Prince Andrew, 57, and Sarah Ferguson, also 57, were married for 10 years. A body language expert has analysed their engagement video, filmed over 20 years ago in 1986, to reveal the truth about their relationship.
Body language expert Judi James analysed the pair’s body language, to reveal what they two are really communicating in their interview.
She pointed out that the interview showed a very different side to royal romance – at the time of the royal engagement, Andrew’s brother Princes Charles’ marriage to Princess Diana hit a publicly rocky patch.
The fun facade of the Andrew and Sarah may have been more indicative of early signs of trouble than ease and comfort with one another, Judi claimed.
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She said: “In the context of the time it was filmed, with Diana looking increasingly frail and unhappy in her marriage, Andrew and Sarah’s engagement interview looked sexy and relaxed and informal. Looking at it again, though, it’s fascinating to see how many of those things were perceptual.”
Judi noted that Sarah seemed keen to take a dominant role in the relationship, as the couple may have been testing one another.
She said: “The touch gestures that they do perform are largely from Sarah and fascinatingly mock-combative.
“It’s a ritual of subtle play-fighting from her that can be quite common in a couple falling in love and testing one another both sexually and in terms of power and status but with Sarah it looked quite one-sided as though she was keen to stamp out quite a dominant role in the relationship.”
Unlike other more reserved royal brides to be, Sarah was keen to lead Andrew, Judi claimed.
The redhead was also able to pull out the fun side of the prince – however, this may have been a warning sign in reality.
Judi said: “As she becomes more dominant during the interview, both emotionally and physically, he goes from an alpha male splay to a very high and self-protective arm-fold barrier and then later a complete crotch-cover, sitting in the ‘fig leaf’ pose with his hands cupping his crotch in a way that normally suggests anxiety and a need for quite intrinsic self-protection.
“Sarah might have been desperately trying to bring Andrew’s fun side out here but there were warning signs already that he intended to protect his dignity at all costs.”
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The pair divorced in 1996, after Sarah was spotted with a number of men including Texan multimillionaire Steve Wyatt.
In August 1992 photos emerged of Sarah with John Bryan, an American financial manager, getting intimate in Southern France.
While the pair were not destined to be together forever, Judi claims the pair did have a sense of fun together, and Sarah had a motherly way with Prince Andrew – sometimes mimicking the way a parent acts with a baby.
She said: “Some of the most memorable moments involve watching the couple poke fun at one another like kids trying to be on their best behaviour and failing.
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“They had been friends since childhood and when they say they are ‘Good friends and a good team’ it sounds genuine if a bit more practical than romantic.”
Sarah used a specific face to appeal to the Prince’s child-like side.
Judi said: “Sarah seems to use a look that became her signature, i.e. the wide-eyed, eye-roll face-pull in an attempt to bring out his fun side.
“This ‘gurn’ looked odd at the time but it mimicked the wide-eyed, open-mouthed gurn that parents often use on young babies to make them smile.”
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