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Prince Harry struggled to answer a seemingly straightforward question most people are asked fairly regularly during his new Netflix documentary series Heart of Invictus.

The series, which was executively produced by the Duke, follows the lives of competitors and organisers, as well as Harry himself, during the Invictus Games 2020 in The Hague, Netherlands.

However Harry does not do well with small talk, according to body language expert Judi James, as at points he looks to wife Meghan Markle for reassurance.

She explained to Express.co.uk how the programme showcases the “many versions” of Harry, although he still seems uncomfortable in the spotlight despite his royal background.

While he appears relaxed “trading banter” with his friends, including JJ Chalmers, he is less sure of himself even when answering basic questions.

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Ms James said: “Harry probably looks at his most relaxed here trading banter while he drives and hikes with his army buddies.

“He greets JJ Chalmers with an almost desperate energy, coming out of the villa to rip off his baseball cap and envelop him in a full, tight, double-arm hug that would signify relief and delight to be re-acquainted.

“It is a prolonged clutching followed by some friendly slapping before they go off for their hike. The small talk is sketchy to the point of unintentionally hilarious though: JJ points at a view and says ‘What’s that?’ to Harry who replies ‘That’s er..um..a bush’.”

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Harry also appeared to stumble over his words when quizzed by an interviewer who posed the simple question, “what do you do?”

The former working royal, who now lives in Montecito, California with Meghan and their two young children, takes his time to give an answer, as the expert says: “It’s the question royals always ask the public on visits but Harry’s discomfort and the way he stalls and plays for time to think suggests he finds it unanswerable.

“His eyes dart and drop in a cut-off and as he looks to one side to think he even pokes his tongue out in a gesture of deep concentration.”

He eventually replies: “What do I do? Er…on any given day, I’m a dad of two under-three-year-olds. I’ve got a couple of dogs. (I’m) A husband. I’m founding patron of Invictus Games Foundation.”

Ms James noted that Harry’s response “There’s a lot of hats that one wears” is a very royal answer, as it avoids being too personal.

In a segment from the documentary filmed at the Salute to Freedom Gala in 2021, a nervous Harry turns to Meghan for reassurance during a crucial moment.

The body language analyst gives her take on the interaction, stating: “Harry looks needy for Meghan’s support in one scene, where they are walking the red carpet hand in hand and Harry tells his wife ‘I’m nervous’ in what sounds like a bid to get her support and affection.

“We also see him puffing and doing side-bends before going on stage to do a speech and then a very tearful and equally puffing Harry speaking after Meghan has introduced him to the Invictus audience.”

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