Sunday, 19 May 2024

Prince William ‘feeling some nerves’ during US trip without Kate, says expert

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Prince William is “feeling some manner of nerves” during his solo trip to New York without Princess Kate, according to a body language expert, who has pinpointed the key signs displayed in his actions.

A beaming Prince of Wales arrived on Monday, saying it was “so good” to be back in the US. He has returned to New York without his wife after the couple made the trip together last December.

William is seemingly thoroughly enjoying himself, meeting the UN Secretary-General and wading through the waters of New York City during a visit to an oyster reef restoration project before he delivers a speech at the Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit this evening.

But despite this, a body language expert believes the prince is not as confident as when he is around Princess Kate – and has explained the telltale signs he has displayed.

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Darren Stanton, speaking on behalf of Betfair Bingo, said: “While Kate is naturally quite confident during both solo and joint engagements, William appears more sure of himself when in the company of his wife.

“While he still holds himself in a way that would be perceived as a confident manner to the public, gestures like placing his hands in his pockets and his smile not seeming as engaged would signal that he is feeling some manner of nerves during his solo trip.

He continued: “Kate is William’s rock and we often see him letting her take the lead during their joint engagements, with the Royal happy to watch on proudly as she takes charge during interactions.

“Out solo, William takes a more reserved approach and isn’t as animated as he can be when joined by Kate.

“The use of minimal gestures during his first outing in New York is similar to those made by the late Queen when appearing publicly. He chooses to have more of an understated yet stoic presence.”

Princess Kate may not have accompanied William to New York, but she is still having a busy week back in the UK with Royal Family engagements, visiting a Royal Navy air base in Somerset.

Navy officials were “in awe of her”, according to Stanton, and that “it made no difference to her” she was attending the engagement without William, as she has “stepped up” and her “independence” has evolved since the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

He said: “Kate wore an elegant blazer and it’s as if she could be a part of the Royal Navy herself.

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“We saw her crouching down, and speaking with fully engaged eye contact – which proves she is always one for having a go and mucking in, and people love that about her.

“Her gestures were confident, open, and honest, with those interacting with Kate on the day absolutely in awe of her and enjoying being in her presence.”

The body language expert added: “Kate definitely put the officers at ease. You can tell she has a very caring, and nurturing nature about her – even with people she’s never met before.

“Looking at her genuine smiles, I know there was a big level of trust between her and the people she was interacting with.

“We then saw her shaking hands with people, and people formed a circle around her, so she was very much the centre of attention.

“You can see how much she’s evolved in terms of her independence. She has completely stepped up – especially after the passing of the Queen.

“Kate seemed to be consistently confident, as she would be with William. It made no difference to her that she was doing it alone, and she seemed to be enjoying every moment.”

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