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The couple are on a two-day visit to attend the Bicentenary Independence Day celebrations – but according to Judi James, Camilla has been taking a back seat while the Prince of Wales is enjoying taking the limelight.’
Speaking to FEMAIL, the body language expert contrasted Prince Charles’ body language to his tours with Diana, and says it’s as though there has been a ‘complete role-reversal.’
‘With Diana in the spotlight as Charles is now, we can see the Prince hanging back with a similar air of down-played reticence as Camilla appears to be using currently,’ she claimed. ‘With Camilla the low-key approach appears to be deliberate though, while with Charles it was clearly a source of frustration back in the day.’
Camilla ‘let Charles enjoy the limelight in Greece’ after he was ‘effortlessly eclipsed’ by Diana ‘in every way’ during their royal tours, body language expert Judi James has claimed. Pictured, Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and her partner Pavlos Kotsonis welcome Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla in Athens, on March 25
Judi James noted that Diana was often seen ahead of Charles and walking quite independently but Camilla seems to stick close and often be standing or walking just behind her husband. Pictured, visiting the Ginger Factory in Yandina, Queensland, Australia, 12th April 1983
She continued: ‘As Camilla would be all too well aware, Princess Diana cited her husband’s jealousy of her popularity as one of the core reasons for the breakdown of their marriage.
And on tour with Charles in Greece, it looks very much as though lessons have been learned and that Camilla is determined to ensure that wife number two does not make the same mistake as wife number one.’
Judi went on to explain how unlike Camilla, ‘Diana effortlessly eclipsed Charles in every way.’
‘On their first tour of Australia, when her popularity was becoming obvious, she didn’t just dazzle visually,’ explained Judi. ‘She dwarfed him intellectually too, dashing off a very competent piece by Rachmaninoff on the piano when asked to perform at a music college, while Charles could barely pull the bow across the strings of a cello.’
In addition to her ‘brilliantly eye-catching’ outfits, the body language expert explains how Princess Diana’s ‘height, body language charisma and her empathy with the crowds made her sparkle and Charles look like a damp squib.’
However, according to Judi, in Greece, the story could hardly be different.
Judi claimed Camilla looked “switched off” in body language terms, ‘sitting back in her seat with her legs stretched out as though she was having a breather after a long morning spent shopping.’ Pictured, joining The President of the Hellenic Republic and Mr. Pavlos Kotsonis for tea at the Presidential Mansion
With his gold medal on proud display around his neck, Judi explained how Prince Charle’s gestures are open and over-congruent. Pictured, being presented with The Gold Medal of Athens by Mayor of Athens, Kostas Bakoyannis, at Athens City Hall during a two-day visit to Greece
‘Camilla’s outfits are flattering but without dominating the attention,’ explained Judi. ‘She has opted for a safe navy blue when Diana would have worn daffodil yellow and bright, eye-catching pink.’
Judi also went on to note that while Diana was often seen ahead of Charles and ‘walking quite independently,’ Camilla ‘seems to stick close’ – often be standing or walking just behind her husband.
‘When Camilla and Charles sat on small, throne-like chairs it was Charles sitting regally upright with his knees splayed while his hands were clasped up near his chest in what looked like an intentional gesture of imminent communication,’ she explained.
‘Camilla looked “switched off” in body language terms, sitting back in her seat with her legs stretched out as though she was having a breather after a long morning spent shopping.
In another photograph where the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are being greeted by their hosts, Judi notes how Charles leans forward in what looks like an ‘animated conversation’, while Camilla ‘hangs back’ with her arms by her sides.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles riding in a Land Rover at the Hands Oval sportsground, Bunbury, Australia, 8th April 1983
She continued: ‘Camilla appears to be waiting to see what Charles will do before proceeding and as a result Charles truly blossoms with this open goal in terms of stepping into the spotlight and acting like the natural star of the double act.’
The body language expert believes all of the ‘passive flattery’ on the Prince of Wales is visible in his outfits and the way he carries himself.
‘His outfits have become what can only be described as dapper and his ties and pocket hankies suggest a desire to be centre stage,’ she explained. ‘His body language suggests the inner performer has been released too.’
‘With his gold medal on proud display around his neck, his gestures are open and over-congruent, either with this upward point or with an empty embrace with his arms splayed out in mid-air, suggesting pure pleasure at being the centre of attention.’
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