Beatrice’s ‘risky gesture’ to Andrew and Queen labelled ‘shocking’


PRINCESS Beatrice burst into tears shortly after Prince Andrew was spotted escorting the Queen through the Abbey at Prince Philip’s memorial service, and now her actions have been described as a “risky gesture” by a body language expert.

Body language expert Judi James described her actions as “shocking” and “more than a little puzzling”, and noted that it formed a direct contrast to her sister Eugenie’s response.

She claims that hiding her face would send out a “very complicated message” as often face hiding can “suggest shame”.

Judi told the Mirror: “We saw how Beatrice became overwhelmed by tears after her father arrived with his mother and the Queen had taken her place in front of her, but Beatrice’s response as he first honed into view was equally shocking and more than a little puzzling.

“As the Queen and Andrew first walked level with the royals, Eugenie did appear to glance at an angle that meant she could see her father in her peripheral vision. After spotting him though she appeared to turn her gaze forward.

“Beatrice, however, seemed to already have her face hidden by her order of service. She performed this total face-covering, shielding ritual after her tears once the Queen and her father were in position, but hiding her face as they walked in would have sent out a very complicated message.

“For everyone aware of the sisters’ tendency to loyalty this would have been seen as hiding tears of relief and joy at what looked like his re-appearance in public but when we face-hide we can also suggest shame, making this a risky public gesture.”

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Harry and Meghan have ‘backed themselves into a corner’ with Philip memorial absence

Harry and his wife Meghan have “backed themselves into a corner” by skipping Prince Philip’s memorial service, a royal commentator has claimed.

Ahead of the service, there was speculation over whether the Duke of Sussex would return to celebrate his grandfather’s life and work.

However, early last month, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess confirmed that Harry would not be attending the Service of Thanksgiving.

Speaking about their absence, Russell Myers, royal editor at the Daily Mirror, told Thursday’s episode of Pod Save The Queen that Harry and Meghan have “backed themselves into a corner”.

He said: “They’ve backed themselves into a corner with this one, and I don’t think it’s one that they’re going to win, because the Home Office have already said that of course they would have provided the necessary protection, and this was absolutely case and point that they would have had security had they decided to come to a family event such as this.”


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