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A body language expert analysed this new image, released after the Duchess and her husband faced a wave of trolling in the past year. After season four of The Crown, which focused on the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Camilla and Charles’ social media accounts were hit by abuse.
However, an expert claimed Camilla is holding her head high for her new campaign.
Body language expert Judi James told Express.co.uk: “In the face of criticism and trolling after The Crown re-ignited some of the anger over her role in the breakdown of Charles and Diana’s marriage, Camilla appears to have attempted to come back fighting here, pulling out all the stops in terms of trying to present a look of confidence and stoicism with this official photo to launch her new literary campaign.”
Camilla wore a bright red, drawing the eye, Judi said.
She explained: “The dress is in a strong, attention-seeking statement red to suggest strong passions like love and even anger as well as matching the curtains behind her in their rather regal tone.
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“The styling is tailored rather than soft and the piping verticals at the front give it an almost military look.
“Most of this confident styling looks more like window-dressing, though, rather than a reflection of an authentic mood.”
The Duchess’s facial expression shows bravado, according to the expert.
“Standing by the open window in the sunshine, Camilla sports a wide smile and her make-up appears a little heavier and more dramatic than usual,” Judi said.
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“However, several of her non-verbal signals suggest inner tension and wariness behind this façade of cheeriness.
“Camilla’s smile only reveals her upper teeth and the way she has raised her mouth to create it raises her cheeks in a gesture that looks as though it took some effort.
“Her dress is gaping around the neck, suggesting her shoulders have raised as the muscles contracted with tension.
“Her left arm hangs close to her torso and slightly in front, suggesting a desire to create a barrier or to hide.
“The right hand is placed on a pile of books but not in a way that looks natural.
“Just as the books have been placed to keep their titles hidden from the camera here.
“Camilla looks as though she has been posed in a way to conceal her inner feelings, but this bravado-based styling does little to convince that she has genuinely bounced back in terms of confidence and status.”
Fans were quick to praise the Duchess and her new initiative.
One wrote: “At a time in life when most ladies are retired this one is giving back big time, congrats to HRH.”
Another said: “What a wonderful start to this New Year.”
“This is the most amazing thing that has happened in quite a long time… I’m so excited about it and can’t wait for the 15th!” another remarked.
One said: “Wonderful project! Books are a treasure!”
Another said: “The first book is fantastic! Any encouragement of literacy is to be commended.”
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