Kate Middleton transformation from ‘submissive Waity-Katy’ to ‘steely’ Duchess – expert

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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 38, has been at the forefront of royal news this week as she announced the results of her 5 Big Questions for Under Fives early years learning survey. The Duchess had been working on the project for nearly a decade and being able to share its insights marked an important milestone in her royal career.

As well as sharing short videos of Kate explaining each of the study’s key findings, Kensington Palace shared a short video of Kate answering questions from the public about the project.

On Saturday, Kensington Palace tweeted the new clip with the message: “Thank you so much to everyone who submitted a question throughout the week – we’ve seen such an incredible response, touching on so many different aspects of the early years.

“This is just the start of the conversation. Thank you for being part of it.”

Body language expert and author Judi James analysed the video for Express.co.uk and shared her findings.

According to the analyst, Kate seems to throw off her old “submissive” seeming ways and adopts a new more “assertive” persona.

Judi told Express.co.uk: “It will be interesting to see if Kate’s delivery skills and obvious charisma during this campaign will give the royal Firm the confidence to move her into more controversial campaigns too.

“I think she has made it clear here that she has been woefully under-exploited for several years and could easily cope with work that is more hard-hitting in tone, like Diana’s landmines and AIDS charities.

“She might need to elbow William, Harry and even Meghan out of the way to pitch the more controversial issues but there are several clues from her body language recently that Kate also has a tougher side that has yet to be exploited.”

Judi added: “Kate’s perfect smile is legendary, but until lockdown, she has been something of a silent movie star.

“Now we know that her presenting to camera skills are almost professional-level and here she shows she is no slouch when it comes to unscripted and more naturalistic chats to camera too.

“But there have also been some subtler non-verbal cues that hint at more assertive traits and it would be so good to see her throw off her stereotyped ‘Waity Katy’, more submissive persona and show traits of steely toughness that would make her a much more modern and iconic Queen.”

According to Judi, Kate’s newfound “firmness” is visible in her facial gestures.

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The expert explained: “It’s the moments when Kate purses her lips that we get a glimpse of her capacity for firmness.”

Judi claims Kate’s body language suggests she would “fight for causes she is passionate about.”

The body language analyst added: “Her smile is all about warmth and fun but that small pursing gesture at the end of her stronger statements hints at someone who would fight for causes she is passionate about.

“Her splayed and stiffened fingers also suggest stronger enthusiasm for her cause here and her erect thumb signals confidence about getting that enthusiasm across.

“Otherwise the actual performance here mixes a self-effacing sense of humour and not taking herself too seriously with some more assertive rituals of knowledge, experience and leadership.”

According to Judi, the Duchess employs “power-lowering” language to put her audience at ease.

Judi said: “Her opening line includes the power-lowering and politely apologetic ‘just’ word, as in ‘I just want to say…’ and her upper arms are scrunched into her ribs as she studies the questions on her phone.

“There’s nothing to suggest the questions are anything other than authentic as we can see her eye-focus changing as she looks up from her phone to the camera.

“There is some youthful giggling as she discussed temper tantrums in toddlers but later, when asked about ongoing projects, she takes total control of her messaging with a firm ‘yes’ and a telling, ‘just you wait!’ look to the camera.”

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