Kate Middleton’s ‘bittersweet’ feelings about motherhood revealed in new family photos, expert says
The Princess of Wales‘ ‘bittersweet’ feelings about motherhood are revealed in a new Mother’s Day photo, a body language has claimed.
Earlier today, the Prince and Princess of Wales posted two new images of Kate spending quality time with her children in the Sandringham estate to mark Mothering Sunday.
In the first image, the mother-of-three is pictured posing in a tree in Norfolk surrounded by her three children.
Speaking to FEMAIL, body language expert Judi James said the Princess’ children made it clear with their poses that they feel ‘protective’ of their mother.
Analsying the heartwarming photo, the expert explained: ‘It’s the children that have adopted the more protective-looking poses around [Kate].
The Prince and Princess of Wales released two new family photos to mark Mother’s Day today – including this image of Kate and the children posing in a tree on the Sandringham estate
‘Charlotte’s mimicry of her mother’s pose suggests she sees Kate very much as her role-model.
‘George leans in with his torso, which is slightly in front of Kate’s, and the way he puts his leg out in front of her hints at a desire to protect.
‘Even little Louis seems to want to show how much he cherishes and protects his mum.
‘Sitting with a proud smile, he has stretched one arm out across Kate’s torso, with his hand on her knee.’
What’s more, Judi noted how the tree the family are sitting in symbolises ‘strength and continuity’ – while Kate appears to be ‘one of the team’.
She added: ‘[Kate’s] body language is all about integration and joining in the play as one of them, rather than a parent invading their private space.
On top of this, the setting also demonstrates how Kate and William’s small family is ‘branching out’ as their children get older.
The expert said Kate’s true feelings about motherhood are even more evident in the second image – which shows her cradling her youngest son.
Body language expert Judi James says Kate cradling Prince Louis in this image shows she has ‘bittersweet’ feelings about him growing up
As she beams down at him, Louis is seen adorably clutching onto his mother’s hand.
Judi explained: ‘This pose shows Kate fully back in ‘mum’ role again, cradling Louis in her arms and looking down with a warm, loving and caring smile that seems to encapsulate the emotional side of being a mother.’
However, the expert says Kate’s body language hints at her sadness about her youngest son getting older.
Judi continued: ‘Louis was always the child she tended to carry around the most when he was a baby.
‘Although she clearly cherishes the way he is growing up to be confident, spontaneous and playful, this pose suggests there is also some bittersweet emotions about losing that constant mother/baby contact.
Judi James says Prince Louis was the child Kate Middleton ‘tende to carry the most’. The family pictured on the Buckingham Palace balcony in June 2019
Judi James says the Princess of Wales may have some sadness about losing the ‘constant mother/baby contact’ with her youngest son. Kate and Louis pictured in June 2022
‘If he is going to be her last child, these feelings of sadness mixed with love could be magnified for her, too.’
The couple captioned the post: ‘Happy Mother’s Day from our family to yours.’
The newly released images were taken on the same day as their Christmas card from last year.
For this family shoot, Kate and William turned to their favourite – and most trusted – photographer Matt Porteous.
The environmental photographer previously captured the image they used for their 2021 Christmas card as well as Prince George’s third birthday portraits.
The Prince and Princess of Wales’ post has already amassed 90,000 likes and fans rushed to gush over the sweet images.
One replied: ‘Happy Mother’s Day Princess of Wales and to all Mother’s who celebrating today. Lovely pics!’
Another gushed: ‘Happy Mother’s Day to the greatest inspo when it comes to motherhood.’
‘Such lovely photos,’ a third said. ‘Wishing a very happy Mother’s Day to the Princess of Wales.’