When it comes to royal engagements, the Duchess of Cambridge is usually poised to perfection – but during a day at sea, Kate was left visibly hot under the collar by some rather unexpected male attention.
The world watched as handsome UK sailor Sir Ben Ainslie fawned over Kate – and the events didn’t go unnoticed by Prince William, either. In fact, Wills was left rather bemused by the flirtatious encounter – while he completely trusts Kate, 34, the young royal thought the flirtfest was particularly bad form coming from his old friend.
"Kate and Ben have been friends for years, and he’s made no secret of how he feels about her," says a source close to Kate. ‘She always chastises him and tells him to stop being naughty – especially as she knows how it upsets Wills.
Leading US body language expert Susan Constantine tells New Idea that 33-year-old Wills has good reason to be suspicious of Ben, who’s married to UK TV presenter Georgie Thompson.
Susan reveals that Ben’s behaviour towards Kate is "very telling" – and that the duchess is clearly flattered by the attention. "I’d say she has a schoolgirl crush on this guy and she’s trying to hold it in, but her body betrays it with her extreme smile. She’s very flattered by this guy and enjoys the attention," Susan says.
Tension between William and Kate was obvious a few days later when the royal couple attended the Chelsea Flower Show, with one insider saying they barely spoke to each other. ‘"They usually smile and joke with one another," the source says. "But there was none of that at the flower show. They seemed very tense with each other, that’s for sure."
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