The hidden message behind Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's 2023 Christmas card without Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet has been revealed by a body language expert - and we think it might inspire you.
When it comes to parenting, most families will be able to relate to putting their children first. Still, after Anna Williamson revealed the 'biggest mistake couples go through when they've had a baby', it looks like the Sussexes are set on strengthening their status as a couple - and not just as mum and dad to Prince Archie, four, and Princess Lilibet, two.
After welcoming a child into the family, all couples face the pressure of becoming a parent. It's helpful if you start by asking yourself what matrescence is - from there you will be able to identify the changes that lie ahead in early motherhood and, when it all becomes too much, we help you to explain the mental load to your partner too.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are no different when it comes to going through the motions, and it looks like they are keen to re-establish themselves in the world of work without the need to portray their family side.
Speaking on behalf of Betfair Casino, body language expert Darren Stanton has shared his thoughts on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Christmas card - and how it compares to the festive card from the Wales camp, which has a bizarre detail that you might have missed.
Speaking about Prince William and Kate Middleton's black and white card, shared on the Prince and Princess of Wales's Instagram, Darren notes, "Prince William and Kate are showing genuine smiles and enjoying a family moment while dressed casually in the photo they’ve selected for their Christmas card. As they hold hands with the children they are not pushing any agenda, merely showing themselves in a very natural setting as they match and mirror each other in their posture. They seem to be genuinely enjoying each other’s company and are keen to share this familial joy through their Christmas message. By holding hands it could also be said they are putting on a united front to show the strength they feel as a family."
Darren is a highly experienced body language expert who has worked as a police officer, investigating and dealing with liars, cheats and criminals as he interrogated them to uncover the truth and seek justice. His skills in reading body language has put him in good stead and he went on to assess the politicians' body language during a TV Live debate for the 2010 General Election. Since then, he has become a regular on TV and radio, giving his expert analysis on body language including that of royals Prince William, Kate Middleton plus Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have stepped away from a traditional festive 'family' photo that they've sent in previous years, as Archie and Lilibet are missing for the first time. You might remember the cute painting of Harry, Meghan, Archie and the dogs outside the playhouse in 2021, or the first snap of them as a family of four released in 2022. And who can forget the adorable 2019 black-and-white photo of Harry and Meghan with Archie crawling towards the camera?
Darren has given his thoughts on what hidden message they appear to be sending out.
He explained, "Harry and Megan, however, have chosen to go in quite a different direction with their choice. They went along with a different theme which communicates their brand as a couple as opposed to a family snap. It is moreso a look at their professional lives rather than seeing them in a domestic setting alongside their two children, as they appear smartly dressed at an event."
Beautiful business card by Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess, and their organizations. Love it.#PrinceHarryandMeghan#HarryandMeghan pic.twitter.com/EDN7PZuQm9December 16, 2023
He continues, "They have decided to be quite corporate in the Christmas cards they have sent out as it has more of a sense of formality about it over being personal. Despite this, they both look happy and in sync with each other as they smile and while it is a more formal photo than they’ve used in years gone by, it does look like a natural moment where they have been caught looking organically happy in each other’s company. There is no right or wrong choice of course, it just depends on what message each person wants to convey."
Of course, it's worth remembering that parents shouldn't be made to feel 'mum guilt' for wanting to focus on themselves from time to time and Prince Harry and Meghan could well be setting the precedence that working parents can be successful with or without their children in tow.
In other royal news, Princess Diana returned most of Prince William and Harry’s childhood Christmas presents for this frugal reason and 'Meg says 'No, Archie, no — do not spray Gan-Gan! I grabbed a dustpan and swept up the pieces, all the while thinking: This is weird' Prince Harry recalls bizarre royal Christmas mishap
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Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)
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