Prince William and Kate Middleton reunite with Queen at Windsor
There has been tension between the brothers for several years now, but it hit boiling point when Harry and his wife Meghan Markle decided to step down as senior royals. William was reportedly upset by Harry’s decision and particularly hurt that he chose to announce it the day before Kate’s birthday and against the Queen’s wishes. Between their announcement and their final day as senior royals, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had just three royal engagements, the last of which was the Commonwealth Day service in March.
The Commonwealth Day service takes place each year to celebrate the Commonwealth, a voluntary association of 54 countries, most of which were formerly part of the British Empire.
William, Kate and the rest of the Royal Family were also in attendance at Westminster Abbey, but the brothers appeared to avoid each other ‒ they did not enter together, walk together or sit together.
Body language expert Patti Wood spotted that William appeared to be trying to contain his anger, noting that his posture and expression were giving this away.
Ms Wood said: “He’s doing a comfort palm, that palm down on his leg, which is comforting and suppressing his emotional state or he’s trying to suppress how he’s feeling.
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Prince William was angry, judging by his body language, at the Commonwealth Day in March
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“The fist on top of that is an indication that he is suppressing a slight amount of anger and if you go all the way up to the mouth, he’s doing a lip compression, which also says, ‘I’m suppressing my true emotional state’.
“The furrowed brow would say it’s anger as well.”
The body language expert claimed that William continued to restrain his anger after the ceremony.
She said: “He’s got a slight lip suppression, very slight, tilted at one side, he has conflicted feelings on trying to hide how he’s feeling, but the glare is an angry glare.”
William and Kate sat in a row with the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla
Ms Wood, author of Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma, said Kate felt slightly differently.
She said: “There’s a slight pursing of the lips and slight sadness in the eye that we see.
“The pursing of the lips is more like, ‘this doesn’t taste good to me’, then the sadness in the eye is, ‘this is sad’.”
As for Prince Harry, Ms Wood observed that he looked very tired, saying: “It looks like he hasn’t slept.
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“That’s what it looks like when a man has just come back to barracks or back from the line of battle and that they’re just sort of in that dizzy place.”
The body language of the royals suggests that the rift between the princes had grown stronger after Harry and Meghan announced their decision to step down.
After their bombshell announcement, Harry and Meghan went to two other events in the UK: the Endeavour Fund Awards and the Mountbatten Musical Festival at the Royal Albert Hall.
They then moved to Canada briefly, before settling in California.
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They have bought a £11.4million mansion in Montecito, Santa Barbara, where they live with their one-year-old son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Since then, they have signed a lucrative deal with streaming company Netflix and done numerous video calls and speeches, speaking about issues important to them like gender equality, racial justice, the environment and creating a safe space online.
They even encouraged Americans to vote in the 2020 federal elections.
While they did not explicitly say who they were supporting, it is widely believed they backed Joe Biden, who managed to snatch a victory from President Donald Trump in November.
What his presidency will look like, however, could be decided in the Georgia state runoff in January, which will decide whether the Republicans have a majority in the Senate or not.
Meanwhile, Kate and William have embarked on a Royal Train tour to thank key workers for their work during the coronavirus crisis.