Meghan Markle and Prince Harry perform ‘parent and child-like’ ritual as Duke is ‘reluctant’ to let go of his wife’s hand, who offers a ‘maternal touch’, claims body language expert.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry performed ‘parent and child-like’ rituals, with the Duke of Sussex ‘reluctant’ to let go of his wife’s hand during the third day of their tour of Nigeria, a body language expert has claimed.

 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The Duke, 39, and Duchess, 42, walked hand-in-hand as they arrived at the State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s house where they were guests of honour today.

They appeared uneasy at the idea of parting from one another, with Judi James telling FEMAIL: ‘There’s something almost parent/childlike about this body language as Harry and Meghan perform small dance-like rituals to avoid letting go of each other’s hands, even for a second.’

She added: ‘They seem to want to cling together for affection and to have a tactile link to create tie-signs i.e. small steering touches or moments of reassurance while they are out appearing in public.

‘Their hands are clasped as they arrive and Harry seems to tap the clasp against his thigh as though wanting to reassure himself.

When the moment comes for Harry to walk ahead of Meghan and for them to have to break the clasp it is Harry looking so reluctant that Meghan clasps his wrist with her free hand to pull the clasp open and even then, once Harry moves ahead, he has to quickly re-grab Meghan by his left hand, as though desperately needing that level of touch.

‘We can see him rubbing her thumb with his in a ‘secret’ tie-sign of affection and their fingers are meshed to intensify the signal of bonding.’

Judi continued: ‘Once they have each signed the book it’s Meghan again in charge of steerage and what looks like control, holding Harry by the wrist this time in a rather maternal style of touch ritual.’

Today, Meghan kept her vow to ditch her neutral style for bright colours and honour her Nigerian roots as she glowed in a stunning yellow dress in Lagos.

In her second wardrobe change of the day, Meghan dazzled in the ankle-length canary yellow dress, first seen in 2020, which she matched with a classic pair of nude slingback leather sandals.

She donned the £3,198 Carolina Herrera yellow dress in photographs shared on the couple’s social media to mark the birthday of their oldest son Archie. She also wore the frock in 2021 when she announced her pregnancy with Princess Lilibet.

The smiling Meghan was greeted by Mr Sanwo-Olu with a kiss on the cheek.

Prince Harry appeared to be wearing the same outfit as when the couple arrived this morning.

Meghan has been wearing vibrant colours on the ‘quasi-royal’ tour in order to ‘fit in’ with Nigeria’s ‘incredible fashion’.

Yesterday, she wore a red ruffled hem midi dress by Nigerian designer Oríré while speaking at a Women in Leadership event in Abuja.

She said at the event: ‘It has been a whirlwind 24 hours since we arrived, and I very quickly got the memo that I need to wear more colour, so I can fit in with all of you and your incredible fashion!’

Meghan’s wardrobe for her three-day visit to Nigeria has appeared to be filled with sentimental choices – and she continued that theme with today’s outfit.

Harry and Meghan touched down in the Nigerian city earlier on Sunday after spending two days in Abuja where the couple were mobbed at a sitting volleyball match.

Dressed in a white Carolina Herrera shirt, Meghan wore a traditional dark and light blue Nigerian skirt that had been gifted to her on Saturday during an official lunch.

Harry sported sunglasses, a beige jacket, and a white shirt, as they shook the hands of military dignitaries who stood along the runway.

The couple, visiting Nigeria together for the first time, stood on a red carpet and applauded and gasped as they were greeted with a traditional dance.

In scenes reminiscent of a presidential visit, their fourteen car convoy – complete with machine guns mounted on trucks – swept from the airport to a basketball court where they met children from a local school.

On the court Harry shot a few hoops with excited kids who were part of a sporting project called Giants of Africa.

‘What you guys are doing here at Giants of Africa is truly amazing,’ Harry said.

‘The power of sport can change lives. It brings people together and creates community and there are no barriers, which is the most important thing.’

Archewell Foundation and Giants of Africa will construct a basketball court in the capital Abuja.

After that the couple went to the Delborough Hotel for a wardrobe change before heading to the reception with Governor Babjide Sanwa-Olu.

Their visit will end on Sunday with a fundraising polo match for Nigeria Unconquered and a gala dinner before they head back to London on Monday and then onto California.