King Charles 'showed regret' while offering olive branch to Harry and Meghan

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King Charles showed signs of ‘regret’ as he acknowledged the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during his first address to the nation, according to an expert.

The new monarch said he wished to ‘express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their life overseas’.

Author and body language expert Judi James said the remark ‘prompted a pause as he looked down in an eye cut-off of what looked like regret and even emerged with what sounded like a small sigh.’

She said of the new King’s address: ‘This was a very different Charles from the usual stoic and emotionally-isolated man we are normally allowed to see.

‘Openly emotional, King Charles spoke of his love of his “darling wife”, his “Darling Mama” and, dramatically, Harry and Meghan.

‘This last reference prompted a pause from Charles as he looked down in an eye cut-off of what looked like regret and even emerged with what sounded like a small sigh.

‘His body appeared slightly hunched in grief and his features were reddened and softened. His eye expression was one of total sadness and as he addressed his mother directly at the end of his speech they appeared to dampen.

‘Charles didn’t only speak as a loving son, he also spoke as the new King and it was here we saw some micro-gestures to suggest a desire to power up and depict a sense of duty and resolve.

‘He flexed and squared his shoulders slightly and there was a slight pushing out of the chin, although he deflated again quickly when he went back to speak about love and loss.’

Harry and Meghan plunged the royal family into one of the most challenging periods in modern history during the twilight years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.

The Megxit saga, the rift between Harry and his brother, the new Prince of Wales, allegations of racism against an unnamed royal and accusations that the institution failed to help a suicidal Meghan left the Windsors in turmoil.

While the Sussexes appeared to have invested their time since in developing their bond with the Queen, their relationship with Charles and William has been greatly troubled.

Harry could seize the chance to reunite with his family amid their shared grief and heartache for the loss of Elizabeth II.

As the new head of the Windsors, Charles could, if he sees fit, offer to welcome the duke and duchess back as part-time working royals – although this could conflict with their Netflix and Spotify commercial deals and new life away from the monarchy.

The aftermath of the Queen’s death could be a time to build bridges, but it remains to be seen whether those have long since been burned.

One of the mourners who made the pilgrimage up to Balmoral to pay their respects said the King’s mention of the Sussexes was ‘a nice touch’ and could be seen as him ‘reaching out’ to the couple.

Helen Hasnip, 51, watched Charles’ speech on a mobile phone.

The mental health nurse, from Newcastle but living in nearby Aboyne, said: ‘It was very good, it was very heartfelt. He looked devastated.

‘It was personal. He did refer a lot to her (the Queen’s) service and dedication and what she meant to the world rather than just Great Britain, which was nice.

‘He spoke about his love for William and Catherine and the kids and made a mention of Harry and Meghan as well which was a nice touch, given what’s gone on.

‘I think that’s him reaching out to them.’

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