‘A rather distant relationship’: Body language expert discusses Charles and Edward ‘rift’

Prince Edward discusses future Duke of Edinburgh title

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After Prince Philip’s death in April, it was made clear the Duke of Edinburgh title would be inherited by Prince Edward.

However, reports suggest Prince Charles will attempt to block this from happening once he is crowned King.

Body language expert Judi James told Express.co.uk, “Sibling rivalry was clearly at the heart of many of the problems between William and Harry and became visible in their body language together, but the sibling relationship between Charles and Edward is much more complex and, in many ways, less stereotypical.

“While William and Harry were close enough in age to compete almost constantly and share the kind of banter that can easily lead to rifts between siblings, Charles was sixteen when his youngest brother was born.

“With two other siblings standing between them, there only ever appeared to be a rather distant adult/child relationship, with few photos of the pair enjoying any meaningful moments of bonding or rapport appearing over the years.

“In historic family photos, Charles would often appear as the ‘outsider’, sitting looking reflective or dreamy on the edge of the action while little Edward was right in the heart, getting all the attention and all the fussing, smiles and love.”

Richard Eden, the editor of The Daily Mail’s Diary, reported Prince Philip “pledged” the title to Edward all his life.

Charles as King does not want to create new titles, so refusing the Duke of Edinburgh title would be in line with his promises.

That title would then be passed down each generation, which would contradict Charles’s plans of just having the monarchy be the direct line to the throne.

Since Prince Philip’s death and the drama surrounding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex have been much more prominent in the media.

Judi suggests this could have upset Prince Charles, who famously doesn’t like the spotlight taken off him as he will be the future monarch.

“Edward and Sophie have both blossomed as top tier royals recently and become extremely popular with royal fans for their natural style of communication and Sophie’s ability to show her emotions more openly but elegantly.

“Diana told how Charles became jealous of her popularity and if there is a rift between these brothers the clues to the causes could be in that trait, making the ‘Wessex fatigue’ claims have the potential ring of truth.”

Edward told the BBC in June very diplomatically, “It was fine in theory, ages ago when it was sort of a pipe dream of my father’s and of course it will depend on whether or not the Prince of Wales, when he becomes king, whether he’ll do that, so we’ll wait and see.”

Judi continued, “There are no real signals of any historic rifts or growing animosity between these brothers, just a rather ‘parental’ approach from Charles to Edward, albeit a more distant rather than close one.

“Edward normally looks delighted to be in his eldest brother’s company, using intense eye contact and wearing a wide, beaming smile that, with the raised and rounded cheeks and eye-crinkling, looks genuinely warm.

“Whereas Charles takes the more ‘adult’ role. His eyes look down and his smile is more tempered and controlled.

“The hand on the arm touch ritual is his but it appears to be a gesture that is a blend between affection and control, as though he is trying to quash the joke or the laugh rather than encourage it.”

The implication is the massive age gap between Charles and Edward suggests the relationship between the two is more parental than brotherly.

“The lack of majorly negative-looking engagement between Charles and Edward suggests any decision taken about the title might come from an attitude rooted in the age gap between them.

“Charles might consider a more parental, dominant approach was more suitable than an empathetic and more relaxed or even generous one.

“Edward and Sophie bridge the generational gap in the Firm and always appear closer to William and Kate than Charles and Camilla.

“Sophie, in particular, looks very friendly with Kate and has tellingly been enlisted as ‘buffer and support’ when the Cambridges and Sussex’s got together in public.”

Once Charles is crowned King only then will royal watchers learn whether Edward inherits the Duke of Edinburgh title.

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