Princess Anne and Camilla’s body language shows ‘thawing’ of ‘frosty’ relationship

The Duchess of Cornwall married Princess Anne’s older brother, Prince Charles, in 2005, and the two women became sisters-in-law. Camilla married her first husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, in 1973, who himself was rumoured to have been dating Princess Anne for a short period. This could have been disastrous for the relationship between Princess Anne and Camilla, and also Anne’s relationship with her brother.

Despite their strenuous and slightly awkward history together, they have never let the cameras see any signs of tension between the two.

The two royal ladies seem to have a perfectly cordial relationship today, as two of the most high profile members of the Royal Family.

Judi James, a body language specialist, spoke to about the signals the two royal ladies give off about their feeling towards each other.

Judi commented saying: “These two women share history with Anne once rumoured to be in a relationship with Camilla’s husband.

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“This makes the whole Charles/Camilla/Anne/Andrew Parker-Bowles dynamic rather racy and the relationships between each of the four people involved a possible minefield.

“Anne is still very strong friends with Andrew though, while Camilla famously married her Prince.

“As a result, we have two women with a lot in common but also a pile of potential in terms of resentment and rifts.

“Possibly the greatest problem could have been one of status.


“When Camilla married Charles she leap-frogged from mistress to future Queen.

“This might not have sat kindly with Anne who could in turn still have been viewed as that ‘other woman’ by her new sister-in-law.

“Earlier photos do suggest a potential for frostiness between Anne and Camilla with both women apparently able to stand together while ignoring one another.

“Anne is seen holding an umbrella over herself rather than offering cover to Camilla and even, apparently, holding the brolly close enough for drips to land on Camilla’s hat.

“There were few if any poses of the two women chatting or even looking relaxed together, although this might not have been too unexpected from Anne who has been rumoured to be less than tolerant with some of the newer members of the royal firm.

“With time and age though, the suggestion is that there has been thawing between the two women.

“Their body language now shows signs of quite strong rapport and even friendship.

“Camilla’s non-verbal signals in public often suggest existing levels of social anxiety but she tends to look quite relaxed and animated with Anne.

“She uses gestures that suggest she is comfortable instigating some of the jokes they appear to be sharing, including some close-quarters face-gazing to register her thoughts.

“Their mutual laughter goes beyond what would be expected if there were some animosity or frostiness now.

“If they were putting on a show for the cameras a few moments of polite conversation would have been all that would have been necessary.

“But their body language rituals together involve eye contact and some very empathetic-looking touch, with Camilla even holding Anne’s wrist as though keen to encourage her to stay and chat longer.”

Both Camilla and Anne appeared on the BBC programme on Wednesday evening called ‘Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers’, and recalled fond memories with the late Duke of Edinburgh.

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