Body Language Expert Says Prince William and Kate Middleton Should Show More PDA Like Other ‘Openly Romantic’ Royals

Prince William and Kate Middleton were in rare form during their recent Caribbean tour by showing some PDA. The royal couple, who were married in 2011 and today have three children together, were seen affectionately touching one another and even holding hands. Because this is a far cry from how the pair usually conducts themselves in public, many royal fans and experts alike took notice.

Now, a body language expert is suggesting that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge act more like some other loved-up royals instead of looking icy or restrained.

Prince William and Kate Middleton holding hands as they attend a reception together
Prince William and Kate Middleton holding hands as they attend a reception together | Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage

Other royals show plenty of PDA

Body language expert Judi James spoke to Express and compared William and Kate’s lack of PDA to European royals who show affection in public quite often.

“The body language between Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands is a joy to watch,” James said, before noting: “Hand-in-hand in a tulip field, his beaming smiles with his rounded-apple-shaped cheeks are mirrored in her own beaming smiles of authentic happiness. Their togetherness signals mark them out as a couple, with torso closeness and signs of pride and fondness for each other. Even in more formal eveningwear, they prove you can do elegant and loving at the same time. He places one arm around his wife’s shoulders and she nestles in against him lovingly.”

James added: “Crown Prince Frederick and Princess Mary of Denmark are another royal couple happy to signal their own closeness and happy affection. Their torsos are often welded together and at their wedding, they did several balcony kisses. This included taking it in turns to plant some very tender kisses on each other’s heads before kissing fully on the mouth.

“Even the more elegant and regal-looking King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain will frequently use some openly romantic and loving displays, including tender face-touching or bouts of eye contact.”

Body language expert thinks Prince William and Kate should be more like those royals

Kate Middleton lightly touches Prince William's back at The Bahamas Platinum Jubilee Sailing Regatta
Kate Middleton lightly touches Prince William’s back at The Bahamas Platinum Jubilee Sailing Regatta | Samir Hussein/WireImage

James suggested the prince and his wife take a page out of the European royals’ playbook.

“Looking at the body language of other European royalty does prompt the question: Why are [British] royals so touch and PDA averse? For U.K. royals there seems to be a belief that tactile, affectionate, and openly romantic rituals will damage the royal veneer,” James said. “But a study of the happily relaxed and loving signals between some of their European counterparts suggests their displays could add to the royal charisma rather than erode it.”

She continued: “For the queen’s generation the rather rigid formality was probably traditional and these more icy displays seem to have been inherited by Prince Charles in his DNA. This generational trait clearly had other compelling reasons thanks to Charles’ divorce. But even though maintaining a hands-off distancing with Camilla might have been seen as tactful initially given their circumstances, there are no excuses for a lack of thawing now that she is fully integrated into the royal Firm. Even William and Kate are restrained in their signals of love and passion together, rarely performing anything but the most low-key PDAs despite being in a loving and drama-free marriage.

“Perhaps some of these other royal couples could provide a role model for the Cambridges when they do finally ascend to the throne.”

Another expert says the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a ‘fantastic union,’ PDA or not

Prince William and Kate Middleton showed some PDA with the duchess resting her hand on the duke's during a visit to Abaco
Prince William and Kate Middleton showed some PDA with the duchess resting her hand on the duke’s during a visit to Abaco | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Another body language expert and astrologer, Inbaal Honigman, gave her take on the Cambridges.

Honigman opined that PDA or not, it’s clear William and Kate have “a fantastic union” and that shines through whenever they’re together.

“Their eyes usually look in the same direction, which is a sign of a fantastic union,” she told Express. “[They] are determined to achieve their goals together. They are united in their joint mission, as a couple and as royals.”

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