Fergie of­fered warm greet­ing from a for­merly frosty Philip


THE Duke of Ed­in­burgh “took quite a big step” to­wards rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with Sarah, Duchess of York at Fri­day’s royal wed­ding, ac­cord­ing to a body lan­guage ex­pert.

Judi James, an ex­pert in so­cial be­hav­iour, be­lieves that Philip was warm to­wards his for­mer daugh­ter-in-law, ap­proach­ing her with a smile.

The Queen’s hus­band is thought to have a frosty re­la­tion­ship with ‘Fergie’, who di­vorced the Duke of York in 1996.

Ms James told the Press As­so­ci­a­tion: “You could tell the ten­sion as soon as the duchess ar­rived in the church.

“As soon as she walked in she pulled her arms into her side and put her head down.”

Ms James be­lieves the duchess’s daugh­ter Princess Beatrice may have tried to dis­tract her mother from Philip’s ar­rival at St Ge­orge’s Chapel for the wed­ding of Princess Eu­ge­nie and Jack Brooks­bank.

She said that Beatrice “made very strong eye con­tact with her mother and kept her chat­ting as Philip ar­rived, al­most as if to say ‘Don’t look round now’.”

She added: “It was al­most like the sort of be­hav­iour you see at the party when some­body you don’t want to see walks in.”

De­spite their ap­par­ent reser­va­tions, there seemed to be few hard feel­ings be­tween the two.

Ms James con­tin­ued: “She got quite the look from Philip, he smiled at her at least twice, al­most as if he had planned to greet her warmly.

“That was quite a big step for the Duke of Ed­in­burgh.”

How­ever, Ms James said the duchess may not have even been aware of the in­ter­ac­tion.

She said: “The Duchess of York was sat in front of Philip, so un­less she had eyes in the back of her head, she wouldn’t have known.

“She prob­a­bly didn’t want to take the risk of turn­ing round.”

How­ever, they weren’t the only ones with prom­i­nent body lan­guage on dis­play.

Ms James noted that “it was fas­ci­nat­ing that William and Kate were hold­ing hands”.

The Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge, nor­mally re­served when it comes to pub­lic dis­plays of af­fec­tion, were seen hold­ing hands in St Ge­orge’s Chapel — a tac­tile dis­play that could be down to the re­cent ar­rival of Prince Louis. “The cou­ple are clearly very in love, but nor­mally not very keen to show it,” the ex­pert said.

She ex­plained: “Chil­dren can be a bit of a chal­lenge, but some­times, three chil­dren in, when cou­ples have a bit more ex­pe­ri­ence, it can take them back to their hon­ey­moon pe­riod.

“To­day they looked be­sot­ted with one an­other.

“It was al­most the most stun­ning mo­ment of the wed­ding for some peo­ple.”

Sarah, Duchess of York (far left) is seated in front of Prince Philip and Queen El­iz­a­beth at her daugh­ter Princess Eu­ge­nie’s wed­ding

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