King unjustly accused of anger issues in Pengate and showed natural grief

King Charles was "unjustly accused of having anger issues" when videos emerged of him getting irate over pens, according to a body language expert.

The clips went viral following the Queen's death last year when the King was required to sign a series of important documents.

The first came during a meeting of the Accession Council when he signed official declarations to become King. Charles grimaced and pushed an ornate tray of pens away when they got in his way, seemingly ordering someone to remove them.

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The second came at a signing ceremony in Northern Ireland when a pen leaked over his hand. Charles was heard saying: "I can't bear this b****y thing… every stinking time!"

Speaking on behalf of Slingo, body language expert Inbaal Honigman told the Daily Star that Charles "was unjustly accused by some of having anger issues" after the videos did the rounds on social media.

Inbaal claimed that before each show of anger in the so-called 'Pengate' videos, Charles "displays the unmistakable body language of a grieving son".

"His back is hunched, his brow is lowered deeply over his eyes and his lips are turned downwards," she said.

"Having lost both his parents and becoming Head of State himself inside 18 months, he was understandably tense and missing his mother and father.

"Of the five stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance – anger is probably the most visible. When the King was reacting to situations with apparent anger – baring his teeth, scowling or shaking his head, he was acting out of character.

"The irritable behaviour displayed back then was in keeping with the natural reactions to grief."

Inbaal also analysed videos of Charles from more recent public appearances and concluded he has now "processed the sadness at the loss of his parents" and is "more at ease in his role as King".

"In recent interactions with the public we still see the very occasional sign of tension, such as biting his lips when the American national anthem plays during Joe Biden's visit [in July] or a tense hidden fist as he listens to the band playing before entering Balmoral [in August]," she said.

"However, he then goes on to smile and joke on those occasions, so the tension is short-lived.

"In most public appearances we see the King with his back straight, his arms hanging naturally by his sides and his face neutral, which let us know that he is feeling calm and secure. His lips occasionally part as he watches a show or listens to somebody speak, which is a mark of feeling at ease.

"He takes his time greeting well-wishers at the Sandringham flower show [in July] unhurried, and nods while he listens which indicates that there is no pressure on him at all to speed things up.

"In a similar scene greeting locals in St. Ives [in July] the King smiles broadly and sincerely, joking with the crowds."

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