Prince Harry uses ‘self-importance and confidence rituals’ in the new trailer for his interview with CBS News 60 Minutes host Anderson Cooper, a body language expert has claimed.
The Duke of Sussex’s chat with the American chain will air only two days before his explosive autobiography Spare is released; The book is expected to provide details about the disagreements between Harry, 38, and his brother, the Prince of Wales, 40.
While today’s trailer doesn’t provide audio of Harry speaking, body language expert Judi James suggested that the royal seemed confident and persuasive.
She told FEMAIL: ‘Sit [Harry] shows signs of high levels of confidence, using gestures too congruent to suggest a strong desire or need to imply that his words are deeply important and meaningful. This seems like a ritual of self-sufficiency, confidence, and power.
Harry discussed his upcoming memoir, Spare, during a conversation with Anderson Cooper on CBS News’ 60 Minutes.
Judi added: “Harry is first shown in traditional royal mode, walking through a garden talking to his host in a manner previously used by the late Queen and his own father and brother.
‘He prompts and directs the gesticulation with one hand, taking charge here while his host listens.’
She continued: ‘Lastly, we see Harry using gestures of opening, explanation and persuasion. He seems to have slipped into a more vulnerable mode towards the end of the trailer, with a more open look of disbelief at something that happened.
His hands are alternately held palms up and he ends with a wry smile and a small shrug that sounds like disbelief. The fact that her words are not audible adds to the drama.
Harry with Cooper in a trailer that the American chain broadcast this morning
Cooper, 55, who is also a star on CNN, has campaigned for better mental health and hosts a podcast called All There Is. He has talked about losing his brother Carter to suicide.
The 23-year-old died when he fell from the family’s 14th-floor Manhattan apartment in 1988. Cooper also has war experience, having reported from Afghanistan, where Harry completed two tours of duty.
A television source said: ‘Mr Cooper has earned Harry’s trust. This would be a blow to Cooper and fits well with Harry’s campaign to promote mental health.
‘It’s a prime-time Sunday show featuring foreign leaders and presidents. It is the one that all politicians and decision makers look at.’
Recently, 60 Minutes featured exclusive interviews with US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron.
In 2020, Cooper interviewed Afua Hirsch, the British author and former Guardian journalist who appears on the Sussexes’ Netflix show, and who delivered a damning verdict on the Commonwealth as “Empire 2.0.”
In the conversation with Cooper after Harry and Meghan announced they were stepping down from their royal duties, Hirsch described the royal family as “Ground Zero for Britain’s troubled history of colonialism and race.”
She added that she was “always concerned for Meghan Markle’s well-being” when she joined the royal family. Seeming sympathetic to the couple’s plight, Cooper told Hirsch: “The notion of being harassed by the press is going to have such strange and strange resonances for Prince Harry given what happened to his mother.”
Cooper also joked about receiving a greeting from Prince Harry during his wedding to Meghan in May 2018. He told viewers: “I was at the royal wedding, covering it for CNN.”
Our correspondent Max Foster said: “You should say hello to Harry because Harry is going to look up at the bright lights and I bet he’ll say hello to you.” The carriage turns. I start to say hello. Harry looks up at the tower, we make eye contact and he waves. Almost dead.’
Harry is not heard speaking in the interview trailer, which is said to be “revealing”.
Harry is also understood to have already recorded a television interview about his biography with ITV News on Ten’s Tom Bradby, according to The Sun.
Bradby, a former royal correspondent for ITV, is a friend of the Sussexes and previously interviewed them for a documentary about their tour of Africa in 2019.
Harry’s upcoming autobiography is said to be so cutting on his brother William that the couple may not be able to reconcile their differences after its release on January 10.
The highly anticipated Prince Harry memoir will be titled ‘Spare’ and will be released on January 10, publisher Penguin Random House has confirmed.
Spare will reportedly see King Charles III escape harsh criticism.
But it’s so difficult for the Prince of Wales that experts fear the sibling relationship, which has strained considerably since Harry and Meghan Markle announced they were stepping down from their royal duties, will not recover.
A source told the Sunday Times: “Overall I think the book [will be] worse for them than the Royal Family expects.
Everything is exposed. Charles comes off better than he expected, but he’s tough on William in particular, and even Kate takes a bit of a volley.
There are these minute details and a description of the fight between the brothers. I personally can’t see how Harry and William will be able to reconcile after this.
Harry’s tell-all story was written with JR Moehringer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who previously penned the biography of American tennis star Andre Agassi.
Spare is expected to elaborate on the disagreements between Harry, 38, and his brother, the Prince of Wales, 40.
The Duke of Sussex will personally narrate the audiobook version of the memoir and donate part of the proceeds from the work to charity.
The book will be published just weeks after he and his wife Meghan published his Netflix series detailing their relationship and separation from the royal familywhile reports have surfaced that Meghan is also planning to release her own explosive memoir.
According to a source, the Duchess of Sussex “is contemplating being completely candid about her time in the royal spotlight…and leaving no stone unturned.”
In 2021, the couple reportedly signed a four-book deal with publisher Penguin Random House.
Prince Harry is said to have received a $20 million advance for Spare.
Meghan has already launched her children’s book The Bench with the same publisher, and the couple are rumored to be working on a ‘wellness’ book.
The mysterious fourth book is now believed to be Meghan’s autobiography.
A bestselling memoir would place Meghan in a well-worn American political tradition, amid much speculation that she may have ambitions for elected office, given her outspoken views on women’s rights and other issues.
A Hollywood agent told The Mail on Sunday: “I’d be surprised if Meghan didn’t publish her own story, to be honest.” Spare is clearly Prince Harry’s chance to tell his own, but hers is just as compelling. I mean, how many actresses end up marrying a prince?
The source added: “If she harbors political ambitions, it would make even more sense,” noting that Presidents Clinton, Obama and Trump wrote books outlining their beliefs before making their bids for the White House.