Princess Anne ‘deeply respected’ says expert
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Princess Anne and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall have become close over the years, body language expert Judi James suggested. However, this may not have always been obvious when they have appeared in public.
Camilla joined the Royal Family when she married Prince Charles in 2005.
Although the royals knew each other for years before, it was not until after this date Princess Anne and Camilla were regularly seen together in public.
During one of their first outings, shortly after the wedding, body language expert Judi James suggested there was no obvious rapport between them.
“There seems to be a sense of exclusion here as Anne stands closer to her brother to apparently push Camilla out of the small group here, even raising her arm so that her elbow forms a barrier gesture,” she told Express.co.uk.
“Both Charles and Anne look grim-faced here, rather than sociable.
“At the poses after their wedding the Queen and Philip stood back and away from the couple on the steps, which prevented any happy family photographs being taken.
“It looks very much as though Anne is equally unwilling to look anything more than frosty here, too.”
Shortly after on a trip to the races, the expert suggested Camilla looked relaxed but Princess Anne was more “tense”.
She added: “Camilla’s chatty pose here suggests she’s now relaxed in Anne’s company and her erect thumbs as she speaks is a signal of pleasure and enthusiasm.
“Anne looks more tense, sitting with her bag on her lap in a barrier gesture that normally signals a desire to flee and her frown suggests she might have preferred more of a sport-related companion.”
However, Judi claimed any “tension” seen in their public body language relaxed over the following years.
Only a couple of years after joining the family, Camilla was seen sharing a joke with Princess Anne.
Judi explained they showed signs of “growing friendship”.
She added: “Soon Camilla’s popularity with the public was rising and she was proving her worth as a member of The Firm via some tours abroad with Charles.
“Sitting in the carriage with Anne, Camilla wears a reasonably relaxed-looking smile.
“But it’s the pose of the two women laughing together in the line-up that really seems to signal not just a thawing of the frost between them but a growing sense of close friendship between two women who have so much in common.
“This pose isn’t about social smiling, it shows two friends sharing a joke.
“Both appear delighted with one another’s company.
“These two women now seem more than happy to share a friendship that looks both warm and humour-based.
“It’s Charles who is more excluded now as they chat together using relaxed body postures and engaged eye contact.”
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