Princess Charlene and Prince Albert’s stunning performance at the Rugby World Cup final was an example of them “trying too hard” amid persistent rumors about the state of their marriage, a body language expert has claimed.
Judi James, a UK-based expert, assessed the very affectionate body language of the Monegasque Royals as South Africa triumphed over the All Blacks to secure the World Cup title at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday evening.
As the couple, aged 45 and 65, hugged and appeared unable to keep their hands off each other, Judi explained the display was “uncomfortable”, with the princess leading the way while a confused prince responded.
She recalled a visit Prince Albert made during her long stay in Charlène’s native South Africa, during which she “clung to him like a limpet” during a photo shoot – and said the Monegasque king’s appearance at rugby was not dissimilar .
Judi also noted that Princess Charlene’s overall body language can be difficult to interpret during public appearances because it “vacillates between two opposite extremes.”
Princess Charlene and Prince Albert of Monaco’s overly affectionate appearance at the Rugby World Cup final was “too stressful”, body language expert Judi James has claimed
The expert said: “For most.” [Charlene’s] Apparently she will stand tall, stiff and statuesque, looking distant and terribly sad, with the most tragic expression in her eyes, even as she forces a smile on her face.
“But then, rarely but dramatically, she has a habit of engaging in extreme PDA like this.”
Judi added that Charlene was the one “leading the PDA” at the Stade de France, while Albert’s body language in response signaled that he was feeling “uncomfortable and slightly startled.”
She said: “Charlene’s excited handshake looks sweetly childlike here and she looks at her husband as if searching for a praising response.”
The royal couple, 45 and 65, looked very affectionate as Charlene watched South Africa triumph over the All Blacks at the Stade de France in Paris
Judi James says Charlene’s head on Albert’s shoulder was an attempt to show “date-like” body language
“She places a hand on Albert’s shoulder and moves in for a kiss, although her mouth is still open in a smile and her eyes are looking away, making the kiss distracting.”
As the mother-of-two leaned in to hug her husband in what Judi describes as “one of her signature clinging gestures,” Charlene’s husband’s reaction was “more subdued” as he placed his hands on her back.
“As they break the hug, he places a hand firmly on her shoulder in what seems like a gesture of restraint, as if excessive PDA isn’t really his style,” she said.
“Charlene even tilts her head on or toward her husband’s shoulder as she watches the game, in a gesture that seems to make their outing together seem more like a date.”
“She even uses the moment to show off her wedding ring, as if to signal ongoing romance and commitment.”
“There’s something awkward about these poses, however, as Charlene suddenly goes to great lengths to signal affectionate fun, which seems to catch Albert a little off guard.”
“Given the ongoing rumors about her marriage, it’s probably good to see her showing a desire to show affection to the world, but often it’s the smaller, more subtle signals a couple exchanges with each other that say the most, and don’t that guy who tries too hard.” by PDA.
As the couple embraced and a jubilant Charlene celebrated South Africa’s triumphant victory over New Zealand, the royals appeared united after months of speculation about their marriage.
Rumors circulated this summer that the couple were living separate lives and Charlene was spending much of her time in Switzerland.
German newspaper Voici reported that the couple co-parented their eight-year-old twins, Jacques and Gabriella, but that their marriage itself was “for appearances only” and that they were a “ceremonial couple.”
Princess Charlène of Monaco put on an enchanting show alongside her husband Prince Albert at the Rugby World Cup final in Paris on Saturday
However, the pair appeared to put such rumors to rest during the Rugby World Cup final when they stood incredibly close to each other while celebrating from the stands.
Last month Princess Charlene tried to quell persistent rumors that her marriage to Prince Albert was on the rocks, describing it as “exhausting”.
In a previous interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sierra, Albert said: “I don’t understand all these rumors about us that hurt me… they are lies.”
For her part, Charlene claims that she is “serene and happy” in her marriage, denying rumors that have surfaced in German and French media that she now “lives in Switzerland” and that her marriage was “solemn.”
Speaking to South African broadcaster News24 before her return last month, the princess, who shares twins Jacques and Gabriella with Prince Albert, said: “I find the rumours.” [about my marriage] tiring and tiring.’
The 45-year-old Queen was seen cheering and hugging Prince Albert as he congratulated her on her home country’s win over New Zealand at the Stade de France on Saturday evening
Mother-of-two Charlene, an athlete herself who won a silver medal in swimming at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, appeared to be in high spirits
The rare show of PDA follows months of speculation about the state of the royal couple’s marriage
During the game, Charlene and Albert were photographed watching up close and cheering from the stands
Earlier in the tournament, the royal couple attended the Rugby World Cup semi-final, where Charlene was seen in the air as her native South Africa beat England 16-15.
During the engagement, Charlene and Albert were photographed interacting with the South African players in their dressing room and cheering from the stands.
Charlene’s appearance yesterday followed her absence from a gala event the night before.
Prince Albert and his sister Princess Stephanie of Monaco honored their late parents at a glittering gala last week.
Both Charlene and the couple’s children – eight-year-old twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella – missed the gala.
Charlene looked typically chic in a gray coat, which she wore over a black turtleneck
Meanwhile, her signature pixie neckline was styled into a pretty side part, while she added even more glam with her statement gold hoop earrings
However, Stephanie’s children accompanied their mother to the event at the Monte Carlo Casino for the Centennial Ball dedicated to the late Prince Ranier III. paid tribute on the occasion of his 100th birthday.
To officially open the ball, Prince Albert and Princess Stephanie shared a lovely moment performing a ballroom dance together.
Before appearing at Rugby yesterday, Charlene’s last public appearance was earlier this month when she launched a new boat for the Monaco Maritime Police with her husband and his niece Charlotte Casiraghi, 37.
The boat they inaugurated, the Saint Georges Shuttle, is the newest addition to the police fleet. With a speed of 45 knots, it will be useful for sea rescues and other operations.