KATE MIDDLETON’S body language suggests she still behaves as “a woman who had married into the royal” family rather than a royal, according to an expert. Kate Middleton officially joined the Royal Family when she married Prince William in 2011 in front of millions of spectators worldwide. Since then, the Duchess of Cambridge has blossomed into a confident member of the British monarchy, one that is well trusted to represent the Firm. Express.co.uk spoke to body language expert Judi James about the change royal fans have seen in Kate over the years.
Judi claimed: “Kate’s non-verbal displays never suggested an assumption of status, power or even fame. “She never fell into the trap of acting as anything other than a woman who had married into the royal firm. Her signals of respect have always been obvious when she is with the Queen and other royals and even with the public, although her personal confidence does appear to have grown slowly and steadily, too.”
In terms of public speaking, the expert added: “Not surprisingly Kate is most animated in conversations when she is talking to people about things she has direct experience of. “When being introduced to new parents, she sounds much more secure and interested than she does talking about bereavement.
“Tonally her voice drops and is flatter and less animated, and more concerned in the Bereavement video from 2021 – but then the subject matter may well account for that. “Her style of speech echoes that of Princess Diana, and she and Sophie Wessex as younger female royals sound most alike,” Judi commented. “Generationally there is much less difference between the two of them than say Princess Anne or the Queen. “With an RP (Received Pronunciation) accent it automatically demarcates a class difference between them and their invited guests.
“While Kate always spoke well, she may not have had quite such a pronounced accent when she first joined the family – we tend to like to blend in with our surroundings and I suspect her accent will have migrated towards what we regard as ‘the Queen’s English’ (quite literally) during the past 10 years to fit in.
“It’s something we all do when surrounded by people who speak differently to us.” Ealier this week, it was reported that Kate had, in fact, had elocution lessons to sound “more regal”. Royal expert Duncan Larcombe said: “I first spoke to Kate in April 2005 when she was on a ski trip with Prince William, Prince Charles and Prince Harry in Switzerland. “She was always well spoken, she went to Marlborough College College, she was hardly the fishwife in the way she spoke.
“But, having said that, it’s as though her accent and the way she carefully speaks and pronounces her words have become more regal over the years and morphed into what we see now. “It’s almost like her accent has changed in accordance with the role that she’s played over the years,” he remarked. “As a royal girlfriend she just had to be prim and proper and polite and she always was, she always smiled for the cameras and she always said very little when we heard her talking.
“She was every bit the Prince’s girlfriend material and, of course, now she has an accent that is fitting of someone who will be Queen.” Duncan did note that it has “never been denied” that Kate had elocution lessons, and it would’ve been a decision she would have made by herself and not on the advice of the Royal family. He went onto tell OK! magazine how “Kate is a perfectionist” and pays “attention to details”.