Lie Spotting: Test your true crime lie detector nous with Prince Andrew

The Chris Watts case has provided armchair detectives with a brilliant – and relatively basic – case study on lie-spotting and body language. If we’ve become experts on Watts how good are we at someone else? Someone better educated. Someone older. Someone smarter.

In the 49 minute interview with the BBC, few people were fooled, but can you say why there’s deception, and where exactly? Are you able to figure out the tells of a royal?

This time TCRS is going to leave it to you to go through the video first and see which tells you can find. See how many you can pick up in the first five minutes, or longer if you have the stamina, and see whether you’ve developed the skill to discern between why something is – or isn’t – a tell.

If you notice any additional insights, be sure to note them in the comments below. This page will be updated later with an assessment by TCRS.

Prince Andrew sparks near-universal condemnation with TV interview – CNN



9 thoughts on “Lie Spotting: Test your true crime lie detector nous with Prince Andrew

  1. With all that head shaking, I wonder if Andrew’s is a snow globe. He wants to make the interview about his “achievement”. Avoid subject. Minimize.


  2. Episodes of rapid blinking.

    Frequent bizarrely detailed descriptions of random blather spoken as if they somehow demonstrated proof of innocence. E.g. It can’t have been a genuine picture of me in ghislain ‘s house because that picture was taken upstairs and I’ve never been upstairs as any dinner parties were held in the dining room which was just off the hall. It can’t have been me because the accuser said I was sweaty and in that period of my life I was unable to sweat due to the Falklands war.

    Absolute car crash.


    • He also addresses the victim. ” that woman”. So many lies and so self entitled. No remorse, and he doesn’t regret friendship with Epstein.


  3. You can have the best advisors, experts and lawyers at your fingertips. But when you’ve spent a lifetime being agreed with, flattered and had every fatuous remark that falls from your gob applauded – then clearly it warps your judgement as to how good at being credible you are.


  4. @ 8.15 to 8.28 – puts his tongue in cheek after answering a question, develops a bit of a tic around mouth and starts licking his lips.

    Towards end of interview, when talking about one of his “causes” , says that it’s for girls who are around aged 14 – realises that’s a bit awkward and suddenly rearranges his position in chair. Technically not symptomatic of lying but certainly unfortunate.

    Example of not answering the question other than to provide irrelevancies:
    Q Is what Mr Brockman said true ? A I don’t know Mr Brockman so I don’t know what he’s talking about.

    He’s just too damn honourable.


  5. My apologies for the incomplete post. Notice how many times he does the thing with his tongue. He does a weird side eye, as if to say, don’t dare question me.


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