Clarence House tweeted the video with the message: “As Patron of domestic abuse charity @safelives_, The Duchess of Cornwall has today released a video message to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.”
The video was shared one day after Clarence House turned off comments on Prince Charles and Camilla’s official Twitter account reportedly to stop trolls attacking the royal couple.
While in recent years Charles and Camilla have won public favour their affair during Charles’s marriage to Princess Diana made them unpopular for years.
Their affair is played out in season four of Netflix royal drama The Crown which was released earlier this month and has sparked a new wave of interest in the couple.
An expert has suggested the new season may have brought back difficult memories for the Duchess who appears anxious in her latest virtual appearance.
Body language expert and author Judi James analysed the clip for Express.co.uk and shared her findings.
Judi said: “This very important message about the crucial issue of violence against women must deserve a more spirited and inspirational delivery than the monotone, tired and sadly rather bored-looking tone that Camilla takes here.
“Camilla is not a confident performer, which can often show in her anxious hand gestures or her rather nervous smiles, but by sitting still with her eyes scanning the script that is clearly running at the top of her screen, meaning she never connects with her audience with any eye-contact here, she depersonalizes her message and applies no congruent emotional emphasis.”
Judi claimed some of the negative feedback Camilla may have received from fans of The Crown may have taken its toll.
The analyst said: “There have been stories that the way the TV series The Crown has shown her in a bad light might have reminded her of the period after Diana’s death when she was billed as one of the most unpopular women in the UK, and this could easily be a reason for this tired-looking appearance and the lack of eye contact or connection with her audience.
“If the idea is to coach her into a more formal, regal-looking style as Queen-in-waiting though, it might be better to allow her to return to her much sweeter, nervous-looking body language traits as this format makes her appear to lack both warmth and interest.
“The Queen is near-unique in her ability to underplay her messages, using a minimum of movement or facial expression, but still manage to imply emotions.”
Judi added: “She does this with a stoic-looking delivery, but Camilla’s natural body language style lends itself to a softer approach.
“Camilla’s voice lacks energy here and the way her top lip is held straight, which is often a sign of nerves, makes her enunciation poor at times.
“Her head bobs a little and she raises her eyebrows but the slightly emphatic gesture isn’t connected to the words she is speaking.
“She uses a dying fall on some of the most important words like ‘Abuse and coercion’ when she should be more emphatic.”
Camilla Duchess of Cornwall: The couple’s affair is at the centre of season 4 of Netflix drama The Crown
Judi added: “There is the smallest twitch of her left cheek when she says ‘very sadly’ but no change in mood or delivery when she gets to the more upbeat words ‘A day that can give us all hope’.
“As a top-tier royal and a woman who is clearly committed to her charities like this one, Camilla needs to overcome any inhibitions or worries about negative feedback and use inspirational body language plus some very simple delivery skills like looking straight into camera and taking ownership of her script.
“Nobody expects her to brim with the kind of passion of Meghan or to produce professional-looking presentations like Kate, but this style of frozen delivery is stopping her natural warmth and more accessible qualities from showing through.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK