Harry ‘never’ should have said word in interview, body language guru claims

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    A body language expert has claimed Prince Harry should have avoided saying one word in his recent interview with Anderson Cooper as it showed his "internal conflict".

    Human behaviour consultant Greg Hartley was analysing the Duke of Sussex's interview with the US broadcaster when he spotted the so-called mistake.

    In the 60 Minutes interview, which aired on CBS on January 8, Prince Harry was asked about whether he would return to the Royal Family.

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    "The ball is very much in their court but Meghan and I have continued to say that we will openly apologise for anything that we did wrong," he claimed.

    "But every time we ask that question no one is telling us the specifics of what we did wrong. There needs to be a constructive conversation, one that can happen in private, that doesn't get leaked."

    But Greg claimed the use of the word "specifics" was a mistake by Harry and was just one example of the "cognitive dissonance", or "internal conflict", that the prince was feeling.

    "He uses a word that I don't think he should ever use and that is 'specifics'," he said.

    "In the famous words of Mandy Patinkin, I don't think that word means what you think it means. I don't think he has ever used a specific in anything. So there's more [cognitive] dissonance."

    Cognitive dissonance refers to the "mental conflict" that occurs when your beliefs don't line up with your actions.

    Criticism has often been levelled at the Sussexes for failing to provide more detail of some of the big claims they've made since moving to the US.

    Suggestions that a Royal Family member made a racist comment about the colour of Archie's skin was hit with backlash after the couple failed to name the person.

    Harry has since backtracked on the comment, claiming he had never said his family were racist.

    Greg also claimed there were other moments of "dissonance" throughout the interview.

    "Then he talks about them [the Royal Family] leaking information," he continued. "How much more dissonant can you be than saying 'my family said something bad about me' then writing a damn book and doing a tour about it?"

    The expert added that Harry took too long answering the question about whether he'd ever be back in the Royal Family because he had "little control over that".

    And he claimed the Duke's blinking increased meaning something "is going on internally" as he thought about it.

    Cooper asked Prince Harry if he had spoken to his brother Prince William or if he texts him at all.

    He replied: "Uh, currently, no. But I look forward to — I look forward to us being able to find peace."

    When asked the same question about his father, King Charles III, he replied: "We aren't — we haven't spoken for quite a while"

    In response, Greg said that Harry "conditions the question" by "going into a long vowel" which apparently means that he was "going into his internal voice meaning".

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    Hartley went on to explain: "That long vowel is stretching, his eyes look down into his left – we typically associate that with internal conversation and he navigates that response and conditions the question.

    "He said 'you mean currently?' No, I mean yesterday. Come on, don't be dumb.

    "Then he rambles and shows disdain for the situation and when I say contempt or distant, you see his mouth drawback when he's talking about his brother and his father.

    "I think he does have some baggage associated with that."


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