Judi James, a body language expert, spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about Princess Anne’s little-known relationship with Timothy.
She said: “Perhaps the most fascinating thing about Timothy Laurence is that we know so little about him other than the fact that he is married to Princess Anne.
âIf this is what defines the royal family’s ‘invisible man’, it could also be a factor in what is now a very long-term marriage and, we can only assume, a happy marriage.
âWe have very little clue as to what makes this relationship work or how a famous ‘difficult’ but as dedicated and hardworking royal as Anne found ‘the right one’ after initially choosing her first husband at Disney, dashing Mark.
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âMark seemed to fit the criteria for the beauty of romantic heroes.
âBut based on his nickname, he seemed to lack the kind of personality strength that a woman who grew up with Prince Philip as an alpha model might seek.
âEven Anne and Timothy’s wedding day was a very low-key event with no real PDA between the happy couple to allow for any speculation on how they formed a complementary couple,â Judi explained.
âNow, almost 30 years later, Timothy is still the royal bride the public is least likely to recognize or name.
“His body language in public often makes him look more like a low-key personal detective to the Princess Royal than her husband.”
She continued, âHe often stands and faces the poker behind or beside her, but rarely displays body language cues that would give clues as to their status as husband and wife.
Even the pose with Anne and her ex-husband shows Anne displaying a broad, enthusiastic smile as she hugs Mark with evident tenderness while Timothy stands back, looking up with an expression that can only be described as unmoved.
âThe best insight we’ve had to show how and why this wedding works so well came when Anne was recently pictured in her own living room at home.
âShe was sitting in what looked like comfortable chaos with Timothy next to her, looking like the perfect man to put his feet up, relax and share jokes with at the end of a grueling royal day.
âAnd that could be the biggest clue to their success as a couple.
By avoiding any ‘moment’ of revealing body language and creating what could be a deliberate aura of discretion and ‘bland’, Anne and Timothy might have managed to live a life without the royal life soap opera.
“It could be the way they create their own privacy, and it could also be a formula that some of the other royals should have, in retrospect, learned a lesson from.”