Sophie, Countess of Wessex body language ‘changes’ around Edward to avoid ‘eclipsing’ him

Sophie Wessex is with the Queen ‘more and more’ says insider

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex has been a member of the Royal Family since 1999 when she married Prince Edward. The couple tied the knot in St George’s Chapel and now have two teenage children. 

Sophie took on her royal role after the wedding and now has several interests in various different organisations and charities.

She is also patron to over 70 charities, which she will often attend events for.

Engagements will often be carried out with her husband but Sophie has appeared on her own too.

The royal will even sometimes appear on behalf of the Queen.

When carrying out duties, body language expert Judi James suggested that the royal’s body language changes when she is on her own compared to when she is with Prince Edward.

She told “It’s interesting to see how much Sophie’s body language changes as she role-swaps from wife to front-line royal in her own right. 

“On solo events Sophie tends to look rather relaxed, energetic and keen and very much the royal poster girl for female equality. 

“She is openly, actively sociable, using very inclusive body language to suggest a strong trait of leadership. 

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“But she also looks fun.”

The royal has appeared several times throughout the last year via video link as well as recently restarting in-person engagements.

She is now a popular senior member of the Royal Family.

Judi went on: “Her smile lacks the ‘fixed’ traits of a traditional royal smile and, with her head slightly lowered, her eyes up and her eye expression engaged and engaging and her very congruent mouth smile that raised the cheeks and reaches the eyes, she looks more like an inspirational business leader, with a keenness to join in, with a very hands-on approach.”

According to Judi, Sophie “seems to notch down the charisma” when with Edward to avoid “eclipsing him”.

She explained: “Edward used to be quite the performer with a career in the theatre planned but as a more mature man he seems to be rather shy and happy to have Sophie provide the encouragement and confidence-boosting when the cameras around.

“Her posture becomes less high-energy almost gently maternal and watchful, often standing with her hands clasped in front of her torso and her eyes on her husband, but it seems clear that the pair also exchange quite a few flirt signals too, like this eye-gazing and eye-smiling as they look at one another over the top of their masks.”

However, the expert also previously said that Edward’s non-verbal signals “suggest he’s happily moved into a more low-key role in public”, allowing Sophie to take lead.

Judi added: “Sophie’s confidence signs show her as being the more socially active one in the team dynamic.

“Edward looks delighted to stand by his wife using glances of admiration and pride.”

Sophie’s most recent outing was last month when she took part in British Wheelchair Basketballs’ first ‘Inspire a Generation’ wheelchair basketball session.

The royal can be seen laughing and joking as she takes part in a game of basketball with children.

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