Prince Charles and Camilla’s secret Zoom call messages exposed
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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have been joining the rest of the Royal Family as they adapt to the restrictions of lockdown to perform their royal duties via video link. Royal fans have been particularly pleased to see Prince Charles back on his feet, after the heir to the throne took a break to recover when he was ill with coronavirus in March. Podcast Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features the Daily Mirror’s royal editor Russell Myers.
Speaking this week, body language expert Judi James told the podcast all about the hidden message in Charles and Camilla’s lockdown appearances.
Ms James said: “Charles and Camilla, they have done a video-call each, and it looked a bit Luddite-ish – you could tell for Charles it wasn’t really his natural habitat.
“Whereas William and Kate turn it into a bit of a one-to-one conversation, with Charles it was a royal performance.
“He was sitting there, straight on to the camera, a bit like a passport photograph, speaking as though he were making a royal address.
“Eyebrows slightly puckered with concern, but that’s his signature look anyway now.
“He was probably less giving of his personality – I think recently he does seem to have relaxed a bit, especially with his small grandchildren, laughing and being a bit more tactile.
“But the move to video conferencing is not his forte.
“And, I love the way the background – he has all of these real ancient tomes, the whole background is ancient.
“I think he even had an old two-pin plug socket with something plugged in!”
She added: “Probably his approach to being royal will be a lot more like his mother, than it will be like the next generation down. I don’t think he will be one of those hands-on, relaxed [monarchs].”
Ms James also gave her opinion that remote video conferencing doesn’t particularly suit the more hands-on Camilla.
She said: “I think Camilla looks the least comfortable of all the royals in front of the screen.
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“She is quite engaging, she has a good self-effacing smile that I think makes people like her.
“But, of all of them, you could see her eyes going backwards and forwards across the top of the screen, so she has got a little script going on there.
“And I think that shows it’s quite a challenge for her, doing anything in public where she’s got to speak, or appear as Camilla the future Queen.
“I think she still finds it quite challenging, I think she is better one-to-one with people.”
In contrast, Ms James lauded Princess Anne for her video-conferencing style.
She said: “I must admit, we don’t really see a lot of her, but suddenly there she is appearing on video.
““And I suddenly thought, we should all adore the woman, actually!
“It was a lovely bit of retro, and good for her.”
However, it was the Duchess of Cambridge who Ms James said has emerged as really finding her niche during lockdown.
She said: “She’s not the most adept public speaker, and I think she still finds that slightly uncomfortable.
“But put her in front of that video camera and I think she has suddenly found her niche.”
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