Prince William Appeared ‘Confident’ at BAFTAs Without Wife Kate Middleton, According to Body Language Expert

He left his wife at home

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Prince William stepped out for another major solo appearance following wife Kate Middleton’s surgery, and he handled it like a total pro. 

Over the weekend, the Prince of Wales, 41, attended the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards at The Royal Festival Hall in London. Prince William walked the red carpet by himself, and according to body language expert Darren Stanton, he appeared totally at ease.

“The first thing I noticed about William on the red carpet is that he was displaying genuine emotion,” Stanton told PureWow (on behalf of Betfair Bingo). “He wasn’t masking any emotions or smiles, which proves to me that he was happy to be there.”

He continued, “His shoulders were down, demonstrating that he felt completely comfortable in the moment. Despite not having Kate by his side, William was in a relaxed emotional state.”

Stanton confirmed that Prince William “walked with complete confidence on the red carpet,” despite the Princess of Wales’s absence.

“We’re looking at a man who has developed greatly over the years. Nowadays, he’s completely happy and confident to attend events on his own,” he said. “He could have easily been mistaken for a Hollywood actor on the red carpet, as he’s that confident in dealing with the public and has a whole set of self assurance. We’re definitely not seeing the introverted William that we used to see decades ago.”

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Stanton also noted how Prince William’s body language differs from that of Queen Elizabeth. “He also spent a lot of time speaking to the public, where he showed great eye contact and was happy to shake hands, which is a break in royal protocol,” the expert added. “This is something we never saw the late queen do. It’s clear that William wants a more relaxed monarchy and wants to be part of the people.”

Princess Diana would be proud.

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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...