Camilla had ‘natural uneasiness’ with Prince William and Harry, claims expert

There was "a natural uneasiness" in the body language and interaction between Camilla and William and Harry before they developed "a great rapport," a body language expert has said.

Body language expert Darren Stanton analysed Prince Charles and Camilla’s behaviour over the years, ahead of their 17th wedding anniversary on behalf of Slingo.

The wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles took place in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall, on 9 April 2005, making Camilla the step mother of William and Harry, then 22 and 20-years-old respectively.

Theyr mother Princess Dianna died just eight years before, in August 1997.

“There was also a natural uneasiness in the body language and interaction initially between Camilla and William and Harry, which was only to be expected. However, over time you’ll notice that the boys have developed a great rapport with their step-mother," the expert said.

“Their interactions in public nowadays show the Royals matching and mirroring each other while sporting engaged and genuine smiles – this suggests Camilla is very much now an accepted and integrated member of the senior Royal family.”

Stanton also said that Prince Charles was "conscious" of how Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall would be received by the public.

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The expert claimed that in the early years of their relationship the couple never showed displays of "public affection" and that Camilla's body language "allowed her to sink into the background".

Mr Stanton said there was a "notable difference" in the way Prince Charles was with Diana to how he was with Camilla.

"When pictured with Camilla, Charles is totally relaxed and completely congruent with his non-verbal communication," he said.

"However, for a long time Charles was conscious of how the public would receive Camilla."

The expert claimed Charles would show "signs of nervousness" during early public engagements with the two of them.

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"Trademark gestures included putting his hand inside his jacket or playing with his cufflinks – gestures we tend not to see from him today," he added.

Mr Stanton added that the Prince of Wales' smiles "were arguably not genuine either in the beginning" and were actually being used to "mask his anxiety and his true emotion."

"A smile is one of the most faked emotions we can adopt and is a tell-tale sign of feeling uncomfortable in a certain situation," he said.

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