Duchess of Cambridge is under “extra pressure” according to body language expert

Her latest appearance has indicated that she could be feeling stressed

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge reveals that she will be announcing the results of her public survey ‘5 Big Questions on the Under Fives’ later this week in a video posted on social media, on November 23
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The Duchess of Cambridge’s most recent appearance has shown indications she’s under additional pressure, according to a body language expert.

The Duchess of Cambridge always looks impeccable, effortlessly styled, whether she's in timeless Missoma earrings or an elegant scallop Boden cardigan. But her appearance has come under scrutiny in a recent video, for a very different reason. Duchess Catherine took to social media yesterday to announce the extraordinary response she’s had to her latest project

The 5 Big Questions on the Under 5s has received over 500,000 responses from the public and Catherine is set to announce the full results later this week.

The duchess warmly talked through the project and revealed that this is “just the beginning” for early years development research.

Why has the Duchess of Cambridge's video got people talking?

Whilst the Duchess of Cambridge was as positive as ever when discussing the project, several people commented on the video, concerned about her appearance.

One wrote: “sad eyes Princess Catherine”, whilst another suggested that it is the recent loss of her family dog that has had an effect, writing: “She looks not ok after Lupo passed away”. 

Another Instagram user asked: ‘Was she crying before this? Or too tired?’ 

This sentiment was shared, with another writing:  ‘She looks like she has cried’. 

What could have caused this change in body language?

Body language expert Nick Davies has suggested to the Express that Duchess Catherine’s supposed tiredness could be due to “extra pressure”.

He spoke of how: “with Harry and Meghan leaving royal duties, she has extra pressure on her”. Davies also remarked upon Catherine “showing signs of slightly puffy eyes”, suggesting this “could be from a lack of rest, or possibly crying” as some royal fans thought. 

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2018

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And it’s not just Duchess Catherine’s eyes which could be indicating further strain. Davies also spoke of the “micro-expression of sadness” that can be glimpsed in the final second of the video.

He reveals that it comes after Catherine says “We’re all in this together”. In what is already a challenging time for everyone across the globe, it seems that “she too is likely suffering from stress and sadness”.

How has the pandemic added to royal responsibilities?

Whilst the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have had a significant part to play in the Royal Family for some time now, this has only been added to by recent events. 

With the Duke and Duchess of Sussex standing down as senior royals, Prince William and Duchess Catherine have had to step up even more. And the pandemic has made matters even more difficult as the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are all classed as “vulnerable” to covid-19 due to their age. 

In the past, royal expert Kate Nicholl has reportedly spoken of how “the Palace is keen to downplay rumours of the Queen retiring or even scaling back”. However she has said, “the reality is that we have seen the Cambridges stepping up to the plate more now than ever before.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been working tirelessly during this challenging year. Both have made regular video appearances, met with key workers and shared insights into their lives and family.

As Nicholl has said: “We are a nation in the middle of a crisis and it’s times like this we turn to the Royal Family for support, comfort and hope.”

However much pressure she is under, Duchess Catherine is certainly providing the positivity we all need in our lives right now.

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.

Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 

After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!