The only thing keeping us from crying about Princess Charlotte's start of nursery school (they grow up so fast!) is the fact that there will be another bundle of joy joining the royal family in a few months. Even though their love story is practically public news, Prince William and Kate Middleton keep it fairly private when it comes to their family — until they have a mandatory royal engagement that gives us a glimpse into their private life. This is when they prove that they're a normal family after all, temper tantrums included.
Through it all, the loving couple serves as the backbone for the family — and their body language is proof. " Overall, their attentive body language indicates that they're in tune to their children's emotional needs," Blanca Cobb, body language expert and author of Methods of the Masters, told GoodHousekeeping.com.
Not only are they in tune with their children, but they try to stay at the same level — literally. In many instances, both William and Kate will lean down and become eye level with their children. "This behavior shows that their children are their primary focus, regardless of how many cameras are in their face," Patti Wood, body language expert and author of SNAP: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma told GoodHousekeeping.com.
Being eye level creates an intimate moment between them and their children, shielding any of the craziness going on around them. And let's face it, they're always surrounded by craziness. "They look their kids in the eye, which shows that they want a true connection, even a little authority when necessary," Traci Brown, body language expert and author of How to Detect Lies, Fraud and Identity Theft: The Field Guide, told GoodHousekeeping.com.
In this particular instance, Prince William is leaning his body over Prince George, proving that he's his son's protector during uncertain moments. "William is also letting his son determine how much he needs him," says Wood. "Here, Prince George is only holding on to his father with a few fingers, proving that he feels comfortable in the situation."
It's important to remember that moms and dads comfort their children in a number of ways — and both William and Kate have their own flair. "Rubbing Prince George's hair is not only a means of care-taking but also a way for Kate to protect him from the cameras," explains Wood. A pointed elbow and straight fingers, like Kate is displaying, is similar to a karate move. In other words, this is Kate' subconscious — and polite — way to tell others to back off her little boy.
Now, prepare for the ultimate Kodak moment. While arriving at the airport, the couple (yes, both of them!) reassured Charlotte that everything was a-okay.
"A double touch is a truly standout moment," says Wood. "They are both are completely in the moment, ensuring that Charlotte is comfortable." For extra reassurance, Prince William is leaning forward, trying to catch eye with his daughter. With one lock of the eyes, Princess Charlotte will feel at ease and they can carry on, no matter what comes their way.
One of the best ways for a parent to physically show their child that they're there for them is to physically be there for them. Here, Prince William is taking his son's weight and leaning back to make his son feel extra secure. "The lower arm acts as a seat for his son and is an anchor that makes him feel supported," says Wood. The cutest part? Prince George looks completely serene in his father's arms.
If this isn't enough evidence already, the couple's body language suggests that they adore being parents. "Both Prince William and Kate are all smiles while interacting with their children letting us know how much they enjoy being parents," says Cobb. Our hats are off to you, Will and Kate! You make even the most difficult of moments look as sweet as can be.