Prince Charles and Kate Middleton are 'closer than ever'

Kate and Charles’s ‘affectionate’ bond: Duchess of Cambridge’s red carpet embrace with her father-in-law shows their genuine love for each other and her role as his ’emotional’ support, body language expert claims

  • Prince Charles, 72, and Kate Middleton, 39, are ‘closer than ever’, expert claims
  • The royals had a rare outing alongside Camilla and Prince William last night  
  • Duchess of Cambridge and her father-in-law embraced on the red carpet  

Kate Middleton’s red carpet embrace with Prince Charles shows their genuine love for each other and her role as his ’emotional’ support, a body language expert has claimed. 

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, joined Charles, 72, Camilla, 74, and her husband Prince William to meet 007 star Daniel Craig and other cast members including Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux and Lashana Lynch at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Royal sources said the outing of Charles, Camilla, William and Kate could herald a ‘new era’ of collaboration and solidarity between the future king and his eldest son.

And it appeared Kate and Charles were closer than ever, with the pair sharing a close embrace on the red carpet. 

Body language expert Judi James told FEMAIL the Duchess had stepped into a ‘much closer and more emotionally comforting role’ in the Prince’s life, saying: ‘We see very few PDAs involving Charles unless it’s from his eternally spontaneously tactile niece Zara.


Kate Middleton’s red carpet embrace with Prince Charles shows their genuine love for each other and her role as his ’emotional’ support, body language expert Judi James told FEMAIL 

‘Recently, possibly thanks to his very open grief at the death of his father and perhaps the fracturing of his relationship with his youngest son, we are seeing his daughter in law Kate stepping into a much closer and more emotionally comforting role, with their body language suggesting some unexpected levels of affection.

‘Kate’s role at Philips funeral involved not just herding William and Harry together but also to console Charles. 

‘Her gesture of placing one arm round his neck and shoulder in public is a very important one as it signals her growing confidence and even sense of status within the family.

‘Kate’s cheek kiss on the red carpet last night looks equally significant as the body language suggests she is instigating and even controlling this affectionate display in a way that might have been unthinkable a few years ago, when she held a much more passive role.’

The Duchess of Cambridge joined Charles, Camilla, and her husband Prince William to meet 007 star Daniel Craig and other cast members including Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux and Lashana Lynch at the Royal Albert Hall in London (pictured) 

Body language expert Judi James told FEMAIL the Duchess had stepped into a ‘much closer and more emotionally comforting role’ in the Prince’s life

The duo have shown several public signs of their close relationship over the past few months. 

In April, the Duchess shared a kiss on the cheek with her grief-stricken father-in-law as they left Prince Philip’s funeral. 

Kate consoled Prince Charles as the pair walked out of St George’s Chapel following the emotional service in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Photographs show Kate comforting the Prince of Wales over the loss of his father by putting her hand on his shoulder.

She then kisses him on the cheek as they set off from the entrance of the chapel. Prince Charles had earlier been visibly emotional as he walked in the procession.

And in June, the Duchess of Cambridge lovingly called father-in-law Prince Charles ‘grandpa’ when she greeted him at a G7 reception.

Double date night! The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales stood together at the event last night 


Mother-of-three Kate (pictured with Prince William) dazzled at the event in a custom Jenny Packham embellished Margot gown – which is usually priced at £2,800 – and featured cape sleeve detailing and structured shoulders

Kate used the family nickname while speaking to Charles at a reception at the Eden Project, in Cornwall.

Judi continued:  ‘By calling him ‘Grandpa’ she also emphasises his role in her children’s life too. 

‘Relations between William and his father have not always been easy but it looks as though Kate is making some non-verbal statements to show that is no longer the case.’ 

The royal foursome were introduced to screenwriters Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade at last nights event, as well as singer Billie Eilish and her musician brother Finneas O’Connell, who co-wrote the new Bond theme song. 

Chatting with one another: The Duchess of Cornwall appeared in deep concentration as she talked with the leading star of the No Time To Die film

The world premiere will benefit charities supporting serving and former members of the three intelligence agencies – the Secret Intelligence Service, the Security Service and GCHQ – as well as charities supporting past and present members of the UK Special Forces. Pictured, Kate meeting the stars of the movie

A number of healthcare workers and members of the armed forces joined the royals in the auditorium to watch the film as a thank you for their work during the Covid pandemic.  

The highly anticipated No Time To Die is the 25th Bond film and fifth and final movie featuring Craig as 007.

It faced more than a year of delays due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but is being released in UK cinemas on Thursday.  

William and Kate attended the star-studded world premiere for the last Bond film, Spectre, in 2015, and were joined by Prince Harry. Charles and Camilla attended the world premiere of the 23rd Bond film, Skyfall, in 2012. 

All smiles! The royal couples looked in great spirits as they arrived at the red carpet event in London, at the Royal Albert Hall


Royal blue! The Duchess of Cornwall (pictured with the Prince of Wales) proved her elegance in a stunning embellished gown with a billowing, flared hem with see-through sleeves

It comes after royal author Andrew Lownie claimed the couple have been given a ‘higher role’ in the royal family due to their popularity.

Speaking to the Express, Andrew said the Duke and Duchess are stepping forward as the Queen is ‘standing back.’

He explained: ‘William and Kate, who seem to be very popular, are stepping into the position that Charles and Camilla had.

‘Because they are, I would say almost more popular than Charles and Camilla, they’ve probably been given a higher role.’

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