Prince Charles ‘wants to signal he has found peace and tranquility’ with ‘protective’ Camilla on ‘quietly intimate’ Christmas card, body language expert claims
- Prince Charles, 71, and Camilla, 73, were ‘quietly intimate’ in Christmas card
- Royals posed for the candid snap in the autumn sunshine at their Birkhall home
- Body language expert said they adopted a ‘retirement’ pose with one another
- Judi James said Charles ‘wants to signal he has finally found a sense of peace’
- Revealed Duchess took on ‘more protective role’ and appears ‘more confident’
In the charming new photograph, which was taken in the early autumn by a member of the royal staff, the Prince of Wales, 71, can be seen with his arm around Camilla, 73, as they share a laugh in the beautiful gardens of their Scottish home of Birkhall.
Speaking to FEMAIL, body language expert Judi James said the snap shows the royal couple relaxing in a ‘retirement pose’ and ‘locked in a bubble of their own mutual affection.’
She said Charles ‘wanted to signal he has finally found a sense of peace’, while Camilla took on more of a ‘protector’ role and appeared ‘more confident’ in the photo.
Like the Queen, who is isolating at Windsor Castle, they have operated throughout the year with a reduced household.
Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall’s Christmas photo shows a ‘quietly intimate’ moment for the couple, a body language expert has claimed
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will spend Christmas at Highgrove, in Gloucestershire, although they expect to see the Queen and Prince Philip at Windsor at some point over the festive season. Camilla will also spend time with her family.
FEMAIL spoke to Judi about what the image of Prince Charles and Camilla shows:
‘RETIREMENT POSE’ IN THEIR HAPPY PLACE
Where will the royal family spend Christmas?
Charles and Camilla: Understood to be spending it alone at their home of Highgrove but will see Queen and Phillip ‘at some point’ during the holidays.
They will also see Camilla’s children Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Lopes at some point.
Prince William and Kate Middleton: Could spend Christmas at Anmer Hall, Norfolk or with the Middletons in Berkshire.
The Wessexes: Prince Edward and Sophie are likely to spend Christmas at their home of Bagshot Park in Surrey.
The Yorks: Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson are likely to spend Christmas with Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, as well as their husbands Jack Brooksbank and Edo Mapelli Mozzi. They may spend Christmas at the Royal Lodge in Windsor.
Princess Anne: The Princess Royal may spend Christmas with her children Zara Tindall, who is expecting her third child, and Peter Philips and their families on their estate of Gatcombe.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: The Sussexes are spending Christmas in California.
‘It’s interesting that this photo portrays Charles and Camilla in what looks like a ‘retirement’ pose, posing exclusively together in the late autumn sunshine in the gardens that Charles describes rather enigmatically as ‘His special place’.’
COUPLE ARE ‘UNIFIED’
‘The pair have chosen a small bench to sit on, meaning proximity was always on the cards, but as Charles turns his torso toward Camilla, in a telling gesture of unity, he also places an arm around the back of her chair in a mimed embrace.’
CHARLES ‘WANTS TO SIGNAL HE HAS FOUND PEACE’
‘They look locked in a bubble of their own mutual affection and tranquility here, as though Charles wants to signal that he has finally found a sense of peace and escape after some very tumultuous years.
‘He is a man who often likes to show himself as on a bit of an uneasy quest in life, but here his body language looks relaxed, comfortable and unusually tactile.’
CAMILLA ‘TAKES ON THE PROTECTIVE ROLE’
‘Camilla seems to have nestled into her husband and the way her thigh presses against his looks quietly intimate.
‘There is a certain amount of strain still visible in Charles’s smile, which looks a bit rigid, and the way he glances away from the camera suggests some sense of distancing, but it’s Camilla in what looks like a more protective role here.’
DUCHESS’ ‘POSE SUGGESTS ELEMENT OF POWER’
‘She looks direct to camera and her hand gesture involves a steepling ritual that can suggest both precise thinking and an element of status or power.
‘She has chosen a more tailored, masculine look to wear here, too, with her suit jacket, shirt and jeans making her appear a more confident and even forceful presence than we have been seeing recently in some of her appearances.’
The couple’s Christmas card last year was taken during their royal tour of Cuba as they drove through the streets of Havana