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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle showcased their « authenticity » during their recent trip to Nigeria, according to a body language expert.

The couple were spotted hand-in-hand, beaming as they attended a volleyball match at Nigeria Unconquered, a charity supporting wounded, injured or sick servicemembers, in Abuja.

This visit was part of their celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games, which also brought the Duke back to the UK earlier this week.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex looked radiant upon arrival, with Meghan stunning in a monochrome printed dress and Harry looking sharp in smart trousers and an Invictus Games polo shirt.

Body language specialist Judi James suggested that the couple’s unified display reflected genuine emotions and inspired similar feelings in others.

She told The Mirror: « The couple’s body language displays do hit exactly the right note here as they drop some of the performance signals of royals on tour and opt instead for some rituals that convey authentic and contagious enthusiasm and excitement. »

Meghan’s smile is so intense it creates a dimpling on her upper cheeks and eye-wrinkling. She uses face gazing and leading techniques on the rather shy-looking children she meets and crouches to their height to make communication more effective.

Judi then explained how Harry’s enthusiasm showed signs of him wanting to join in the action.

She continued: « Harry is a welter of enthusiasm, walking with a wide stride and watching the sports with all the active rituals of someone enjoying a cup final. He looks as though he would like to be out there joining in. »

James also noted how while Meghan and Harry put on a loving display for bystanders, they made an effort to keep a steady level of affection to not overshadow the event.

She added: « The couple have also tempered their loving and bonding rituals to perhaps not upstage the event.

« Their hand clasp registers their togetherness but the fingers aren’t meshed making it more of a relaxed gesture that can easily be broken when they want to mingle. »

The Sussexes were invited to Nigeria by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, who met Harry last September at the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf, Germany. Their invite came after Meghan found out about her Nigerian heritage.

The Duke of Sussex delivered a poignant address on mental health during a school visit last Friday, highlighting the global stigma surrounding the issue.

He told the students: « In some places around the world, more than you would believe, there is a stigma against mental health. Too many people don’t want to talk about it because it’s invisible, it’s in your mind and we can’t see it. »

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