A body language expert has weighed in on Kate Middleton’s behaviour at Archie’s Christening

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened at St George’s Chapel on Saturday in an intimate and private ceremony, attended by close family and friends.

The Archbishop of Canterbury christened the newborn, and while their Godparent choices have not been made public, the royal couple did release a series of official portraits.

‘This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby,’ read the caption alongside a series of photos on the Sussex Royal Instagram account.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment.’

But it wasn’t the nod to Princess Diana or the Queen’s absence that got everyone talking about the portraits, instead it was Prince William and Kate Middleton’s facial expressions that went viral.

People were quick to point out that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked noticeably uncomfortable in the official photographs, adding to rumours of the Fab Four’s fallout.

Body language expert Judi James weighed in on the official portraits to the Daily Mail and her thoughts were pretty interesting.

‘With a very relaxed and jolly-looking Camilla down one end of this pose, Kate sits at the other looking oddly self-diminished and prim, with her arms pulled into her torso and a part-smile on her face,’ Judi James reportedly explained of the photo.

She continued: ‘Given all the rift rumours the rather “ready to flee” tension in her pose could be seen as awkwardness but it could also show a desire to lower her own status signals and not upstage the happy couple.’

Well, that’s that.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

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