Catherine, Princess of Wales, opened the day surgery unit at Evelina London Children’s Hospital on Tuesday, December 5, amid a "racism" controversy, and one analyst pointed out how her hairstyle may have been on purpose.
"Kate's new hairstyle with the heavy side fringe does mean she gives the impression of hiding behind her hair a few times here," body language expert Judi James revealed.
"But she seems aware of the problem and keen to deal with it, pushing her hair behind her ear on more than one occasion to ensure her face is visible to the cameras and to dispel any idea that she would prefer to hide away right now than appear in public," she added.
James continued: "This is Kate focusing not on the dramas but on her job and on the people she is meeting, and most of her body language signals here seem to be performed for their benefit and not as a PR exercise aimed at shrugging off any problems via overkill smiles or fake jollity. When she greets two small girls, her body language shows a full immersive focus on them and an interest in the picture one girl is showing her."
Last week, the future queen was named alongside King Charles III as two senior royals who allegedly questioned Prince Archie's complexion before his birth. But James' observations show that the allegations have been lost on the Princess of Wales' public profile as she was "watching the small girl grow in confidence as she chats to Kate, [which] shows how authentic Kate's approach is as she spends a very long amount of time listening, encouraging, and questioning the girl about her picture."
"She is still focused on others as she steers the two girls to help her cut the ribbon, and when she walks around the wards and comforts a mother at one of the bedsides, the progression of the touch rituals and the expressions of concern that end with placing an arm around the woman's shoulders again have a sense of authenticity because Kate turns her back to the cameras to make the moment more private," James observed.
She further stated: "Kate's body language on this solo visit suggests she has no desire to make non-verbal 'statements' via her poses or expressions, rather that she would just prefer to get on with her job and focus on the happiness and welfare of the people she is meeting."
James also highlighted how Kate channeled her late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales, while at the hospital. "Kate's walk up to the hospital shows a raised chin, wide stride, and her arms hanging by her sides, creating an image of determination and drama-free resilience. There's no clutch bag to use to create a barrier, and her trouser suit looks practical and business-like," the body language analyst shared.
"The only time she does raise her left hand to hold it near her stomach, it looks like a subconscious gesture to feature Diana's engagement ring," James concluded.
The Daily Mirror interviewed James.