Status: 27/09/2023, 13:01 p.m.
By: Susanne Kröber
It has been a long time since Charlène of Monaco and Prince Albert appeared together in public so often. But according to the body language expert, the charm offensive does not have the desired effect.
Monaco – Prince Albert II (65) and Charlène of Monaco (45) cuddle in the stands at the Rugby World Cup, at the charity golf tournament the spectators can even look forward to a kiss from the princely couple, at the traditional Monegasque picnic "U Cavagnëtu" Charlène and Albert with their twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella (8) present themselves as a happy family and try to take the wind out of the sails of speculation about a marital crisis.
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Albert II and Princess Charlène are also making a sweeping statement in the media. Albert recently emphasized in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that there was no truth to the rumors that Charlène would live in Switzerland and would only come to the principality for official appointments. "These rumours hurt me. Charlène is always by my side," said the Monegasque leader. And in one of her rare interviews, the mother of the country also gave insights into her inner life. "People want to see us break up," Charlène of Monaco said, according to News24.
But body language expert Judi James is not convinced. Their hard-hitting analysis: Charlène and Albert of Monaco simply lack the small gestures that make a happy couple. "It seems that Albert and Charlène are unable to show even the smallest, meaningful moments of natural synchronicity or reflection, or to be photographed exchanging brief glances and meaningful smiles, which can help define a strong relationship," James told the Daily Mail. Commenting on the royal couple's appearance in the stands at the Rugby World Cup in mid-September, James said:
At the Rugby World Cup, Albert seems to be interested in signaling closeness and affection with a gesture. Unfortunately, his arm around his wife's shoulders looks stilted and awkward here. There is no sign of affection, such as eye contact or a radiant smile, and, more importantly, there does not seem to be a reciprocated gesture from Charlène. Instead, she seems to lean forward, holding her jacket with one hand and clutching her bag with the other in a defensive gesture.
Body language expert Judi James told Daily Mail
More fun without Albert? Body language expert analyzes Charlène's behavior
Charlène of Monaco always seems liberated when her husband turns away from her or vice versa. "It seems like Charlene gets more lively and even has fun when Albert turns his back on her," says Judi James. Telltale signs or just unfortunate snapshots? Charlène herself emphasized in an interview with News24: "If there are a thousand photos of me at an event, they choose one where I look down or not smile, and then say that I look awkward or unhappy."
According to body language expert, Albert seems "awkward" when he puts his arm around his wife in the rugby stadium (left), Charlène does not reciprocate his gestures. Without Albert, on the other hand, the princess looks more relaxed. (Photomontage) © IMAGO/ABACAPRESS/Instagram/Eric Mathon/Palais Princier
Only Albert and Charlène themselves know what the real state of the Monegasque princely couple's marriage is. At least the Princess of Monaco seems to be in good health after struggling with the consequences of her severe ENT infection for a long time. She feels "in top shape, happy and relaxed," Charlène, who now wears her hair blonde again, explained in an interview with Monaco-Matin. This was also evident at an appointment where Charlène of Monaco swung her leg exuberantly. Sources used: monacomatin.mc, corriere.it, news24.com, dailymail.co.uk