Kate Middleton does something "more powerful" than her husband, Prince William, does. However, the Duchess of Cambridge doesn't come across as aggressive due to her warmth and genuine smile, a report says.
Kate Middleton Does Handshake Differently Than Prince William
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have different ways when greeting someone, in particular, when they do handshakes. Jesús Enrique Rosas, also known as the Body Language Guy on YouTube compared how the royal couple does this by reviewing their appearance at the Royal Variety Performance.
He noted that Middleton's handshakes are in the background and hardly noticeable. Also, he pointed out where Prince William and Middleton focused their eyes while performing the gesture.
"To be more specific, William looks intently at the hand of the people he’s about to greet, while Catherine just gives a quick look, and sometimes goes for the handshake without even looking at the other person’s hand," Rosas said per Express.
"Well, there’s no way you can see the other person’s hand without lowering your gaze for a split second. You have to shift your eyes down and at the same time lowering your gaze is making a slight deference to the other person."
He believed that Prince William usually looks down purposely to give a feeling of deference. Also, the future king is very tall, so doing so is a way to not appear intimidating.
He added that the other option is what Middlelton does. The duchess takes a quick look at the person's hand or, in some instances, doesn't look at the person's hand or break the eye contact.
"This version is more powerful and in some scenarios intimidating - but Catherine is not intimidating because she’s got her genuine and warm smile. But her handshake is one of power," he explained.
Aside from the eye contact, Rosas observed that the couple nods when they shake hands. He believed that nodding is a good addition to the greeting.
Prince William usually does a single while Middleton does two or three quick nods. In this area, Rosas said, giving a single nod is more powerful and by doing so, the Duke of Cambridge balances his style of handshake as warm and powerful.
"There is something that is important to remember here; it’s not that one handshake is better than the other, or that one of them is wrong, or there is a correct form that you have to follow," he added.
Kate Middleton Has Become More Confident
Kate Middleton has been part of the royal family for a decade already. The Duchess of Cambridge didn't hit the ground running, unlike her sister-in-law Meghan Markle. Some even feel that she has not accomplished as much as the Duchess of Sussex's short tenure as a working royal.
However, many also noticed how much the future queen consort has changed over time. She's more confident. Last month, she surprised many when she played the piano during the Christmas concert while singer-songwriter Tom Walker performed his single For Those Who Can't Be Here.
"There’s no way we would have seen Catherine sit down and play the piano in Westminster Abbey in front of the cameras ten years ago. She would have been too self-conscious and nervous," an insider told Vanity Fair.
"Now, she is a lot more confident in her role and she really understands how to use her profile to put the spotlight on the causes that matter to her. That performance wasn’t about being the star of the show, it was about putting the attention on something close to her heart," the source added.
Stay tuned for more news and updates about Prince William, Kate Middleton and the rest of the royal family.