The Duke of York appeared “unruly” as he escorted the Queen to Prince Philip’s memorial service, despite cold shoulders from other royals, says a body language expert
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Prince Andrew looked “defiant” at the memorial service for Prince Philip, where he was eclipsed by all royals but the Queen, a body language expert is reported to have said.
The Duke of York escorted the Queen from Windsor Castle to the Thanksgiving of Life service at Westminster Abbey but was left cold by other members of the royal family.
Surprisingly, after being removed from public life and paying suspected millions to settle a civil sexual assault case involving Virginia Giuffre, Andrew was given a prominent role alongside his mother.
But their warmth didn’t seem to be shared by other royals, said body language expert Judi James, who claimed they “pretended not even to see him”.
Only Prince Harry and Meghan Markle of the Senior Royals were absent from the service, which was also attended by friends and people who benefited from his charities and patronage.
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With around 1,800 in attendance at the Thanksgiving event, it was a very different scene to Philip’s funeral last year, which was held with minimal mourners due to Covid restrictions.
Andrew took his place next to Edward in the front row of the church after escorting the Queen.
Mrs James said that Daily Mail: “As he took his place next to Edward, he cut an isolated but defiant figure, but there were no looks or even nods and no discernible eye contact. The eye avoidance seemed deliberate, with most of the company staring straight ahead as if barely noticing him.”
She pointed out that on other occasions, Edward and Sophie have been used as buffers by the royal family, but this time there was no “warmth.”
And she refined the close relationship the Queen has with Andrew.
“The message from the Queen about her prodigal son Andrew looked unequivocal today. As her eldest son Charles is fond of saying, this is clearly a ‘non-negotiable’ relationship now,” Ms James said.
“Not only did she choose her second son to accompany and support her as she walked into the Abbey, which was the first time she had been seen in public accepting help from anyone, she also paused before they parted to take their seats and toss him a smile of thanks in front of British and foreign royalty, as well as the eyes of the rest of the world.”
The body language expert also sensed a “non-verbal arrogance” from Andrew, which she picked up on by the wave he gave photographers.
“Andrew’s posture was upright and almost military. Those glasses on the tip of his nose suggested that his penchant for non-verbal arrogance still persists, while his waving at the cameras could be seen as a win of sorts,” Ms James added.
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