Prince William ‘came across as anxious’ after adopting ‘similar gestures’ to King Charles

A body language expert has claimed the Prince of Wales used to appear ‘nervous’ with his gestures but now he’s ‘grown in confidence’...

Prince William ‘came across as anxious’ with gestures, seen here with King Charles attending day one of Royal Ascot
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Prince William reportedly “came across as anxious” with his body language after previously adopting “similar gestures” to King Charles a body language expert has claimed.


Following Queen Elizabeth's passing at Balmoral, King Charles paid tribute to his “darling mama” in his first address to the nation - a speech that also saw him confirm that Prince William and Kate Middleton were now Prince and Princess of Wales. In the days following the end of the royal mourning period, Prince William and Kate paid a special visit to Wales. Here the couple, who lived on Anglesey in North Wales for three years, were welcomed to Wales by a determined royal fan. The Prince and Princess of Wales’ trip was likely made all the more special given their connection with the country and their first official joint engagement was in Wales too. 

Back in 2011, a few months before Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, they stepped out at an RNLI station on Anglesey. Now a body language expert has compared the royals at both engagements and claims that Prince William used to “come across as anxious” with “similar gestures” to King Charles…

Prince William and Kate Middleton officially launch the new RNLI lifeboat 'Hereford Endeavour'

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Analyzing the Prince and Princess of Wales on behalf of Betfair Bingo (opens in new tab), body language and behavioral expert Darren Stanton has reflected upon their behavior during their Swansea trip last month and their engagement in Anglesey in February 2011. And according to him, Prince William once often displayed “gestures” that he “inherited” from his father. 

“William has also developed greatly in his levels of confidence and gravitas, especially in the last few years,” Darren claimed pensively. “He previously adopted similar gestures to that of his father King Charles, and would often come across as anxious or nervous.”

Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive for a naming ceremony for the new Royal National Lifeboat Institution's (RNLI) Atlantic 85 lifeboat

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Highlighting two of these that fans might not have spotted at the time, Darren went on to express his belief that these are acts of “self-reassurance” from Prince William.

“During the first engagement with Kate, he was seen playing with cufflinks on his shirt - something Charles is often seen doing. This is a self-reassurance gesture, which basically means he wasn’t very confident in the situation,” the expert claimed. “The other key gesture that Prince William has inherited from his father is placing his hand inside his jacket.”

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales at the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games

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Comparing the Prince of Wales’ body language then to now, Darren added that, these reported gestures aren’t seen as much as they previously were.

“Nowadays, we do not see nearly as many self-reassurance gestures that William used to make,” he alleged. “This proves he has grown in confidence and is secure within his position as Prince of Wales and future King.”

Prince William is now first in the royal line of succession and has spent many years as a senior working royal, compared to 2011 when he was still a Search and Rescue Pilot in the RAF.

Both he and King Charles grew up in the royal spotlight and have had to cope with the pressure of preparing for their future as monarchs. It’s perhaps understandable in light of this that father and son might occasionally have shown gestures of “self-reassurance” at public engagements.

Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales during their visit to the RNLI

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Now King and Prince of Wales respectively, both royals have taken on even more responsibilities in recent weeks. It’s lovely to think that where Prince William once came “across as anxious” Darren believes he’s feeling “secure” and filled with more “confidence” going forwards. 

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.