How the body language of the royal family reveals a determination to present a united front after Megxit
It was a difficult start of the year for the royal family, from the announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that they are stopping as senior members to the news of the split of Peter and Autumn Phillips last night.
Then there is the constant drama around Prince Andrew and his friendship with shameful billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
But it went on as usual today, as Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Defense Medical Rehabilitation Center at Stanford Hall in Loughborough for a rare joint assignment.
The new ‘fabulous four’ certainly did not show any tension or tension in the ranks as she smiled and greeted animated staff and patients.
It continued as usual today, as Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Defense Medical Rehabilitation Center at Stanford Hall in Loughborough
According to body language expert Judi James, the foursome showed a determination to present a united front – and to respect the rules of the monarchy.
From letting Charles to the relaxed chat of Kate and Camilla, here she tells FEMAIL how their body language spoke volumes about their desire to keep The Firm together.
The new Royal A-Team
“There is the feeling of a new royal A team here, while Charles and Camilla make an unusual appearance with William and Kate in what looks a bit like an overload of a royal business,” Judi said.
“There may have been several reasons for the lack of public appearances between these two couples, but there have been rumors of a long-standing lack of understanding between William and his father.
There is the feeling of a new royal A team here, while Charles and Camilla make an unusual appearance with William and Kate in what looks a bit like an overload of a royal company, says Judi
“There was also a sense that Harry’s escape from the royal flock might have created closer ties between Charles and William, while the two future kings got into rank when they met to discuss their formal reaction to Harry and Meghan’s shocking past. “
Kate the ‘unifier’
Judi noted that it is “clear” that the royal family is currently promoting a united front.
“It’s interesting to see how Kate’s role as a unifier and PR ambassador is just as visible here from her body language as when she made an effort to show friendship with Meghan on their Christmas Day walk to church in 2018, amid all the speculation that the two women had dropped out, “she said.
“Kate is very much the starfare of the royal family right now, because she has a way to make poses appear positive that would otherwise seem less warm and cheerful.”
Kate is clearly set to see chatting with Camilla here, smiling and bowing her head to look engaged and thoughtful, although Camilla’s face is averted and hidden by the wide brim
Kate talked to Camilla as they followed Prince Charles to rehabilitation on the rare joint engagement today
Judi says that Kate’s role as unifier and PR ambassador is as visible today from her body language as when she made an effort to show friendship with Meghan during their Christmas Day walk to church in 2018, amid all speculation that the two women had dropped out (photo)
Kate applies the same charming smile and full attention signals to her husband as they follow Charles and Camilla during the outing
Judi added that Kate is “clearly set to chat with Camilla,” and “smiled and bowed her head to look engaged and attentive” – although Camilla’s face was turned away and hidden by her broad brim.
“Kate then gives her husband the same charming smile and full attention signals as they follow Charles and Camilla during the outing,” Judi commented.
Charles the leader
“Charles is here in full regal mode, taking the front of the poses and taking on a new sphere of energy and status,” Judi said.
Charles is here in full regal mode, takes the front of the poses and takes on a new atmosphere of energy and status
“He still uses the characteristic gesture of social restraint when he puts one or both hands in his jacket pockets, but his back is upright and his chain is lifted in a way that suggests that he sees himself as a full replacement for the queen.
‘The family chat and grouping still looks a bit like work in progress, apart from Kate’s, the smiles seem somewhat incongruent and forced.
“But the deliberate gestures and screenings suggest a desire to show unity from the most central figures in the Company, even if the sad news about Peter Philip’s marriage suggests that the crumbling relationships around these four” super-royals “are still on be in the corridor. “
Judi noted that Charles still uses the characteristic gesture of some social restraint when he puts one or both hands in his jacket pockets, but his back is straight and his chain is lifted in a way that suggests that he sees himself as a fully-fledged standard- in for the queen
Today the princes were given a tour through the rehabilitation facility, where wounded military personnel were served, including a visit to the prosthetic workshop.
In the gym, the royals met patients playing wheelchair basketball as part of their treatment – and Prince William (37) sat playfully on a chair trying to score a basket.
The prince’s attempt opened wide, but jovial Charles, 71, was present to comfort his son and rubbed William’s shoulders as he felt sorry for the chair.
Meanwhile, his wife Kate, 38, elegantly dressed in a Alexander McQueen military jacket, spent time talking to patients about the important role that mental health care played in their rehabilitation.
The visit comes when the royal family continues to adapt to the shift of responsibilities in the aftermath of Megxit, who saw the Duke and Duchess of Sussex resign from their role as senior royals.