Body language expert analyzes Prince Harry and Mike Tindall’s Platinum Jubilee service ‘awkward’ moment


  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stood on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral after a national service of thanksgiving.
  • Zara Tindall spoke to the couple while her husband, Mike Tindall, stood nearby in what a body language expert called an “awkward moment”.
  • According to the expert, Mike Tindall’s relationship with Prince William may have created a “dilemma” for him with Prince Harry.
  • Mike Tindall reportedly called Prince Harry a “b*****d” at another Platinum Jubilee event.

Peter Phillips, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall | Kirsty O’Connor – Pool WPA/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have returned to the UK for the Platinum Jubilee weekend. Their second-row seats at a jubilee service ensured they were nowhere near Prince Charles, Prince William or Kate Middleton. On their way out, they chatted with the Duke of Sussex’s cousin, Zara Tindall. Meanwhile, her husband, Mike Tindall, stood aside in what a body language expert described as an “awkwardness”. According to the expert, Tindall’s ‘closeness’ to Harry’s brother appears to have created a ‘dilemma’ with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Prince William and Mike Tindall appear to have a ‘very close emotional bond’

Body language expert Judi James told Express that William and Tindall appear to have “a very close emotional bond”.

“Mike is one of the most outgoing, spontaneous and playful members of the Royal Family, he seems relaxed and chatty even at the most formal of events,” she said. “Her body language with William recently revealed the very close emotional ties between the two men.”

James referenced their “game fight” and “intense cuddling” at horse racing in May 2022, shortly before the start of the Platinum Jubilee weekend. It “goes beyond friendship and into the affection and closeness that resembles brotherly or even fatherly love,” she explained.

Mike Tindall’s ‘closeness’ to Prince William created a ‘dilemma’ as Prince Harry stood nearby

Reviewing footage from the National Thanksgiving Service, James said Tindall’s “awkwardness” with Harry may have offered some insight into the “pain and anger” William may still have over the brothers’ breakup.

“With Mike’s closeness to William in mind, it also seemed to have created a dilemma when Harry walked into Zara’s group as they waited for transport,” she said. “Zara looks happy chatting and even turns completely to talk to Harry here, who looks anxious and eager to get into his own car.”

As for Mike, James pointed out that he didn’t turn his head to join the conversation. He remained “looking around and clumsily holding his service order”.

Eventually, Tindall spoke to another guest. And, according to James, that’s not his “normal style” of behavior.

“He generally looks too easygoing and tough to get involved in politics and his attention may have been diverted to arranging the right cars, but there are no signs of a goodbye from his either,” she said.

Tindall wasn’t the only royal who seemed to be feeling a bit uneasy. James also said Harry was showing signs of anxiety on duty.

Mike Tindall reportedly had a choice word for Prince Harry at Jubilee concert

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The awkwardness of Tindall and Harry’s Jubilee service wasn’t the only contentious moment of the Platinum Jubilee weekend. Express reported that Tindall described Harry’s behavior as that of a ‘b*****d’ after the Platinum Jubilee party at the Palace.

Tindall opened up about the star-studded concert that took place outside Buckingham Palace on his podcast, The good, the bad and rugby. “It was at the concert where there was a little more conversation together because we walked in and had drinks with everyone afterwards,” he said.

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