Zara Tindall says family occasions are about ‘hanging out’
Zara Tindall has often stepped out with Princess Anne and her uncle, Prince Charles, 72. When at royal events, her body language shows she could have a particularly close relationship with some family members.
Zara is the eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, 99.
Still, she has stayed out of the public eye more than others in the Royal Family.
This could be because Zara was not given an official royal title when she was born.
Rather than work as a senior royal like some of her cousins, Zara is an equestrian and an Olympian.
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Before the coronavirus lockdown, she was most often seen with other royals at key royal events and races, such as the Royal Ascot races and Cheltenham Festival.
During such appearances, Zara has shown her close relationship with Prince Charles, body language expert Judi James revealed.
She stated: “The body language dynamic between Zara and her uncle Charles has been giving joy for many years.
“If you were to place all the royals on some sliding scale of PDAs and tactile behaviour in public you’d see Charles close to one end as a rather hands-off, stuffy-looking kind of a guy while Zara would sit firmly at the other end as the most spontaneous and gloriously-gregarious-looking royal adult.”
The expert suggested Zara is naturally more affectionate when in public than the future monarch.
And she does not seem to tone it down when in his company, displaying “dominant but protective” body language with Prince Charles.
Judi added: “Put the two together and you might expect Zara to tone her playfully affectionate rituals down with her uncle but instead she seems intent on cutting through any formal stuff by instigating some very dominant-looking hugs that seem to both surprise and delight the Prince.
“[During one outing] Zara’s trick with Charles seems to be the neck embrace, which is both dominant, emphatic and escape-proof when she meets him.
“Here she keeps some torso distance but places a rather protective arm around his upper shoulders with her fingers touching his neck. Her more confident pose involves some leg-splay plus a hand in a fist-shape on her own waist and the elbow stuck out.
“Charles’s pose is more passive, with his hands clasped behind his back, but their eye-to-eye contact and head closeness signals an easy-going and playful relationship.”
In another picture, taken at Royal Ascot, Zara shows similar displays of affection with her uncle.
Judi added: “This pose shows Zara’s emphatically dominant, steering greeting ritual with her uncle, with that arm placed around his shoulders and the hand clasping his neck.
“Her eye contact and pinging smile look like an invitation to join in the fun and Charles responds with what looks like a truncated reciprocal gesture, placing his arm out towards Zara’s waist but without touching her in a hug here.”
Prince Charles is the older brother of Princess Anne and his close relationship with Zara may have even helped bring the siblings together, Judi stated.
“Anne and Charles will probably never be the closest brother and sister,” the expert continued.
“But they are beginning to look as though shared goals in terms of their love and sense of duty to their mother and a desire to sustain the image of the royal firm have brought them closer together, along with the obvious affection that Anne’s daughter Zara seems to have for her uncle Charles.”
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