Prince William “protective” of his family in new royal Christmas card

The Cambridges' 2020 Christmas card suggests his role

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge socially distances as he speaks with service users during a visit to the Garden House of the Light Project in Peterborough
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Prince William and Duchess Catherine’s 2020 Christmas card has been released and it shows how the prince is “protective” of his family. 

The adorable family photograph features proud parents Prince William and Duchess Catherine, arranged around their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. This year’s Christmas card was a brilliantly seasonal affair with the family wearing winter jumpers and posing in front of an stack of logs.

After the never before seen photograph was shared on social media, royal fans have been quick to praise the family. Many have noticed an uncanny resemblance between Prince Louis and his grandfather Michael Middleton, whilst others have compared Princess Charlotte to the Queen.

Now body language expert Judi James has revealed her thoughts on Prince William’s stance in the photograph and it’s more than a little intriguing...

What does Prince William’s body language suggest about his family role?

As reported in the Daily Express, Judi James has analysed the Cambridges’ 2020 Christmas card and revealed to FEMAIL that Prince William is showing his desire to protect his family. His affection for wife Duchess Catherine is also clear.

Ms James reportedly said: “William leans his head in towards his wife here in a small lowering gesture of deference and affection that also suggests strong respect for the strength of his family unit”. 

And that’s not all as the Duke of Cambridge’s smile is thought to be another huge clue as to his role within the family.

“His smile involves a tightening of the muscles of the top lip and a small puckering of the brows at the bridge of the nose, both of which suggest a desire to also look very manly and protective of his family,” Ms James revealed.

What else can be learned from the Cambridges’ Christmas card photograph? 

That’s not all as Ms. James also looked into the body language of Duchess Catherine and the couple’s three young children. The expert suggested that the Duchess “looks very much the leader of the pack”.

She is “sitting upright like the backbone of the family and greeting the camera with direct eye contact that signals high levels of confidence”. 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, attend a special pantomime performance at London's Palladium Theatre

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And despite being only 5 years old, it seems that her daughter Princess Charlotte is already following in her mother’s footsteps. “Charlotte is challenging her mother’s role as the most confident-looking member of the family group here,” Ms. James disclosed.

Speaking of the Cambridge royals as a whole, she said: “They pose as a very tight, bonded unit”.

This bond has seen the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children rise to become some of the most popular royals. So much so that the royal couple are believed to be amongst the senior royals included in the Queen’s new “firm of eight” that has reportedly been put together.

It is believed that these eight royal family members will conduct royal engagements together. Those thought to be in this group were pictured together on the steps of Windsor Castle recently.

It seems clear that Prince William holds a very important position within the wider Royal Family, as well as within his own loving Cambridge royal family.

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!