In welcoming 2021, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have released a letter to readers on their website Archewell. They describe their hopes for the upcoming year, citing the importance of being “together” and “putting compassion in action”.
They both then sign off their letter with their signatures.
Forensic Handwriting Examiner Sheila Lowe spoke with Express.co.uk and revealed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s signatures actually say quite a lot about their “public image”.
“A signature on its own isn’t much to go on and reflects one’s public image, rather than the additional information provided by more writing,” she told Express.co.uk.
“In this case, it’s interesting (and makes perfect sense) that these two signatures fall into what handwriting analysts call ‘thready forms.’
“That is, in both cases, the second part of the signature looks a bit like a ball of thread or wool that’s been rolled on the carpet—there is no form to it, it’s indefinite.
“The first part, the capital letters, are tall, and in Meghan’s case elaborate.
“Harry’s show a sense of simple pride and Meghan’s ability to shine in the spotlight.
“But, in this case, the threadiness is like a fence that allows them to maintain a barrier of privacy between themselves and others.”
“And especially in Meghan’s case, it reminds us of an arm stretched out, holding others, literally at arm’s length. Not in an unfriendly way, though
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“The right slant reveals her social nature. She just doesn’t want to reveal everything about herself.
“In Harry’s case, the ‘y’ turns back in a strong movement to the left, toward the past, symbolic of reaching towards mum. Makes sense.”
The open letter features on the home page of the Archewell website, which was launched in 2020.
Archewell is the organisation founded by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex that currently includes the Archewell Foundation, Archewell Audio and Archewell Productions.
It continues: “In the face of fear, struggle and pain, it can be easy to lose sight of this.
“Together, we can choose courage, healing, and connection.
“Together, we can choose to put compassion in action. We invite you to join us.
“As we work to build a better world, one act of compassion at a time.”