Andrew ‘betrayed by body language as he walked Queen down aisle’, claims expert

Prince Andrew was chosen to escort his mother the Queen to Prince Philip’s memorial service to “soften his image” with the public but his body language “betrays” him, according to an expert.

The Duke of York being heavily involved in the memorial has sparked controversy with it being his first appearance in public with the Royal Family since the high-profile settlement with his accuser Virginia Giuffre.

Ms Giuffre was suing him for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was 17 after being trafficked by convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who Andrew had a friendship with.

Leading UK psychotherapist and body language expert Nick Davies watched Andrew as escorted the Queen and believes his simple nod at the end stopped his attempt to show his “empathetic side” to the general public on Tuesday (March 29).

Nick told the Daily Star: “I think having Andrew support the Queen as she comes in could have also been to soften his image with the general public and show his empathetic side, however he betrays this by just nodding to her as they move to their seats on either side of the isle rather than checking of she's OK to make the last few steps.”

In January this year, Andrew was stripped of his honorary military titles and patronages by the Queen, forcing him to relinquish using HRH.

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At the time, Buckingham Palace said: “The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”

The Queen having Andrew by her side as she made her way to the front of Westminster Abbey was seen as “unexpected” by some experts after the trouble the now settled lawsuit caused.

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Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty Magazine, told the PA news agency: “Clearly it’s the first time that we’ve seen him for a long time, since all the legal wranglings were settled, so some people will argue that he shouldn’t have been as prominent.

“But then we have to remember that he was the Duke of Edinburgh’s son.

“So, you know, really, he is just as entitled to be there as his siblings.”

Meanwhile, Royal historian Hugo Vickers said Andrew’s role at the service was “entirely correct and appropriate”, while describing the moment as a “nice gesture”.

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