Camilla shows ‘high levels of anxiety’ and ‘happy’ to let Charles take ‘centre stage’

Prince Charles and Camilla visit Theatre Royal Drury Lane

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Camilla Parker Bowles is a senior working member of the Royal Family and will often visit charities and organisations on her duties. As well as appearing with Prince Charles, the Duchess will often make solo visits. 

She is patron to more than 100 organisations, and is kept very busy in her royal role.

Although Camilla should be Queen Consort when Charles succeeds his mother and becomes King, the married couple have decided against this title.

The Duchess will be known as Princess Consort when Charles takes to the throne.

Before the couple married at Windsor Guildhall, Clarence House confirmed the news.

A statement said: “It is intended that Mrs. Parker Bowles should use the title HRH The Princess Consort when The Prince of Wales accedes to The Throne.”

Despite Camilla having been a royal for several years, body language expert Judi James explained that she still shows “high levels of anxiety”.

She said: “Camilla always has an air of quiet caution in public and her gestures often suggest high levels of anxiety.

“She looks perfectly happy to have her husband take centre stage and to take her lead from him rather than raising her profile or stepping out of his shadow.

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“This perfectly defines the kind of complementary relationship that might not be for everyone but which works for both Charles and Camilla.

“Any more intimate signals tend to be reserved for the kind of official photos they have taken for birthdays and anniversaries and in these we do get a glimpse of a much more openly fond relationship as Camilla relaxes and switches out of her more formal royal role.”

Recent pictures of the couple show Charles a few feet in front of Camilla at all times.

Judi explained: “Charles usually pulls rank when he appears with Camilla, walking and posing slightly ahead of her and rarely referencing her or communicating with her openly in a way that would suggest she is one half of a very equal royal double act.

“When they appear together it is very much Charles’ show that he is the star of.

“As a result of this one-sided balancing act Charles appears able to dress a little more flamboyantly; show a little more emotion; entertain more and to present a more confident image than he seemed in the year when Camilla was not openly by his side.”

The couple’s most recent outing to Hyde Park when they thanked Royal Parks staff for their hard work keeping public spirits up during the pandemic.

Judi added: “What the couple have are body language signals of togetherness that are now unique in the royal firm.

“William and Kate are like peas in a pod in terms of their power, status and performance signals and Sophie and Edward seem to have settled into a balance where Sophie tends to take the lead.

“The set-up might sound unfair and even old-fashioned in this era of sexuality equality but all Camilla and Charles’ body language cues together suggest it suits them both perfectly.”

According to the expert, the Duchess’ body language shows support towards Charles when they are together.

Judi concluded: “Her gestures show signs of support and flattery and her attentive signals are prompted primarily by Charles rather than the cameras or even their hosts.”

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