Kate Middleton and William share Time To Change message
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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 39, and Prince William, 38, visited a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination centre at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday. They also observed a moment of silence to pay tribute to those killed by coronavirus one year after Britain first went into lockdown.
Body language expert and author Judi James analysed photos of the Cambridges’ latest engagement and shared her findings with Express.co.uk.
Kate displays signs her confidence has been knocked in the wake of Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, according to the analyst.
While William and Kate display a “united front” during the trip, Judi claims their gestures make it seem like there “have been some fluctuations of feelings and emotions behind the scenes”.
Among the damaging claims Meghan and Harry launched at the Royal Household during their chat with Oprah, was Meghan’s assertion Kate made her cry in the lead up to her royal wedding.
Another allegation to have rocked the monarchy was the couple’s claim a member of the family had discussed the skin colour of their unborn child with Harry.
The Palace responded to the interview with an official statement saying it was taking the claims seriously and would deal with them in private. But it may take the House of Windsor some time to recover from the fallout.
According to Judi, the interview appears to have impacted how the Duchess of Cambridge conducts herself in public.
Judi told Express.co.uk: “It’s interesting how many glances or bouts of sustained eye contact William and Kate are using on each other here, as it is not a staple of their normal body language repertoire.”
She added: “It is a ritual they seem to have been using more and more since the fallout of the Oprah interview though, and as well as suggesting a united front, it could mean that they are finding strength from each other and that they are keen to check in on one another’s feelings and moods more.
“Eye-glances in public can be the non-verbal equivalent of the phrase ‘Are you ok?’ and can suggest there might have been some fluctuations of feelings and emotions behind the scenes in private.”
Judi claimed the Cambridges appear stronger than ever as a couple despite the recent royal crisis.
She said: “The idea of projected unity is also promoted in their very close mirroring or postural echo.”
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The expert added: “This trait is a signature one for the Cambridges and reminds us that they are still a very like-minded and solid couple.
“When they walk side-by-side, this leads to Kate walking with her arms down at her sides like her husband. This gesture does suggest confidence and some strength or determination from both of them, but at other moments there is that pose from Kate when she stands with her hands crossed in front of her torso, holding her clutch bag.”
According to the expert, the way Kate holds her bag suggests she is feeling less confident than usual.
Judi said: “This is a barrier gesture that she used less prior to the Oprah interview, and seems to suggest some feelings of lowered confidence and a possible need to be self-protective in public.”
According to the analyst, William seems keen to “protect” Kate during what has been a difficult time for The Firm.
She said: “It’s interesting that when William is talking to his hosts he uses what looks like a jokey conversation to put both arms out towards Kate in a mimed hug gesture that could suggest a subliminal desire to protect her.”
The Cambridges returned to London from Norfolk at the start of the month ahead of schools reopening.
Prince Goerge, seven, and Princess Charlotte, five, are both pupils at Thomas’s Battersea, a short drive from Kensington Palace.
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