Kate Middleton and Prince William stood in the crowds at Wembley Stadium last night to watch England play Italy. During the game, body language expert Judi James commented on how the royals handled the event.
She told Express.co.uk: “Watching William with little George last night was like watching any other parent having to teach their children the simple fact of life that sport can be tough, especially English football, and that coping with the pain of losing is an important life skill if you’re going to be a fan.”
During an early goal from England, Prince George could be seen celebrating with his parents.
Judi said: “George’s look of uninhibited joy at the early goal was one of the best moments of the match.
“Like fans around the country, he threw his arms up in the air and roared in delight, celebrating with both parents, looking up at his dad first and then hugging his mum by throwing his arms around her neck as she crouched to cuddle him.
“Even then though, William must have been alert to the fact that English football is rarely a smooth ride in terms of emotion and after the penalties, it was, sadly, another story.”
As the football match went into penalties, there was disappointment among England fans as Italy won.
Looking at how the Cambridges reacted to the defeat may have given a look into how they handle the disappointment, Judi continued.
She said: “Kate’s hands-covering-her face gesture spoke for all the fans, but it was telling to see how the Cambridge family coped with the disappointment.
“George did of course look glum but he also stood facing the pitch with his hands on the rail, looking impressively mature and brave given the horrible change of mood.”
Kate and Prince William appeared to use their body language gestures to signal “unity and support”.
The expert added: “Kate moved in close to her husband to signal quiet unity and support, placing one hand on her waist in a gesture of empathy and fear.
“William placed two huge hands of parental support on his son’s shoulders and this was a gesture that we were probably all in need of at that moment, to supply silent strength and comfort.”
Kate, Prince William and Prince George showed “dignity” after the results of the game, Judi suggested.
She concluded: “The Cambridges managed to show body language signals of pure joy when we were winning.
“But they were also role models of dignity when we lost the game.
“George will probably be learning the skill of coping when people tell you ‘It’s only a game’ right now or ‘It wasn’t meant to be’ and hopefully emerging with all that seven-year-old optimism and enthusiasm still intact.”