Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ wedding body language shows ‘warning signs’ expert says
Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles were married on 29th July 1981, 36 years ago today, and the wedding, held at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, was beamed to TVs around the world. A body language expert reveals there were ‘warning signs’ about the relationship.
Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles were married on 29th July 1981, 36 years ago today. But the marriage was not a happy one, ending in divorce and ultimately tragedy, with Princess Diana dying in a car crash in 1997.
Prince Charles was said to have been deeply unhappy to be marrying Diana, weeping the night before his wedding day, according to claims in an explosive new book.
But as far as the public was concerned, it was a fairytale romance and a dream wedding day.
Those who understand body language, however, would have watched the proceedings and realised something was amiss – with author and body language expert Judi James revealing there were “warning signs” of the doomed relationship on the wedding day.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Judi said: “It can be easy to take a retrospective analysis of a couple as doomed as these two and say the warning signs were there all along, but with Charles and Diana they absolutely were.
“Their body language during the engagement interview made horrible watching at the time, as Charles made his ‘Whatever love is’ comment and their faces both fell into masks of something bordering on tragedy, and then careful watching of their wedding footage suggests a man going through the motions and a girl overwhelmed by strongly conflicting emotions.”
Analysing a clip of the day from the moment Diana arrives, Judi said: “On her first few steps into the cathedral Diana’s veiled face is wearing the traditional bridal expression of a radiant smile.
“Then her large eyes start to scan the scene inside the cathedral and her face does a sudden and very dramatic drop. Her mouth slopes downward and her eyes fall and for a moment she looks close to tears.
“When she lifts her eyes there is even a moment of steeliness bordering on anger. It’s not until her dress designer comes to flounce the veil that she manages a girlish but slightly forced-looking smile in response.
“Straight after the giggle though she touches her hair in a cut-off gesture and her face drops yet again.
“This constant flicking of extremes of expressions could be seen as just a sign of nerves but there is very little looking at her father for reassurance or the more signature ‘Shy Di’ expressions she was known for.”
Diana later said she was looking around the aisles to spot Camilla Parker-Bowles, and Judi says her body language confirms this: “Her eyes scour the guests on the way up the aisle and although there are reflected smiles for some there are also signals of anxiety and fluctuating emotions that would endorse her claim that she was actually looking for love-rival Camilla.”
Prince Charles’ body language reveals he was not any happier than his bride-to-be.
Judi explained: “Charles adopted an air of faint sadness as he waited for his bride, with his brows steepled and his eye-gaze distant and reflective.
“You could see this as an expression of duty and formality but the camera shows the Queen absolutely beaming at her son so there was no great pressure on him to look poker-faced.
“He flashes the ghost of a smile when his bride arrives and then a swift look up and down at her dress with no sign of appreciative or reassuring smiling.
“Diana watches Charles all through his vows, face-checking him to read his emotions. In contrast he dips his head and even performs a micro-gesture of a small shudder as though pulling himself together.
“His tone and expression as he says ‘I will’ are gloomy and after the slight smile he throws to her he performs what looks like a small sigh, before returning to his sad-looking reflective eye-gaze.”
It is not all bad, and Judi said: “Of course there are signs of positive emotion though.
“As they hold hands for the vows Charles performs a small eyebrow-shrug which would be a shared tie-sign of unspoken communication and he does look at Diana during the line ‘Love and cherish’ to endorse the intent.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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