest emotion.

She added: ‘Meghan could be evaluating two impulses: the desire to show honest emotion to the cameras and the desire to hide away from the press. 

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‘When the interview begins she adopts what is often called the ‘pole position pose’, touching her hands lightly in front of her torso, but when the questions become emotional there is a suggestion of some self-comfort fiddling before she puts her hands away into her pockets.’ 

Showing honesty with her hands in her pockets: Body language expert Judi James said hiding her hands could also be Meghan's way of showing honest emotion

Showing honesty with her hands in her pockets: Body language expert Judi James said hiding her hands could also be Meghan's way of showing honest emotion

Showing honesty with her hands in her pockets: Body language expert Judi James said hiding her hands could also be Meghan’s way of showing honest emotion

A third reason Meghan hid her hands in the final exchange with Tom Bradby is her desire to select her words carefully, Judi suggested. 

She said: ‘When we speak more spontaneously our hand gestures come before our words but Meghan seems to stop herself using hand gestures at a couple of points, shoving them back into her pockets in what might signal a desire to be careful to use tact or say the right thing.’ 

Not using hand gestures indicates a careful choice of words: Judi James says Meghan’s decision to keep her hands in her pockets illustrates her desire to be measured in her responses, not using hand gestures, which implies a lack of spontaneity  

‘Emotional’ Prince Harry’s emotions ‘bubble up inside him’ 

During the ITV documentary, Judi also revealed that Harry’s emotions were clearly bubbling up inside him. 

She said: ‘It was clear during this documentary that Harry’s emotions were building up from the moment he set off on his solo tour to Botswana and became the grieving son walking in the footsteps of his mother Diana.

‘Previously we had seen him as the doting dad in a tight unit of three with Meghan and Archie, cuddling his son and using comfort and love touches, smiles and rituals that suggested strong mutual support and empathy between himself and Meghan.

Emotional Harry: Judi revealed that Harry's emotions were clearly bubbling up inside him as he spoke to Tom Bradby for the programme. She said: 'It was clear during this documentary that Harry's emotions were building up from the moment he set off on his solo tour to Botswana.'

Emotional Harry: Judi revealed that Harry's emotions were clearly bubbling up inside him as he spoke to Tom Bradby for the programme. She said: 'It was clear during this documentary that Harry's emotions were building up from the moment he set off on his solo tour to Botswana.'

Emotional Harry: Judi revealed that Harry’s emotions were clearly bubbling up inside him as he spoke to Tom Bradby for the programme. She said: ‘It was clear during this documentary that Harry’s emotions were building up from the moment he set off on his solo tour to Botswana.’

‘There were several gestures to suggest his determination to focus on his objectives though, in terms of his causes. 

‘When he began to speak about his aims his back straightens and he begins to use precision gestures, like the invisible brick hand gesture to suggest logical and active thinking about getting results, plus a light finger-pinch precision gesture to show focus on the smallest details rather than just vague goals and plans.’ 

Harry fights back tears as he addresses ‘rift’ with brother William 

Judi also alluded to the rumoured rift between the previously inseparable brothers and claims the Duke of Sussex fought back tears when it came up in the interview. 

She said: ‘When Harry was asked about William and their alleged rift he again looks close to tears, presumably knowing some more emotional questions are about to be asked. 

‘His blink rate increases, he seems to swallow visibly and he sucks his lips in with a small biting gesture.’

The body language analyst pointed out Harry’s red eyes as he spoke emotionally of the relationship with his brother.  

Close to tears as talk turns to William: Judi James said of Harry's body language when he mentioned his brother: 'When Harry was asked about William and their alleged rift he again looks close to tears, presumably knowing some more emotional questions are about to be asked.'

Close to tears as talk turns to William: Judi James said of Harry's body language when he mentioned his brother: 'When Harry was asked about William and their alleged rift he again looks close to tears, presumably knowing some more emotional questions are about to be asked.'

Close to tears as talk turns to William: Judi James said of Harry’s body language when he mentioned his brother: ‘When Harry was asked about William and their alleged rift he again looks close to tears, presumably knowing some more emotional questions are about to be asked.’

Judi continued: ‘Meghan’s very emotional display at the end of the documentary was in keeping with the sense of honesty and emotional openness that Harry had previously shown. 

‘Like Harry she performs the kind of smiles that tie in with her mention of the stiff upper lip but there are also some sideways eye-darts to suggest she’s choosing her words rather than recalling memories. 

‘Then when she uses eye contact with Tom we see a rounding of the eye that suggests a switch from the confident Meghan out there working on her campaigns and causes and the vulnerability that is clearly present as well.’

Fighting back tears: The body language analyst pointed out Harry's red eyes as he spoke emotionally of the relationship with his brother

Fighting back tears: The body language analyst pointed out Harry's red eyes as he spoke emotionally of the relationship with his brother

Fighting back tears: The body language analyst pointed out Harry’s red eyes as he spoke emotionally of the relationship with his brother

Emotional Meghan: Judi James says the Duchess's 'very emotional display at the end of the documentary was in keeping with the sense of honesty and emotional openness that Harry had previously shown'

Emotional Meghan: Judi James says the Duchess's 'very emotional display at the end of the documentary was in keeping with the sense of honesty and emotional openness that Harry had previously shown'

Emotional Meghan: Judi James says the Duchess’s ‘very emotional display at the end of the documentary was in keeping with the sense of honesty and emotional openness that Harry had previously shown’ 

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