PRINCESS CHARLOTTE appeared to be “leading” rather than following Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William during a recent royal engagement, according to an expert.
The seven-year-old sparked a frenzy when she joined her parents in Birmingham last week to watch some of the athletes competing at the Commonwealth Games. Princess Charlotte sat next to her parents in the stands at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre before following Kate and William for a meeting with one of the Duchess’ patronages, SportsAid.
During their day out, Charlotte was spotted mimicking some of the gestures and poses made by her parents. Body language expert Judi James agrees the young royals showed in Birmingham she is “picking up two sets of body language skills” from her parents. However, the fourth-in-line to the throne also showed an impressive level of confidence last week, Ms James added, which “appeared to be having the effect of ‘leading'”.
The expert told Express.co.uk: “What we are also seeing at the Commonwealth Games though is a new set of body language behaviours from Charlotte that appear to be having the effect of ‘leading’ rather than copying her parents, suggesting her confidence levels are high enough in public for her to be influencing them as well as the other way round. “She led her mother into their seats and she also seems to be leading the way when it comes to relaxing and having fun.
“Charlotte’s facial expressions that include tongue-poking, wide rounded eyes and all the more spontaneous, fun traits she showed as she watched the sporting action are not body language rituals that we tend to see from the much more reserved William and Kate in public. “Even her emphatic ‘thumbs up’ gets a jovial ‘shocked’ reaction from her dad, making it her own ritual rather than one copied from him.
“Overall though we can see that they led to some gentle mimicry from both Kate and William, with Kate, in particular, widening her own eyes and later opening her mouth in a way that is similar to her daughter’s rituals of enjoyment.” Charlotte’s vivid expressions were noticed also by members of the public, with some drawing a comparison between Kate and William’s daughter and their younger son Prince Louis.
The four-year-old stole the show during his appearances at the Platinum Jubilee weekend with his adorable reactions to the RAF flypast and the Pageant. While Princess Charlotte showed a degree of independence during her recent outing, Ms James also noticed the set of skills she is learning from her parents.
She said: “As we grow older we often acquire different traits that might be learned from our peers or other role models but many of the traits that Charlotte is showing here might probably be with her for her lifetime, like the style of clapping she uses with the fingers curled as they part or the way she and her parents all lean forward with their hands in a semi-steeple when they are engrossed in something.