Looks can kill and pictures are worth a thousand words. Body language expert and psychologist Denise Dechamps van Body Language Academy know that like no other. Previously, she analyzed Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey – where it quickly became clear that “they haven’t processed their emotions yet.” During Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, Denise also noticed a lot about the expressions on the faces of the British royals.
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There is more to read from an image that appeared last week than from all the images on this day, Denise Dechamps says when we call her. ‘We can clearly see here that Kate and William raise their left eyebrows, which often has to do with disbelief and sarcasm. Meghan and Harry also have a certain expression on their faces; in Meghan we see especially sadness. I’m curious what happened here.’ On the other hand, there is less to conclude from today’s images. And that can be for several reasons, explains Denise. ‘A day like this is full of protocols and rules; it is understandable if the members of the royal family are more focused on this than on their grief. Besides, they have been mourning for ten days. The hats and veils don’t make it any easier either.’ In addition, there was recently rumored that Kate Middleton would have done baby botox. Kensington Palace immediately disproved the suspicion, as is always the case with this kind of ‘news’. ‘If Kate did do Botox, it would have a big effect on how we can read her emotions. Every muscle in your face produces its own micro-expression. If you paralyze it, which you do with botox, expressions are harder to read.’
Camilla and Charles seem opposites
What stood out this morning was the smile on Camilla’s face. ‘That smile is feigned, it comes from courtesy. It’s clearly not a genuine smile of joy.’ King Charles twitched his mouth a number of times today, a micro-expression with great meaning: ‘This movement may indicate that he feels superior. It could also be related to certain pride as we saw the expression several times today. In addition, he is clearly emotional in other images, which can be read from the position of his face.’
One thing is clear: Prince Harry is very emotional today. ‘With Harry you can see a clear ‘inverted U-shape’ between his eyebrows. When you are sad or have to cry, this is the last muscle you can keep in the fold. Your mouth is easier to influence. So pure emotion emerges from this look.’
William holds emotions
Prince William also shows emotion, but keeps it clearly. ‘In several photos you can see that he is actively opening his nostrils and even clenching his jaw. In addition, at times I saw the “inverted U-shape” with him, just like with Harry. Based on the images, there is a good chance that William is holding back his tears and doing everything he can to control his emotions.’
Botox or no botox, and protocols or not, it remains a sad affair. Let’s just hope that the royals can give their emotions free space behind closed doors.