Body language expert reveals that Sarah Ferguson was 'subtly isolated' in Eugenie's royal wedding portrait

The former Duchess of York apparently looked a little nervous, especially since this was one of those rare times in the last couple of decades that Fergie had been made a part of the royal fold


                            Body language expert reveals that Sarah Ferguson was 'subtly isolated' in Eugenie's royal wedding portrait

Princess Eugenie, Princess of York, who tied the knot with her partner Jack Brooksbank on Friday, October 12, looked absolutely stunning in the wedding portraits published by the Kensington Palace. However, according to one body language expert, Eugenie's mother, Sarah Ferguson, looked more tensed than usual for the official wedding pictures.

The former Duchess of York apparently looked a little nervous, especially since this was one of those rare times in the last couple of decades that Fergie had been made a part of the royal fold, after her divorce from Prince Andrew, as per the Daily Mail.



 

 

In one of the pictures, Fergie was seen clasping her hands together tightly, which is seen as a sign of pure nervousness. As opposed to her, Prince Philip, who's had a long-standing feud with Fergie, looked visibly relaxed as he settled into a more informal posture. The wedding pictures were definitely a landmark moment for the pair, for this was the first time that Prince Philip and Fergie featured together in a picture in 26 years.

As per Judi James, a body language expert, it looked as if Fergie had been 'subtly isolated' due to the space around her in the photograph. "There is often little if any touch between the royals in the wedding photos but the spatial zone around Sarah here does make it look as though she has been subtly isolated to avoid any signals of closeness," she told the media outlet.

Princess Eugenie of York and her husband Jack Brooksbank on the steps of St George's Chapel after their wedding at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England.
Princess Eugenie of York and her husband Jack Brooksbank on the steps of St George's Chapel after their wedding at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England.

"Her normal spontaneous exuberance seems to have been limited to a rather over-posed and rigid-looking smile and her hands have been clasped in front with one holding onto two fingers of the other in a rather formal and tense way."

James added, "The gap between her and Andrew seems designed to illustrate their divorced status and he has his hands clasped behind his back to again avoid touch and sports a rather stiff-looking smile on his face."

 



 

 

On the other hand, the Queen, who can be seen flashing a bright smile in the picture, looked completely at ease as she posed for the portrait alongside Prince Philip. James commented, "The Queen and Prince Philip could hardly look happier. Sitting with their granddaughter behind them, the Queen has formed a very sweet-looking smile of delight while Philip uses a partial leg and arm splay to sit looking positively dashing and relaxed.

"If he had any problems with Sarah's presence in the chapel or the photographs he didn't show them in his non-verbal signals which looked charming and comfortable all the way through the wedding."

 Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
 Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The next person to catch James' attention in the portrait was Princess Beatrice. It appeared that instead of the traditional maid-of-honor duties, Beatrice was given the job of tending to their mother, and she also acted as the mediator between her mother and her doting grandparents.

"Beatrice seems to be still taking that mediator role here, standing in the gap between her mother and the bride but also posing behind and in the middle of her grandparents," she explained.

Sarah Ferguson and Princess Beatrice of York after the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Sarah Ferguson and Princess Beatrice of York after the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Duke and Duchess of York were positioned quite far from the newlywed couple, as opposed to Jack's parents Nicola and George, which the expert believes was done in deference to the Queen and Prince Philip. Even Jack's mother appeared to be quite nervous in the wedding portrait, said James.

"Jack's father seems to have clasped his wife's hand affectionately but it could also have been for support as her other hand with the index finger in a downward point suggests she's feeling rather tense or nervous too," she explained.

Nicola Brooksbank and George Brooksbank attend the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England.
Nicola Brooksbank and George Brooksbank attend the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England.

As per reports, the official wedding portraits for Princess Eugenie and Jack's wedding were clicked by fashion photographer Alex Bramall, who previously photographed Eugenie when she posed for Harper's Bazaar US in 2016.    

Speaking about his job role, Alex said in a statement, "It is an honour and a privilege to be invited to photograph Princess Eugenie and Jack on this most special of days. I look forward with great excitement to capturing this significant occasion and wish them both a happy future together."