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Body Language Experts Analyze Prince Harry's First Interview After the Royal Baby's Birth

The new dad's "happy feet" are very telling.

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  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed a baby boy on May 6.
  • Harry revealed that "mother and baby are doing incredibly well" in his first interview as a dad.
  • While there are still many unknowns about the new royal, Harry confirmed that the couple is "over the moon."

    After what felt like the longest nine months in history, the royal baby is officially here — and no one's more excited than doting dad, Prince Harry. Although the couple announced that they'll keep the birth private, Harry followed tradition with a brief interview for the press about his new son's arrival. And boy (pun intended), it was the sweetest thing we've ever seen.

    Even body language experts say that his reaction is genuine and heartfelt. "Most of his movements — shrugging shoulders, grinning smile, and rocking motions — are 'up movements,' which is his way to express his feelings of joy and exuberance," says Patti Wood, body language expert and author of SNAP: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma, to Good Housekeeping. Sounds about right.

    Throughout the entire interview (a whopping 1 minute and 30 seconds), he is rocking back and forth on the balls of his feet. "I call it 'happy feet' because he lifts his feet up and balances on his toes," Susan Constantine, human behavioral expert and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Reading Body Language, tells Good Housekeeping. "It always happens in profound moments like when he's revealing the baby's gender or talking about Meghan."

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    At the same time, he shrugs his shoulder, which typically experts view as a sign of uncertainty or discontent. This time, however, it's a state of disbelief."The rocking through the balls of his feet, shoulder shrug, and big grin happen in a cluster, which is how his excitement leaks out through his body," Susan explains to Good Housekeeping. While he may be thrilled to share the news, Harry is doing it on his own terms: "He holds his body language close to himself (think: collapsed shoulders and clasped hands), which is his way of staying very contained and respectful."

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    When it comes to body language, hands always tell a big part of the story. For Harry, it's just another way for him to express just how happy (and well, nervous) he is. "He rubs his hands together with that excitement because he has extra energy," Patti tells Good Housekeeping. "People do that when they're talking about something delicious and wondrous." Like a cute baby, perhaps?

    Amid the nervous/excited/radiating energy, Patti points out a moment where you can sense how overwhelmed he is about the whole situation. Around the 1:03 mark when the reporter is asking about the birth itself, "he bites his lip and sticks out his tongue because there was a part of the birth that was scary to him." Even earlier when discussing how what Meghan went through is "beyond comprehension," he pinched his eyebrows. "This indicates that he's thinking very intently to get his point across," Susan explains. "He's clearly blown away by what his wife went through."

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    He has a similar reaction when he mentions that the couple is still deciding on a name for the new royal. "He moves his head from side to side and takes deep pauses so apparently there's something underlying about having to come up with a name," Susan tells Good Housekeeping. "He's intentional about not going into detail, which shows some unsettledness but not necessarily distress." Ya think they're still choosing between Arthur and Alexander? We're placing bets on these classic names after Buckingham Palace's royal mishap last week.


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