Kate Middleton ‘not eclipser’ as William marriage placed under microscope


KATE MIDDLETON and Prince William’s subtle differences in body language offer an insight into who wears the trousers in the relationship, a behavioural expert once claimed.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are reportedly “seriously considering” packing their bags and moving to Windsor. Prince William and his wife Kate are believed to be “eyeing up” properties in the Windsor area that would be suitable for children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. If the move goes ahead, the Cambridges would be closer to the Queen who feels much more at home at Windsor Castle.

Her Majesty plans to base herself more permanently in Windsor upon her return from Balmoral, where she is spending her annual summer holiday.

William and Kate, according to a Mail on Sunday source, are preparing for a more senior role within the Royal Family.

A body language expert noticed subtle differences in the couple’s behaviour, giving some indication of who rules the roost.

Judi James told Fabulous: “Although royal protocol meant Kate first appeared as a royal-in-the-making walking behind William and keeping a very low profile, her body language signals after their marriage did begin to suggest that she was very quietly the one with the very solid levels of social confidence, while William’s signals could fluctuate between dominant to an underlying tendency to social shyness.

William and Kate’s body language differences

William and Kate’s body language differences: ‘Leader but not eclipser’ (Image: GETTY)

Kate and William at the Baftas.

William’s sideways glance at the press and public reportedly suggests feelings of shyness. (Image: GETTY)

“Kate looks confident taking the lead a lot and William looks more than happy sitting back and watching her.

“Unlike his father, who was said to be jealous of Diana when she became the royal superstar, William looks nothing but comfortable now while Kate takes the role of leader but not eclipse, meaning they still form a very well-balanced double-act.”

The couple are a shining light when out on public engagements, but Ms James noted a difference between the two.

His “self-protective fig-leaf pose”, with his hands crossed over his body “hints heavily at some social shyness”.

Kate and William on a video call.

Kate appeared to lead video calls in lockdown and engaged with confidence. (Image: GETTY)

“Kate has always complimented these non-verbal traits perfectly, either mirroring them or engaging more confidently herself to put William at ease.”

The family photo during the Clap For Our Carers, part of BBC’s Big Night In broadcast last year, also came to Ms James’ attention.

She said at the time: “Little Charlotte might have been the one to walk out and lead the waving here but it’s Kate who stands central to her family unit in this pose, juggling tasks and engaging the cameras with a direct smile as she carries Louis and claps and learns her torso in towards William to signal affection and unity.”

Kate stood centrally in the Clap for Carers video.

Kate stood centrally in the Clap for Carers video. (Image: GETTY)

In a separate interview, Ms James told Express.co.uk William and Kate have developed their own body language rituals that are “distinctly different” from other royals.

She explained they use signals of “togetherness” that are “unique” within the Firm.

While William may appear more reserved on occasion, Ms James noted their body language will often match too.

Discussing their visit to Scotland earlier this year, including a trip to St Andrew’s University where their romance first blossomed, Ms James spotted several matching moments.

Prince George with the Duke and Duchess at Wembley

Prince George joined the Duke and Duchess at Wembley for the Euro 2020 final. (Image: GETTY)

She said: “During their trip to Scotland we can see matching head tilts and facial expressions as they go into mutual listening mode and an identical ‘fig leaf’ pose as they stand with their hands clasped in front of their torsos.

“When they start to speak though we can see them taking it in turns to take the spotlight while the other looks like a rather respectful fan.

“In many ways they are like a non-verbal PR for their own spouse and their messages.”

She explained that when one is speaking, the other watches and listens closely.

“This ability to switch from twinned to contrasting, complimentary body language rituals suggests a lack of any jealousy, resentment or desire to compete for attention between them.”

William and Kate yesterday privately paid their respects to William’s mother, Princess Diana, on the 24th anniversary of her death.

Hundreds of adorning fans gathered at the Golden Gates of Kensington Palace to leave flowers and notes, while the statue to the Princess of Wales was also opened up for a brief spell.

It is not known how William’s brother Harry and his wife Meghan Markle marked the anniversary.


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