Queen Consort Camilla and King Charles spent a ton of time with Prince William and Kate Middleton last week, as the couples teamed up to welcome South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at Buckingham Palace. And while everything seemingly went just fine, body language expert Judi James tells The Express that Camilla exhibited tell-tale signs of anxiety upon seeing Wills and Kate.
The moment in question happened when the newly minted Prince and Princess of Wales joined Queen Camilla and King Charles on the Royal Pavilion.
"There were strong signals of positive anticipation from Charles as his daughter-in-law Kate walked up the steps to greet him," James explained, adding that "His hands seemed to pause above his pockets and his warm eye-gaze looked focused on her, while Camilla appeared to perform an even warmer, affectionate smile aimed at William."
That said, Camilla's body language gave away her anxiety about the situation. "There was a small gesture of anxiety from Camilla as the very elegant William and Kate approached up the steps as she lifted her bag in front of her torso in a barrier gesture," James said. "There is clearly a desire to show a unified front and a family vibe from the new top tier of the Firm though, with smiles, chatting, and polite body language signals all round."
It's possible Camilla's anxiety was simply due to the pressures of the spotlight, as James notes that "Camilla seemed especially keen to promote a family look here, not just with her maternal-looking smiles but in the way she turned her head to join in the conversation between William and Kate. Kate’s dimpled smile and her raised brows showed a polite and attentive engagement as Camilla spoke to her across William, who adopts a fig leaf hand pose to suggest he is in listening rather than speaking mode."
Here's a video of the moment, in case extremely awkward and highly choreographed royal engagements are your thing!!