Harry and William’s Body Language Was So on Edge During Charles and Camilla’s Wedding

Shannon Barbour
Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Can you believe it’s been a week since we all realized Prince Harry and Prince William have a stepbrother named Tom Parker Bowles? With a name like that, it’s obvious Camilla Parker Bowles had him while she was married to her first husband. Oh, and William and Harry also have a stepsister named Laura Parker Bowles. The more you know, right? Anyway, while some of us were analyzing our horny feelings for Tom eating a brisket sandwich (quarantine can do that to ya), we found an old pic of Harry, William, Tom, and Laura together at Camilla and Prince Charles’s wedding in 2005.

In the spirit of free time and the 15th anniversary of Charles and Camila’s wedding this month, we did a deep dive into their body language with the help of body-language expert Blanca Cobb. And lemme tell you right now, there’s a lot to learn.

Harry’s Braced Stance

After the wedding ceremony, the just-blended family came together at Clarence House to pose for official wedding portraits. Although these pics are exactly that—posed—they definitely shed some light on what the whole family was thinking as they started this new chapter in their lives.

According to Cobb, this picture of Harry looking to the right of the camera shows he could be feeling uneasy about the whole situation. “It seems odd that he wouldn’t be giving it his complete attention. Maybe something grabbed his attention, or maybe he just wasn’t into it and was just going through the motions.” She added that his “going through the motions” attitude in this scenario was reflected in his “posed smile,” but his relaxed hands show there wasn’t any real tension.

Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images

Even more interesting, Harry’s wide stance implies “he’s either feeling confident or giving the impression that he’s doing okay.” Cobb added, “Or another possibility, it could be a way to brace himself,” referencing how you spread your feet for more stability when you know a strong force, like the wind, is coming against you. And getting to the nitty-gritty, Cobb noted how if you look closely, you can see that while his feet are wide apart, the left foot is slightly pulled up and twisted, meaning he wasn’t “feeling completely grounded.”

Now, this stance could mean he’s still unsure about the wedding, but it could also mean “he’s not completely over the death of his mother.” Whatever the case may be, Harry wasn’t feeling totally confident on this day and something is definitely weighing on his mind in these pics.

William’s “Plastered” Smile

If the first rule of fight club is you don’t talk about fight club, then the first rule of decoding body language is if your eyes don’t crinkle when you smile, it’s not a genuine smile. Or as Cobb would say, it’s a “social smile.” Even though William’s smile is noticeably more “stiff” and “plastered” across his face than Harry’s was and his curled fingers suggest he’s “feeling a little nervous or some anxiety,” William’s body language is way more subtle.

And perhaps there’s a good reason for it. You might notice how William is standing slightly behind Charles in the portrait. That means he still feels close to him and supports him, which seems to be a recurring theme for William on this day. In another picture, he and Harry are tilting their heads toward each other, which Cobb took as a sign of “mutual support.”

Tom and Laura’s Unwavering Support

No surprise here since it’s their wedding day, but Camilla and Charles are totally happy and their genuine excitement shows on their faces in both pictures.

Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images

And as for Tom and Laura, Tom’s cheek muscles are pulled up to his eyes in the first picture, so you can tell he approves of this union. Also, similar to William and Charles, he’s standing slightly behind Laura as a way to support her. Speaking of Laura, even though her left foot is slightly tilted like Harry’s, she “is the only one who’s turned in almost completely to the married couple,” which means “she really feels like she’s part of the group there, part of the family.”

After analyzing every single bit of these two portraits, it’s clear that while Charles and Camilla’s kids might display signs of nervousness, they’re all there to support each other. Given the history of Princess Diana, Charles, and Camilla, that’s really all you can hope for, right?

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