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Camilla supported grief-stricken Prince Charles at ‘Papa’ Philip’s funeral, expert says

Camilla supported Prince Charles who was “overcome by grief” at Prince Philip’s funeral yesterday, an expert has claimed.

The Duchess of Cornwall stood by her husband’s side during the service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

Before, during and after the funeral, the Prince of Wales appeared tearful, but Camilla was next to her husband to support him as they socially-distanced from other members of the Royal Family.

Body language expert Judi James told the Express that Prince Charles’ tears appeared to “flow throughout the service”.

She said: “After a lifetime spent masking his emotions in public Prince Charles appeared overcome by grief and his tears appeared to flow throughout the service.

Prince Charles
Prince Charles appeared tearful during the service

“Camilla was seen using the same comforting hand-pat that she often used to use in the early days after their relationship went public, showing the same supportive and almost maternal traits that seemed to bind them as a couple before their marriage.”

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only 30 guests were allowed to attend the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the age of 99 on April 9 – just two months before turning 100.

During the funeral, guests wore black outfits as they paid their respect to Prince Philip

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Members of the Royal Family wore face masks and socially-distanced during the service
Members of the Royal Family wore face masks and socially-distanced during the service

Members of the Royal Family wore face masks and sat apart during the service, with the Queen sitting alone as she mourned the death of her beloved husband of 73 years.

Judi James said the monarch “looked solitary and isolated” during the service, but added: “I wonder if Charles’s tears might have been a sign that he is now feeling the same without his father to guide him.”

The body language expert said the royals appeared “surprised at how hard Philip’s death had hit them” during the service.

Camilla and Charles inside St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle yesterday
Camilla and Charles inside St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle yesterday

Prince Charles walks behind the coffin of Prince Philip
Prince Charles walks behind the coffin of Prince Philip

She described the Queen as looking “very vulnerable and frail”, while her son the Prince of Wales became “isolated in his own grief” as the funeral continued.

Charles was joined by the Princess Royal, Duke of York and Earl of Wessex as they walked behind Philip’s coffin – which was carried by a Land Rover Defender hearse he helped design – during the funeral procession.

Following closely behind were the duke’s grandsons the Duke of Sussex, Duke of Cambridge and Peter Phillips, and Vice Admiral Tim Laurence, the Princess Royal’s husband, and the Queen’s nephew the Earl of Snowdon.

Among the 30 guests at the funeral were the Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex, and her children Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor.

Zara and Mike Tindall, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, and Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank were also among the mourners.

Three of Philip’s German relatives were invited, as was his close friend Countess Mountbatten of Burma.



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