Kate and William made ‘intentional moves’ to become more ‘free’ parents with their eldest children, while George played a ‘protective role’ over his younger brother Louis, a body expert has claimed.
King Charles was joined by the rest of the Royal Family on their traditional Christmas walk at St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, Norfolk on Sunday.
It was the first Christmas the Royal Family has spent without Queen Elizabeth after her death in September.
Judi James, a body language expert, told the Mirror how the couple made several “intentional gestures” to show how they are now becoming more “independent” parents with their eldest children, George and Charlotte.
The Princess of Wales walks hand-in-hand with her youngest son, Louis, on their traditional Christmas walk
Body language expert Judi James said George had transformed into an ‘older brother keeping an eye on four-year-old Louis’ as he is pictured reaching for his little brother’s hand.
Judi said seven-year-old Charlotte was “moving on” on her way to church.
She added: “George has gone from being a rather shy boy holding his father’s hand to an older brother watching over four-year-old Louis.”
Judi said: ‘One of the sweetest and most poignant body language signals was the sight of George using rituals of touching, chatting and bending to signal that he is now taking on the role of protector and monitor ‘keeping an eye out’ for his younger brother Louis.
Cheeky Louis also took matters into his own hands, as he was filmed chasing after the family so he could deliver a bouquet of flowers to Charlotte.
He also shot Kate’s hand as he grew impatient during the walkabout.
Judi explained that as William reached out to touch George’s back and leaned in towards him, George was showing those same actions to his “playing” younger brother.
She then compared the gestures to old pictures of Harry and William growing up.
Judi said: ‘After the images of a young William and Harry growing up together which were shown on Harry’s Netflix show, it felt like a poignant mirror image of how their brotherly relationship was formed before growing up and collapse.
“William was shown in caring mode for Harry at the time, just as George is now with Louis.”
George walks confidently with his father, the Prince of Wales, to greet well-wishers on Christmas Day
After the Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Norfolk estate, senior Royals Charlotte and George greeted well-wishers together as yes
A handshake from Louis! The young royal followed in the footsteps of his parents, the Prince and Princess of Wales, to meet well-wishers
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As the Royal Family entered the church, a sweet moment of brotherly love was filmed as Prince George reached out to guide his youngest brother, who took part in his very first walk on Christmas Day.
But Louis proved he was a natural by giving the camera a sweet smile as he entered the church.
The mischievous young prince also picked up a feathered Santa Claus toy from a well-wisher, which he took with him while his mother spoke to a young girl who had come out to say hello.
Although they are much older than him, it was only the second time that Prince George, nine, and Princess Charlotte, seven, have attended due to 2020 and 2021 cancellations at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
While Prince Louis looked adorable in a black coat and shorts (traditional for young royal boys up to the age of eight), his older sister Charlotte wore the same burgundy coat she appeared in at the Together Christmas carol service broadcast on ITV1 on Christmas Eve.
During the service at Westminster Abbey, which had been hosted by her mother Kate, Charlotte was in the foreground, laughing at the Dean of Westminster’s anecdote about her cat’s penchant for garlands and lighting up as Hugh Bonneville was reading an excerpt from Paddington Bear in tribute to Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
While greeting royal fans at the Sandringham estate, the Princess of Wales told a well-wisher that her children were ‘having a lot of great things’ this year but had ‘a fairly early start’.