No Time to Die: Royal family arrive at Bond movie premiere
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Last night, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the global premiere in London for the highly-anticipated James Bond film No Time to Die. Prince William and Kate took to the red carpet for the film, which marks the latest in the 007 franchise and the fifth installment starring Daniel Craig as the protagonist, following its delayed release thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
They were joined by William’s father and future king Prince Charles, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at the event, but according to a body language expert, the younger members of the Royal Family broke royal protocol in the process.
TV’s “Human Lie Detector” Darren Stanton, a former police detective turned celebrity behavioural expert teamed up with coffee retailer Coffee Friend to provide an insight on the couple’s appearance at the event.
He explained that the instance of seeing the couple, alongside William’s father and step-mother was “the first time that we have seen them in this environment at a big global entertainment event” and that William and Kate were “breaking usual royal protocol in blending in with everyday household celebrities.”
The expert said that younger royals were “almost part of the celebrity circuit” compared to the “awkwardness” of the older royals they appeared alongside.
A body language expert claimed the couple’s easy interactions with celebrities and film stars showed that the “line between royalty and celebrities is now closer than ever”.
The instance marked the first public appearance of the four senior members of the Royal Family to be pictured together since they appeared in Cornwall for the G7 summit in June.
Mr Stanton made reference to both the Cambridges, and to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who as younger royals have “opened up their lives to the public in such a way we have never seen before.”
At the event, Prince William and Kate were pictured holding hands, an act which Mr Stanton explained he can’t recall seeing similar to between Prince Philip and the Queen’s 73-year relationship.
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He also compared the Duke and Duchess’ interaction with the celebrities in attendance at the premiere hosted at the Royal Albert Hall.
He refers to events such as the Royal Variety performance where the Queen and Prince Phillip would walk along the line and meet the stars, and described their interactions as “a bit disjointed”, adding “non-verbally it has always appeared quite an awkward exchange of words.”
However, he claims this was not evident with William and Kate who showed “an ease of communication” in their interactions, as if they were “part of the celebrity circuit themselves”.
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He said: “When analysing Prince William and Kate talking to famous faces last night and in their general demeanor, there seems to be a real interest and an ease of communication in their body language showing little to no awkwardness and their conversations appear more as counterparts than superiors – almost making them part of the celebrity circuit themselves.”
The expert also makes reference to the pair as “popular public figures for the younger generation” in his analysis.
He said: “I think people thought that Meghan and Harry were going to be the new power couple in the monarchy and they definitely began to do this by shaking up a lot of traditions around their wedding and public appearances.
“However, it is clear that William and Kate have used this as a platform to grow immensely popular with the public in recent years too.”
His commentary also claims that this growing popularity will aid the Prince when he later becomes King, following in succession after his grandmother Queen Elizabeth and father Prince Charles.
Darren Stanton, who has appeared on BBC’s The One Show and ITV’s This Morning with Phillip and Holly, added: “The lines between royalty and celebrity are now closer than ever as the likes of Prince William and Kate move more into the realm of being popular public figures for the younger generation.
“As William ascends to the throne in the coming years, I think he will be a particularly popular king. He’s allowed the world to have a glimpse at them as if to say, “hey, we are just like you – we have our problems, we have our successes, but fundamentally we are the same”.
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