Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Showed 'Complete Authenticity' in Vancouver, According to Body Language Expert

"The pair were very much in high spirits"

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This week, Prince Harry, 39, and his wife, Meghan Markle, 42, celebrated Valentine's Day by attending the Invictus Games Vancouver Whistler 2025's One Year to Go event. The pair were all smiles as they engaged with athletes at the Winter Training Camp, and according to body language expert Darren Stanton, they're "very much unified" and "authentic."

Stanton closely observed the royal couple's gestures and expressions during their recent outing and, speaking on behalf of Betfair Bingo, he revealed that Markle is "fully invested" in supporting her husband. He said, "For a very long time, the spotlight appeared to be on Meghan, where she was always front and center at engagements. It seems as though the roles have reversed now, as she is very much into supporting Harry. She’s no longer interested in being photographed for the sake of it. Nowadays, she’s fully invested in supporting Harry and focusing on good causes."

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Stanton continued, "This was definitely reflected in their body language yesterday. I think one of the most powerful scenes was when Harry was shaking hands with people and Meghan was behind him. Usually, she would be front and center, but as she knows the Invictus Games is his pride and joy, she’s letting him take the lead. That’s one of the most significant, visible signs that she’s only interested in supporting Harry. She wants to take a step back and let Harry take the lead, which is something we call an observant gesture."

Sure enough, all eyes were on Prince Harry as he chatted with members of the international Invictus Community and took on the slopes for himself. On Instagram, royal reporter Stephanie Petit shared footage of the duke on a set of skis and wrote, "Here comes Prince Harry! The Duke of Sussex took a run in an adaptive ski on the first day of the Invictus Games Vancouver Whistler’s 2025 One Year to Go celebrations."

In addition, Stanton noted that the royal couple's interactions with each other came across as "very natural." He said, "During yesterday’s appearance, the pair were very much in high spirits. There were also no signs of tension or nervousness between them, they were very much unified and very much together."

He continued, "Sometimes people go from being on-duty to off-duty in their role and how they’re perceived with the public. However, the pair appeared completely authentic throughout and a lot more of a tighter couple than before."

The joint appearance comes just three days after the Sussexes launched their new official website, which features a brand-new URL. According to Stanton, this signifies a shift in their dynamic. He explained, "We’re going to see this power couple, who are working together and more unified. It’s like there has been a closing of one chapter and an opening of another. They’ve definitely overcome past turbulences and turned over a new leaf. It’s clear that they’re putting themselves and the projects they care about first."

Yep, something tells us that the Sussexes have plenty more in store for 2024.

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