Prince Charles was "conscious" of how Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall would be received by the public at the beginning of their relationship, according to a body language expert.
Darren Stanton, a body language expert, has analysed Prince Charles and Camilla’s behaviour over the years in the lead up to their 17th wedding anniversary on Saturday (9 April).
The expert claimed that in the early years of their relationship the couple never showed displays of "public affection" and that Camilla's body language "allowed her to sink into the background".
Mr Stanton said there was a "notable difference" in the way Prince Charles was with Diana to how he was with Camilla.
"When pictured with Camilla, Charles is totally relaxed and completely congruent with his non-verbal communication," he said.
"However, for a long time Charles was conscious of how the public would receive Camilla."
The expert claimed Charles would show "signs of nervousness" during early public engagements with the two of them.
"Trademark gestures included putting his hand inside his jacket or playing with his cufflinks – gestures we tend not to see from him today," he added.
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Mr Stanton added that the Prince of Wales' smiles "were arguably not genuine either in the beginning" and were actually being used to "mask his anxiety and his true emotion."
"A smile is one of the most faked emotions we can adopt and is a tell-tale sign of feeling uncomfortable in a certain situation," he said.
The Royal Family approved Camilla Parker Bowles, 74, and Prince Charles. 73. to marry in 2005.
Their romance was controversial because it emerged in the early nineties that they had had an affair while they were married to other people ‒ Charles to Princess Diana and Camilla to Andrew Parker Bowles.
At the time, Camilla was heavily criticised by the public and the press, as she was blamed for the breakdown of Charles and Diana's marriage.
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