Prince William and Harry showed signs they were tense and stressed as they joined to stand guard at the Queen’s coffin, a body expert has claimed.
The Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex — both dressed in uniform — stood vigil around their grandmother's coffin as she lies in state at Westminster Hall on Saturday afternoon. Silence fell as members of the public looked on, with the only sound being the grandchildren’s footsteps on the stone.
William was positioned at one end of the coffin facing the north entrance and stood with his hands clasped in front and his head bowed. Harry was positioned at the opposite end, facing the area of the hall where thousands of people have entered over the last few days.
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The pair have appeared united in public since the death of the Queen and even made a rare list-minute walkabout alongside their wives at Windsor Castle. However, their relationship has been strained for some time and Harry has been accused of being "stubborn".
Speaking exclusively to the Daily Star, body language expert Adrianne Carter described the brothers as displaying "high tension".
She said: "We see very solemn and correct posture from all eight grandchildren.
"When the clip goes to the close up of William we see him clenching his jaw. Jaw clenching happens when someone is feeling high tension and under stress.
"Nothing to see like Williams face but Harry is holding his posture very tightly – again this happens when we carrying tension but this is to be expected in the situation they are in."
William and Harry were joined by Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, princesses Eugenie and Beatrice and Lady Louise and Viscount Severn, who is just 14-years-old. It is the first time in history that the grandchildren of a monarch have taken part in the ceremony.
Mourners filing past slowed almost to a stop to look upon the younger generation of the Royal Family as they stood in the spotlight, united in grief for their grandmother but maintaining their composure – just as the Queen was famed for – throughout.
Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, looked grief-stricken as she watched her children Lady Louise and James take on the difficult role.
On Friday evening, the Queen’s children – Charles, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex – took part in their own vigil.
They were all dressed in uniform, with an exception made for disgraced Andrew, who is no longer a working royal, to wear his military uniform as a “special mark of respect” for the Queen. King Charles III was said to look “absolutely devastated” by royal fans online during the Vigil of the Princes held at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh.
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