Prince Charles and Camilla’s relationship placed under microscope: ‘She knows her place’

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PRINCE CHARLES and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall’s relationship has been examined by a dating and relationship expert, who told Express.co.uk “she knows her place”.

The Prince of Wales was one of the several Royal Family members to appear in the new Prince Philip documentary on the BBC. Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers aired on Wednesday night and saw Charles and his siblings interviewed, alongside many of the Duke of Edinburgh’s grandchildren too. The Queen, who did not appear, shared old footage of her late husband with her youngest son Prince Edward ahead of the documentary being aired. It is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

The couple, whose Scottish titles are the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, attended the opening of an Aberdeen art gallery on Tuesday, and enjoyed fish and chips on the Isle of Skye last week.

They ventured back to London last week where they attended a Battle of Britain 81st anniversary service at Westminster Abbey.

Dating and relationship expert James Preece spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about their body language when attending royal engagements.

Looking at a picture of Charles and Camilla (below) at the anniversary service, Mr Preece said he finds it “interesting”.

 

Prince Charles and Camilla

Prince Charles and Camilla’s relationship has been placed under the microscope. (Image: GETTY)

Charles and Camilla walking

Charles and Camilla at the Battle of Britain anniversary service. (Image: GETTY)

 

He said: “They’re mirroring each other exactly, both side by side, but he’s walking ahead of her again as he does.

“And she’s one step behind again.”

This could be down to the application of the rule of precedence which applies on ceremonial occasions.

When the Royal Family enters an occasion, they enter and are seated in the order of precedence.

Charles, second only to the Queen in royal hierarchy, walks ahead of Camilla.

 

Charles and Camilla at St Michael's Mount.

Charles and Camilla at St Michael’s Mount. (Image: GETTY)

The same applied with Prince Philip before he died — he walked behind out of respect for the order of precedence.

Despite being Her Majesty’s husband, he was not king, and wasn’t even ‘Prince Philip’ the consort until she became Queen.

Mr Preece pointed out another photo of Charles and Camilla (see above) attending a royal engagement at St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall.

They were making imprints of their feet for a cast when the photo was taken.

Mr Preece said that, again, they are mirroring each other’s behaviour.

Charles and Camilla

Charles and Camilla married in 2005 in a civil ceremony. (Image: GETTY)

 

He explained: “They always seem to mirror each other, which is good, but it’s always her one step behind. You’ll see this in other pictures of them as well.

“She knows her place.

“You can see the Prince there on the little platform, and she’s stepping on to it but he’s already there.

“They’re very, very happy with each other, they’re looking into each other’s eyes and that’s a genuine smile on both of their faces, but she knows her place.

“She knows he’s the future king of England and she’s never quite going to be on the same level as him.”

 

Harry and Meghan

Harry and Meghan frequently show affection in public. (Image: GETTY)

 

Mr Preece explained that Charles’ smile and the way he looks at Camilla shows he is “very deeply in love with her”.

Addressing the fact that Charles often walks slightly ahead of Camilla, Mr Preece noted that this is something the younger royals “don’t do as much”.

He explained that Charles and Diana would rarely walk side by side at royal occasions, yet Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will often walk alongside one another.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are often seen side by side as well, he said.

Harry and Meghan in particular have regularly shown public displays of affection, somewhat breaking away from a royal tradition in that respect.

Mr Preece explained: “They are thinking ‘we’re doing what we want to do.

“We’re not doing it to please someone else and someone else’s rules. We’re equals in this and we love each other, and nobody’s going to tell us what to do.

“We’ll do it our way.’ And you have to respect that really!

“They’re very much aware that they’re seen as a power couple, and therefore they’re going to have power poses, which is strong body language.”

James Preece is a dating and relationship expert. He gives advice and helps people find love and success in dating and relationships. 

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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