‘Cold and hard’ Kate Middleton has perfected ‘power play’ move against William

Kate Middleton has a "power play" move she uses to keep husband Prince William in check, a body language expert claimed.

The Prince and Princess of Wales celebrated St Patrick's Day with the Irish Guard on Friday (March 17), which also saw Kate take on her new role as Colonel of the regiment from William.

And body language expert Judi James says the former Duchess of Cambridge took the role seriously, using a "cold, hard stare" directed at her husband to show off her authority.

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"She stands fully to attention as she fixes William with what looks like a seriously cold, hard stare," James told the Express.

"The look shows how seriously Kate is taking her new role. Her body language is immaculate here and military, rather than royal."

Darren Stanton, speaking on behalf of Betfair Bingo, agreed and said Kate's outfit choice – a daring all-turquoise look – was also a deliberate attempt to assert her "authority" in the new role.

"I would definitely say Kate was dressed in her superhero colour, which is usually red, blue or turquoise. It's clear she wanted to stand out from the crowd and assert her authority over William and the other guests," Stanton said.

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During the public engagement, the pair could be seen sipping pints of Guinness as the future King remarked how "incredibly sad" he was to be leaving his role as Colonel as he passed the baton to his wife.

"Whilst I am extremely happy to be here celebrating St Patrick’s Day with you once again, I’m incredibly sad to be giving this speech, as it really does mean my time as your colonel has come to an end," he said.

"It has been one of the great honours of my life to hold that title; I’m proud of everything it stands for – just as I’m immensely proud of every single one of you.

"I may be stepping aside, but in Colonel Catherine you have a committed, focused and already incredibly loyal 11th Colonel."

The news comes following reports that Kate and her husband were bickering over the role their son, Prince George, would play in King Charles' coronation later this year.

The pair were understood at one point to be "considering" the possibility of handing their eldest child a major responsibility at the royal event on May 6.

But speaking to the Express, royal commentator Tom Quinn hinted there had been a "bit of an argument" going on behind the scenes over what role the King's grandson would play at the lavish ceremony as his parents are "worried" about the pressure it could place on the nine-year-old.

The author of the new book Gilded Youth said: "I've heard from my contacts that there is a bit of an argument going on about whether George should play a more formal role. I've heard that Kate and William are worried that it will be too much for him."

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