A picture is worth a thousand words and this particular picture is generating far more commentary than that. Prince Harry and Melania met for the first time in Toronto over the weekend for the Invictus games and now this photograph is rocketing around social media. Huffington Post:
His unusual gesture ― and whether or not it was intentional ― became a hot topic over the weekend, even eclipsing Harry’s first official appearance with his American girlfriend Meghan Markle. People on Twitter and some media outlets noted it looks like Harry was giving a symbol of the devil, either signaling that he himself is the devil or that the spirit of the devil surrounded him.
Joe Navarro, body language expert and author of What Every Body is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People, is skeptical of reading any intention in Harry’s body language. He pointed out to HuffPost that a photo is a moment in time, and a number of factors could have led to this particular positioning.
“There was some psychological discomfort,” Navarro said. “The look of his face, the look of his hand is very unusual, except for the fact that he and his brother have a tendency to cover their belly which is a self-soothing behavior to deal with a bit of tension.”
Of course it goes without saying that there were other interpretations:
So is the prince unconsciously attempting to give himself comfort in a nervous situation or is he trying to ward off evil spirits? Only the shadow knows.