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Body language expert reveals how ‘tense’ Fergie was ‘subtly isolated’ in Eugenie’s wedding portrait – while Prince Philip adopted a ‘relaxed’ stance
- Duchess of York, 58, appeared to be nervous as she posed next to Prince Philip, clasping her hands together
- Expert Judi James noted the space left around her, while ex-husband Andrew adopted a formal pose
- Princess Beatrice appeared to have been given ‘mediator’ role, standing behind the Queen and Philip
Fergie’s body language showed she was feeling ‘tense’ as she was ‘subtly isolated ‘in Princess Eugenie’s official wedding portrait, an expert has revealed.
The Duchess of York, 58, appeared a little nervous however to be returning to the royal fold more than two decades after her divorce to Prince Andrew, clasping her hands together as she posed for the portrait.
In contrast, Prince Philip’s more informal posture suggested that he felt completely relaxed, despite his long-standing feud with Andrew’s ex-wife.
It was a landmark moment for the pair, who are believed to have been photographed together for the first time in 26 years.
The Duchess of York appeared to be feeling tense as she returned to the royal fold over 20 years after her divorce to Prince Andrew, a body language expert has revealed
Body language expert Judi James explained how it appeared that Sarah Ferguson had been ‘subtly isolated’ due to the space around her in the photograph.
‘There is often little if any touch between the royals in the wedding photos but the spatial zone around Sarah here does make it look as though she has been subtly isolated to avoid any signals of closeness,’ she told FEMAIL.
‘Her normal spontaneous exuberance seems to have been limited to a rather over-posed and rigid-looking smile and her hands have been clasped in front with one holding onto two fingers of the other in a rather formal and tense way.
‘The gap between her and Andrew seems designed to illustrate their divorced status and he has his hands clasped behind his back to again avoid touch and sports a rather stiff-looking smile on his face.’
Judi James commented on how Fergie’s clasped hands showed her feeling tense. She added that the space left around her showed her being ‘subtly isolated’ in the official portraits
Meanwhile, Judi said the Queen and Prince Philip, who adopted a more relaxed pose, (left) couldn’t have looked happier. Prince Andrew adopted a more formal pose, with his hands behind his back, to avoid any closeness between him and Fergie
In the contrast, the Queen, who is seen flashing a wide smile, and Prince Philip looked completely at ease as they posed for the portrait.
Judi commented: ‘The Queen and Prince Philip could hardly look happier. Sitting with their granddaughter behind them, the Queen has formed a very sweet-looking smile of delight while Philip uses a partial leg and arm splay to sit looking positively dashing and relaxed.
‘If he had any problems with Sarah’s presence in the chapel or the photographs he didn’t show them in his non-verbal signals which looked charming and comfortable all the way through the wedding.’
Meanwhile, Princess Beatrice – who appeared to be tasked with tending to her mother, instead of more traditional maid-of-honour duties – acted as a ‘mediator’ between Fergie and her grandparents.
‘Beatrice seems to be still taking that mediator role here, standing in the gap between her mother and the bride but also posing behind and in the middle of her grandparents,’ Judi explained.
Meanwhile, Jack’s mother Nicola (second from left) also appeared to show signs of nervousness as she posed in the official portrait, alongside son Thomas (far left) and husband George (third from left)
The Duke and Duchess of York were positioned further away from the newlyweds than Jack’s parents Nicola and George, in an apparent mark of deference to the Queen and Prince Philip.
Jack’s mother Nicola also appeared to show signs of nervousness as she posed in the official portrait alongside the Queen and Prince Philip.
‘Jack’s father seems to have clasped his wife’s hand affectionately but it could also have been for support as her other hand with the index finger in a downward point suggests she’s feeling rather tense or nervous too, Judi explained.
The official wedding portraits were taken by fashion photographer Alex Bramall, who previously photographed Eugenie when she posed for Harper’s Bazaar US in 2016.
Speaking about being chosen for the job, Alex said in a statement: ‘It is an honour and a privilege to be invited to photograph Princess Eugenie and Jack on this most special of days.
‘I look forward with great excitement to capturing this significant occasion and wish them both a happy future together.’
Fergie and Prince Andrew sat in front of Prince Philip and the Queen during the ceremony at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on Friday
Body language expert Judi said that Andrew and Fergie avoided their usually friendly displays to avoid taking away any attention from Eugenie and Jack
'Tense' Sarah Ferguson was 'subtly isolated' in Princess Eugenie's official wedding portraits