Kate Middleton at her best ‘not in vision with William’ – ‘free to express opinions more’

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Kate Middleton is often seen attending public appearances on her own and when she does, her body language and speech style apparently changes. According to Jon Briggs, a speech expert and voiceover artist, the Duchess of Cambridge has a “tough job” when she attends events alongside her husband, Prince William.

As well as undertaking royal duties in support of the Queen, Kate devotes her time to supporting several charitable causes and organisations. 

Many of them are centred around providing children with the best possible start in life. 

As a result, she is regularly invited to several public appearances, and she does so without Prince William. 

Jon Briggs has noticed a difference in Kate when she is alone versus being accompanied by her husband. 


He said: “From what I have seen, Kate is less formal when she is on her own. 

“As a consort to William she is used to putting him first – but actually she uses more empathy and prosody (light and shade) in her voice than William does. 

“Being the number two in a relationship or even a conversation – knowing that all eyes tend to be on the number one (William in this instance) is a tough job, you learn your place and that you’re not really the important one here. 

“Kate holds her own but is best when not in vision with William at the same time. 

“It clearly frees her up to express her own opinions more,” he added. 

As for their body language and speech when they are in each other’s company, Jon continued: “Interestingly when the two of them are together, they rarely interact or look at each other. 

“Kate will adopt a listening position, her head slightly tilted to one side, much like William’s mother Princess Diana used to do. 

“It’s a position that says ‘I’m interested and listening to you – and ensuring that you know my status doesn’t get in the way of this conversation.’” 

Kate and William were most recently seen attending Together At Christmas, the carol service led by the Duchess and supported by The Royal Foundation. 

And whenever the couple appears in public, they never hold hands. 

Instead, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk one slightly in front of the other. 

When they stop and stand still, there is a clear space between them. 

If Kate has a clutch bag, she with placing her hands over the top of the bag and in front of her waist. 

Otherwise, when she is not talking, her hands a placed one inside the other in front of her. 

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles also make no public display of affection with one another. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, however, are always seen holding hands, or Meghan looking her hand through Harry’s arm. 

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