On June 13, Prince William, 40, and Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, 58, attended a special screening of “Rhino Man” at Battersea Power Station, presented by United For Wildlife.
This was notably their first joint engagement in south London, and they looked stunning.
Body language specialist Judi James spoke to Express UK about William’s interactions with his aunt Sophie.
“There’s something terribly poignant about seeing Sophie accompany William on this royal visit,” she remarked.
“The look of pride and joy on Sophie’s face as she gazes at her nephew gives a small hint of why that should be.”
Judi called the double engagement “poignant” since it brought up memories of the late Princess of Wales.
“William never got to make appearances like this with his mother Diana, and we never got to see Diana gazing proudly at her adult son,” she said.
“Sophie seems to be trying to add a subtle maternal touch to this outing, and with William’s smiles of undisguised delight, it seems to be making a very sweet dynamic here.”
The Prince and Princess of Wales are “perfect” when it comes to engagements, according to the body language expert, but William’s outing with Sophie was a pleasant surprise.
“William and Kate make a perfect body language combination as a couple, with constant mirroring and synchronized movement,” Judi stated.
“However, this proud mother/delighted son look from Sophie and William appears to be something William deserves as well, especially after the dramas of the last few years.”
Judi described the Duchess of Edinburgh as “enthusiastic,” and William as “genuinely happy.”
“There is an air of energy, enthusiasm, and even excitement from Sophie as she walks next to her nephew and chats as they get out of the car,” Judi said.
“Sophie watches his face closely, and her beaming smile does make her look like an encouraging, proud mom.”
“William’s smiles are frequently puckered while working, but his smiles here are especially so, implying he’s genuinely happy in his aunt’s company.”
“He also appears to be at ease in the parent/child dynamic, as he waits for his aunt to emerge from the car, over-straightening his tie as she smiles at him.”
“William even appeared to be basking in the look of happy pride she throws at him as he greets their hosts.”