Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s relationship has come back into the spotlight in recent months after season four of Peter Morgan’s Netflix drama hit TV screens. While it has been made clear that The Crown is a dramatised version of real events and not a documentary, some will likely blur fact with fiction. Diana will remain in the news with the planned inquest about her Panorama interview and a new biopic due for release later this year.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said this could present “a series of problems” for Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
He warned Express.co.uk that the constant references to Diana could risk him losing popularity.
The concerns come amid speculation that the Queen may step down after her 95th birthday.
Charles could face further blows to his popularity after the next season of The Crown, which will cover Diana’s death.
Questions about the royal’s first marriage have led some to reevaluate old photographs of the couple.
Body language experts have trailed through pictures of Charles and Diana in a bid to understand more about their relationship.
They believe that facial expressions, hand gestures and even the way a person stands could hint at how a person is feeling in a situation.
Patti Wood, a US-based body language specialist, was particularly concerned when she cast her eye over a photograph from Charles and Diana’s wedding day.
Nearly one billion people from 74 countries tuned in to watch the royal couple’s nuptials on July 29, 1981.
The royal pair were joined by 2,650 guests and scores of people lined the streets near Buckingham Palace in a bid to catch a glimpse of Charles and Diana.
Ms Wood pointed to the photograph where the royal couple kissed on the Palace’s balcony and said it was not as romantic as it seemed.
She told Readers Digest: “See how she is doing all the work?
“She is clearly passionate about her new husband but he does not share her ardour.”
Ms Wood said that it looked like Diana was “literally bending over backwards” in a bid to “hold his attention”.
She continued: “While he responds with a nearly-chaste peck on the lips.
“His eyes closed, his passion either in-check or non-existent.”
In another photograph analysed by Ms Wood, she claimed Charles and Diana were not a good match.
She referred to an image that was taken in January 1986, when the couple were on a skiing holiday in Switzerland.
The image shows Charles, dressed in blue, looking in one direction and Diana, dressed in red, looking the other.
Ms Wood said that even in the photograph it was easy to “sense something” was “very much amiss” in the marriage.
In a Readers Digest article last year, Ms Wood said: “These are two people who are so out of sync with one another.
“They can’t even get it together for the camera.”
Ms Wood said there was a hint of Charles’ “disinterest” from as early as their engagement in 1981.
The black-and-white photograph showed the couple arm-in-arm and Charles pointing towards his future wife.
Meanwhile, Diana smiled while she looked forward.
Ms Wood noted that Diana’s arm was “passively resting” in the crook of Charles’ arm.
But Charles “hid one hand inside his jacket”.
She said: “It is an early and subtle warning sign of [Prince] Charles’ lack of commitment.
“He is attempting to make the connection less intimate.”