Charles shows deep regret for fathers death – whereas Anne shows lack of self-pity

Prince Philip: Children pay tribute to Duke in documentary

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A few short clips from the programme were released today on the Royal Family’s Instagram account of three of the Queen and Prince Philip’s children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, and Prince Edward, talking about their father. Prince Charles said: “My father, he was marvellous at arranging silly games. The fun of having young parents was there were lots of chasing around and mad things!”

A body language expert, Judi James, spoke to Express.co.uk about the Prince of Wales and analysed his body language in the short clip.

Judi said: “Charles’s signals of grief are barely masked although he does perform avoidance rituals to suggest a lack of desire to share his emotions publicly.

“The truly hilarious clip of family fun is used with the very senior Charles sitting, eyes down in a cut-off ritual.

“He is unsmiling, and his brows are puckered. He manages a quick glance at the interviewer but then his eyes fall downward again as he shows deep regret at his loss rather than humour at his father’s memory.”

Princess Anne also appeared in a clip released today by the Royal Family Instagram account.

Anne said: “We used to fish in Loch Muick. I always said I couldn’t catch anything, and [Philip] said ‘nonsense, come with me’.

“And after I’d been casting for about half an hour, he said ‘I see what you mean’, and I just knew that it was never something that I could do!”

The Princess Royal burst out laughing as she recalled this memory to the interviewer.

Judi noted Anne’s stoicism in this short clip whilst analysing her body language.

Judi said: “Anne performs an act of bravado here, showing the same kind of stoic signals and humour that her father was famous for.

“Her chin is raised and head at a slight tilt and her open-mouthed smile and narrowed eyes suggest a lack of self-pity at her loss and an intention to focus on the fun times and to share them with the same type of laugh she would have used had he still been alive.

“Her attempt to mask her grief isn’t working though. Her upper arms are held close to her torso in a self-hug and her hand gestures signal strong emotions.

“She begins with a thumb fiddle before meshing her hands and then wringing them.

“When she parts them and throws them up, palms-out, it looks like an attempt to self-correct here and to resume the more upbeat air of emotional resilience.”

Prince Edward offered the following remarks in the video clip: “We used to go out with my father fishing.

“I’m not too sure – I can’t remember at what point I was then given charge of the oars and then had to very quickly learn how to how to row a boat!”

This hilarious memory was recited over a home video of Philip and Edward fishing in a rowing boat.

Judi commented, saying: “Like his sister, Edward looks keen to keep his father’s memory alive as someone resilient and fun.

“His legs are crossed, and his pose looks rather nonchalant as he smiles and raises his eyes up and to his right to recall happier times together.

“Like Anne though, the body language cues leak out the grief.

“His hands are clasped, and he squeezes and rubs his fingers as he speaks as though trying to contain his sadder emotions.”

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