Sophie Wessex body language ‘changes’ with Prince Edward – avoids eclipsing him

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward are senior members of the Royal Family and will often appear together for engagements. The couple married in 1999 and now have two children, Lady Louise Windsor, 17, and James Viscount Severn, 13, who are regularly snapped with their parents.

Although the family are sometimes seen together as a four, the children’s lives are kept quite private.

The royals reside at their Bagshot Park mansion, located in Surrey.

As well as appearing together, Sophie and Edward also have several separate interests.

This means they will often be seen solo, and the Countess has even attended events on behalf of the Queen.

Speaking to, body language expert Judi James analysed Sophie’s body language when she is on her own compared to when she is with her husband, Edward.

Judi explained: “It’s interesting to see how much Sophie’s body language changes as she role-swaps from wife to front-line royal in her own right. 

“On solo events Sophie tends to look rather relaxed, energetic and keen and very much the royal poster girl for female equality. 

“She is openly, actively sociable, using very inclusive body language to suggest a strong trait of leadership. 

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“But she also looks fun. 

“Her smile lacks the ‘fixed’ traits of a traditional royal smile and, with her head slightly lowered, her eyes up and her eye expression engaged and engaging and her very congruent mouth smile that raised the cheeks and reaches the eyes, she looks more like an inspirational business leader, with a keenness to join in, with a very hands-on approach.”

However, according to the expert, the royal seems to “notch down the charisma” when she is with Edward.

This helps her to “avoid eclipsing” him.

Judi added: “Edward used to be quite the performer with a career in the theatre planned but as a more mature man he seems to be rather shy and happy to have Sophie provide the encouragement and confidence-boosting when the cameras around. 

“Her posture becomes less high-energy almost gently maternal and watchful, often standing with her hands clasped in front of her torso and her eyes on her husband.”

Analysing a recent photo of the couple from when they helped out at a charity, Judi explained: “It seems clear that the pair also exchange quite a few flirt signals too, like this eye-gazing and eye-smiling as they look at one another over the top of their masks.”

The couple are often seen smiling and laughing together, as well as showing subtle signs of affection.

The most recent visit from the couple came last month when they visited the Chelsea Flower Show.

Speaking previously to, Judi explained that Sophie had “perfected” her royal smile.

The expert said: “As she eyes up what must have been the biggest pumpkin in the show, Sophie manages to produce the trio of body language techniques that have recently singled her out as one of our most popular royals.

“Firstly, she has clearly perfected the royal smile, the kind of pitch-perfect symmetric grin that bares just the right amount of upper teeth and which, like Kate, she appears to be able to hold for very long periods of time without it looking rigid or fake.

“Sophie’s smile involves the right amount of creasing around the eyes and cheeks, while her lips look lacking in the kind of tension that would suggest effort or a lack of genuine happiness.”

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