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Prince Charles and Camilla: Future king 'picked a devoted wife not a dazzling future Queen

Daily Express logo Daily Express 9/04/2021 07:00:00 Frederica Miller

, 72, and Camilla, 's, 73, path to marriage was far from straight forward. For years, public perception of the couple was marred by the affair they had during Charles's marriage to his first wife. While Charles and Diana divorced in 1996 the Princess of Wales's tragic death in a car crash the following year made the future king's marriage to Camilla unthinkable for many years.

They were finally granted permission to marry nearly a decade after Diana's death and tied the knot at a civil ceremony on April 9, 2005.

Body language expert and author Judi James has analysed photos of the royal couple together over the years and claimed Charles had "a devoted wife" in mind when he chose to marry Camilla.

Judi told Express.co.uk: "On his wedding day we watched a stubborn and determined man finally marry the woman he chose by himself for himself and then fought for against the odds to keep, suggesting Camilla provided the type of relationship that fitted his needs rather than the country and even his parent's demands."

Camilla allows Charles to have the spotlight to himself, which he likes, Judi claimed.

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Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall wearing a suit and tie: Prince Charles and Camilla © GettyPrince Charles and Camilla Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall posing for a picture: Prince Charles and Camilla © GETTYPrince Charles and Camilla

She said: "With his rather isolated childhood and his body language throughout his life suggesting a very melancholy, reflective, self-absorbed and even anxious man, Charles will often signal extreme contrasts as future king, from a man whose destiny weighs heavily on his shoulders to a more competitive man who dislikes sharing the spotlight.

"Charles has shown signs of needing sympathy, empathy and even a maternal style of uncritical devotion from the woman in his life and, with his wedding anniversary looming, it appears clear that Camilla is the congruent, complementary 'fit' that he wanted."

According to the expert, it's Camilla's unwavering dedication to Charles that makes her an ideal wife.

Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall standing in the grass: Prince Charles and Camilla © GETTYPrince Charles and Camilla a group of people standing next to a person wearing a suit and tie: Prince Charles and Camilla © GETTYPrince Charles and Camilla

When Charles is king, Camilla will be his consort but unlike Princess Diana who repeatedly took the limelight from Charles, Camilla has no desire to "dazzle."

Judi said: "Charles picked a devoted wife, not a dazzling future Queen when he married Camilla.

"Although she clearly fits his emotional needs, her non-verbal signals of anxiety and even a sense of being camera-shy suggest the role of Queen will be difficult for her."

Camilla is more of a "supporter" than a "future figurehead" and this suits Charles well, Judi explained.

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She added: "She tends to look as though she is there at Charles's side as his personal companion and support and supporter rather than as someone who will in future be a figurehead in her own right."

"And this seems to suit the Prince just fine."

According to Judi, Charles's marriage to Camilla has allowed him to come out of his shell and enjoy his "extroverted" side.

She said: "Since his marriage, he has looked like an actively happier and more extrovert man.

"On tours, he steps happily into the spotlight without being eclipsed and he clearly relishes all that attention as well as the undivided attention of his loving wife."

a man that is standing in the grass: Prince Charles and Camilla © Clarence House InstagramPrince Charles and Camilla

Last month Charles and Camilla carried out a special trip to Greece at the request of the British Government.

The two-day tour was to mark the bicentenary of the country's independence and Camilla allowed Charles to take centre-stage on the trip.

Analysing photos from their Greece visit, Judi said: "Having seen her husband once upstaged and eclipsed by his first wife on tours, Camilla looks keen to adopt a much lower profile that allows Charles to be the star of the show.

"She adds a pashmina to part cover her long evening dress and clutches her bag up to her torso as she stands beside and slightly behind Charles."

9. huhtikuuta 2021 10:00:00 Categories: Daily Express

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