Harry made ‘hand flick’ gesture at William during tense funeral moment

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Prince Harry made a “hand flicking” gesture towards Prince William during a tense moment at the queen’s funeral, a body language expert has said, claiming there was “no sign” of communication between the two brothers. Body language expert Judi James said the two brothers did not seem to “exchange acknowledgements” at the funeral, aside from one instance where Harry and Meghan were entering the pews at Westminster Abbey.

She explained: “During the second service in Windsor there was a moment when William and his family had to hold back to allow Harry and Meghan to get into the pews first.

“Despite the proximity, there seemed to be no sign on camera of any glances or exchanged acknowledgements, apart from a hand-flicking gesture from Harry.”

She claimed that Harry appeared to be “physically excluded” from the rest of the Royals but said they may be starting to repair their reported rift.

Ms James said: “Harry looks physically excluded or sidelined in this grouping with some royals gathering around Charles while the others stand with the Earl of Snowdon, almost with their backs turned to Harry.

“The one moment we have not seen during this visit, despite Charles’s warm words during his speech, is any form of physical meeting between Harry and his father Charles.

“All the attention has been on Harry and William but they have performed a couple of forced-looking chatting rituals in the past, and in the Oprah interview it seemed to be his father that received all the really negative body language responses from Harry, rather than William.”

She added: “William does seem to have hung back slightly here, which could hopefully be prompted by empathy and the brothers might just be looking in each others’ direction and even speaking, even if their body language is not mirrored as usual.

“Hopefully these images outside do signal a breakthrough in terms of the sibling relationship and once the funeral is over and there is no risk of dragging sibling soap operas into the spotlight there might be one last sign of some sort of a reunion.”

This came after Prince Harry and Prince William put on a show of unity as they honoured their late grandmother Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her funeral.

The Duke of Sussex and the Prince of Wales looked sombre as they walked together behind the coffin, which was taken from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey ahead of the funeral.

The brothers, whose relationship has been reportedly strained over the past few years, have made a number of public appearances together since the passing of the Queen.

On September 10, the two princes stepped out in Windsor accompanied by their wives to view tributes left by mourners and meet well-wishers.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry were spotted shaking hands and speaking with several members of the public.

A few days later, the brothers attended a poignant ceremony at Westminster Hall, after the Queen’s coffin had been transported there from Buckingham Palace.

On Saturday, William and Harry joined forces once again as they took part in a vigil in Westminster, while thousands of mourners were lining up to pay their respect.

In his first address as monarch, King Charles III expressed his love for Prince Harry and Meghan, which was seen as an olive branch for the couple.

Speaking in a solemn televised speech, he said: “I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.”

The Queen’s funeral, conducted by the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle Dean of Westminster, began at 11am yesterday.

The sermon was delivered by the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.

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