Prince William discussed his fathers illness in an interview conducted over video link. He and his wife Kate rang into the BBC for the unprecedented interview.
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The prince said of his father’s coronavirus battle: “I have to admit, at first I was quite concerned.
“He fits the profile of somebody, at the age he is at, which is fairly risky. And so I was a little bit worried.
“But my father has had many chest infections, colds, things like that over the years, and so I thought to myself, if anybody is going to be able to beat this, it’s going to be him.”
A body language expert analysed the clip and gave her professional opinion to Express.co.uk.
TV body language expert Judi James claimed William showed “concern and a consideration of the future” during the interview.
While he spoke calmly, he also showed “masked anxieties” and “relief” that his father recovered from the killer illness.
The expert said: “Now that he is fully recovered, the stark reality of Prince Charles’s illness is that for what must have been a brief but unsettling period of time it looked horribly feasible that William might have found himself stepping into the role of king sooner than expected.
“His assessment and comments here might suggest a kind of upbeat bravado but his underlying and much subtler body language signals suggest levels of concern and a consideration of the future.
“As a trained rescue pilot William will have been immersed in the culture of projecting calm efficiency under pressure but there are a couple of body language cues that hint at some masked anxieties.”
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“His head goes back as he begins to discuss the subject as though he might prefer to separate himself from the camera,” Judi explained.
“Previously he and Kate had been leaning forward towards the screen to have a very open and cheerful-looking chat, but here his head tilts up and his eyes roll upward and initially to his right in what looks like a note of caution about what he is about to reveal.
“His brows rise too, with one at an asymmetric angle that suggests he is trying hard to keep his tone light.”
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, also showed some signs she was tense as her husband addressed the issue of his father’s illness.
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The expert said the Duchess appeared to mirror her husband’s distress.
“Kate’s reaction changes at this point too, her smile drops and her lips purse as she turns to look at her husband’s face and the way one hand rises to flick her hair over her shoulder suggests some mirrored distress around this difficult subject,” Judi said.
“William manages a calm, measured and factual vocal tone as he tells us his father’s age and profile made it ‘very risky’ his eyes perform some accelerated blinking and his body a small rocking gesture that both hint at high levels of concern and worry at the time.”
William is the consummate professional, but there are small signs that give away his emotional state, according to the expert.
Judi said: “He will only admit to being ‘a little bit worried’ but a small, gasping laugh hints at his current levels of relief. He tells us his father was ‘very lucky’ but the way he crossed his arms over his lap at that point in a self-protective gesture makes his performed smile look incongruent.”
“It’s only when he gets on the firmer ground of letting us know how his father missed his walks when he was ill that his eyes stop flicking from the upper right to the upper left to suggest a combination of past memories and future considerations and he is able to adopt a more relaxed approach.”
However, despite their concern for Charles, Kate and William have been putting their first foot forward.
In fact, an expert has claimed “Britain is falling in love” with Kate Middleton amid coronavirus.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited 111 workers, and spoke to children of key workers at a school.
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