Zara Tindall’s body language is ‘playful but protective’ with ‘reserved’ Prince Charles

Zara Tindall 'enjoyed' an 'unroyal' life says expert

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Zara Tindall and Prince Charles have crossed paths at various events during their time in the Royal Family. When doing so, a body language expert opened up on the surprising relationship of the royals.

Prince Charles has a very senior role in the Royal Family as he is second in line to the British throne.

While Zara is the eldest granddaughter of the Queen, she has enjoyed a more low-key life than other royals.

That is because she was not given a royal title when she was born and has forged a career as a sportswomen, away from the monarchy.

That hasn’t stopped her from being seen at key royal events before coronavirus restrictions were enforced, however.

Zara and Prince Charles have shown to have a close relationship, body language expert Judi James commented.

She said: “The body language dynamic between Zara and her uncle Charles has been giving joy for many years.

“If you were to place all the royals on some sliding scale of PDAs and tactile behaviour in public you’d see Charles close to one end as a rather hands-off, stuffy-looking kind of a guy while Zara would sit firmly at the other end as the most spontaneous and gloriously-gregarious-looking royal adult. 

“Put the two together and you might expect Zara to tone her playfully affectionate rituals down with her uncle.

“But instead she seems intent on cutting through any formal stuff by instigating some very dominant-looking hugs that seem to both surprise and delight the Prince.”

Despite having “differences” the expert claimed they appear to get on very well, with Zara looking “protective” of her uncle.

“Zara is clearly very fond of her uncle and in terms of showing that affection in public she just goes for it, taking the lead in a way that makes her look rather protective of him,” Judi continued.

“Charles is much more reserved in terms of his reciprocal signals but his wide grins and his close-quarters eye contact suggests he’s a very doting uncle to his sister’s consistently upbeat and fun-looking daughter.

“They might be chalk and cheese, with Charles’s more considered and often anxious-looking body language displays.

“But it’s Zara whose spontaneous approach wins every time, creating some cautiously jolly responses from Charles.”

Zara and Prince Charles have most often been seen at racing events, such as Royal Ascot.

During these, Judi claimed the royals have a “playful” relationship, which is not often seen in the Royal Family.

The expert concluded: “Zara’s trick with Charles seems to be the neck embrace, which is both dominant, emphatic and escape-proof when she meets him.

“[In one photo] she keeps some torso distance but places a rather protective arm around his upper shoulders with her fingers touching his neck.

“Her more confident pose involves some leg-splay plus a hand in a fist-shape on her own waist and the elbow stuck out.

“Charles’s pose is more passive, with his hands clasped behind his back, but their eye-to-eye contact and head closeness signals an easy-going and playful relationship.”

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