Sophie, Countess of Wessex shows ‘mutual respect’ with ‘future Queen’ Kate Middleton

Sophie, Countess of Wessex shows ‘mutual respect’ with ‘future Queen’ Kate Middleton

Sophie and Kate have been seen together at various outings during their time in the family.

Even during the coronavirus lockdown, the two women teamed up for virtual engagements via video chat.

Many royal enthusiasts may be interested to know if the pair are friends and body language expert Judi James has commented on their relationship.

Analysing body language signals when the royals are together, she explained there are signs of mutual respect.

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Judi told Express.co.uk: “There are signs of mutual respect between the two women.

“Kate for Sophie’s unique role in the previous generation of the royal firm and Sophie for Kate’s rank as future Queen.”

Sophie has been part of the Royal Family for much longer than Kate, but they both have important roles.

While Sophie is married to the Queen’s youngest son, Kate is the wife of Prince William, who is second in line to the British throne.

When doing so, Judi explained there are signs of friendship as the pair are on.

She said: “The crinkling around the sides of Kate’s mouth, chin and cheeks here suggest she’s suppressing a laugh on this rather solemn occasion.

“Sophie’s smile also looks suppressed here, with similar crinkling – plus the way that she’s pulling the corners of her lips down as her mouth opens.

“These signals of mirrored suppressed smiling rather than wide social grins that might be just for show suggest ties of friendship between Sophie and Kate.”

The royal line of succession – who outranks who?

The line of succession to the British throne dictates the order in which each member of the Royal Family would ascend to the throne.

It is also seen as a ranking of importance with the head of the line, the Queen, taking the place of ruler.

Older children come before younger children. Traditionally boys came before girls, but this law was changed on 26 March 2015 before the birth of Prince William’s first child.

Incredibly, Catholics are still excluded from the line of succession, as are children born outside of wedlock.

The royals, who usually stick to a strict protocol when appearing in public, often arrive at events in ascending order of importance, with the most important royal arriving last.

Prince Charles, 72, is currently first-in-line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, 38, his oldest son.

Then comes Prince William’s children, George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two, and they are followed by Prince Harry, 36. Prince Harry is succeeded by his son Archie Harrison, born in May 2019.

Published at Sun, 06 Dec 2020 17:03:00 +0000