In the portraits Prince Charles is seated on a bench in the grounds of Clarence House, with eldest grandson Prince George on his knee. Next to him is wife Camilla, who is pictured in one of the shots with her arm around three-year-old Princess Charlotte, and behind them are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Standing directly behind Prince Charles is Prince William and Kate Middleton, who’s holding baby Louis, now six months old.
The Duchess of Sussex looks stunning in a black and white midi dress, followed by the Duchess of Cornwall who is also wearing a white outfit. The rest of the family is matching in blue. Prince George laughs on Prince Charles’s knee, as the Duchess of Cornwall points something out to Princess Charlotte. Meghan leans forward, laughing.
While the photos show happiness, smiles and laughter on every face, body language expert Judi James revealed to Cosmopolitan.com, whether this is the case in reality.
In the images William has a “direct-to-camera smile and a more formal, upright pose”, which according to James suggests that “he could be the protective power behind his father’s ‘throne’.” William and Kate echo one another’s postures which shows that they still have “very close bonds of love and like-minded thinking.”
Kate is holding Prince Louis with pride and her smile has grown from perfect social smiling into a much more symmetric ‘head of the family’ or ‘team leader’ look,” points out Judi. The expert highlights that the mother of three now “is looking less dependent on William and more like an individual in her own right here, laughing at something to the side of the camera at one point rather than sharing his gaze.”
Meghan and Harry on the other hand “appear to have adopted a less ‘twinned’ look here”, and are instead contrasting one another. “Harry looks like the least formal and most fun member of the adult group, while Meghan adopts a pose that is elegant, adult and super-royal,” adds Judi.
Here, for a change, Meghan doesn’t appear to be completely focused on Harry. When she breaks into laughter “she bends to share with the children in the front row rather than Harry”. Judi also points to Harry’s hand which is gently placed on Meghan’s upper hip.
When it comes to Prince Charles, the expert says that he looks “happy but slightly ill-at-ease.” His “leg splay and formal posture” reflects a “rather old-school style of regal status”, but his “steepled brows hint at underlying anxiety”. “As a granddad he looks uncomfortable here, grasping a rather playful-looking George around the ribs with the kind of tentative grip you’d use on a parcel with the word ‘Fragile’ printed on the side of the wrapping,” she points out.
In the documentary dedicated to the Prince of Wales, William hinted that he’d like it if Charles spent more time with his grandchildren. “It’s something I’m working on heavily. I think he does have time for [being a grandfather], but I would like him to have more time with the children,” the Duke of Cambridge said. He added “Having more time with him at home would be lovely — and being able to, you know, play around with the grandchildren. When he is there, he’s brilliant, but we need him there as much as possible.”
“Where Charles splays to show power and status, Camilla self-diminishes beside him,” said Judi of Charles’ wife Camilla. However she looks way more comfortable wit the children than Charles. “She is clearly a much more relaxed granny, chatting to little Charlotte who in turn nestles happily up beside her.”