Between the lines on the royal wedding

With the royal wedding almost upon us hand-writing expert Jacqui Cameron looks at the styles of Prince William and Kate Middleton to assess how well-matched they really are . . .

With the Royal Wedding almost upon us hand-writing expert Jacqui Cameron looks at the styles of Prince William and Kate Middleton to assess how well-matched they really are.

Prince William and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton are pictured looking very happy together, and said to be a well-matched couple.

In studying their fascinating handwriting samples, I am able to discern how well-matched they truly are, and where any differences in personality might be problematic.

It is important to know whether a writer is right or left handed, and William is left-handed.

Firstly, consideration is made of the size and slant of the script.

Prince William’s script is very small, mostly upright, but with a very slight right slant to a few letters (eg "after" in line 1). For left-handed writers the natural slant is to the left so the indication of the upright writing (1) is that William has had to overcome much of his natural tendency to be introspective, becoming outwardly social, but remaining cautious and thoughtful, modest and naturally reticent. He needs space and time for himself and it may often be difficult, even painful, for him to be the focus of attention.

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Kate’s handwriting (and she is right-handed) is mostly consistently right slanted (eg "wonderful") and script size is slightly above average. The writing is spontaneous and lively, showing Kate to have a naturally outgoing and confident personality and that she is kindly and clear-thinking.

Next to consider is the spacing between words and letters.

William’s writing has very large spacing between all words (eg "next time") and both of the lines, which reinforces, in graphological terms, his need for personal space and a fear of showing emotion when in his public life, which may have been imposed particularly from the time of his mother’s tragic death, when he appeared in public so incredibly composed.

Kate’s writing sample contrasts markedly in that the spacing between words is small to average (eg "again soon.") Spacing between lines is mostly small, (eg lines 2 and 3 midline, words "trying" and "hope".) This signifies she instinctively acknowledges and can express her feelings, thrives on social contact and would be unhappy with much solitariness.

Looking at the crucially important signatures and capital I’s, the Prince makes a small but traditionally formed capital"I", which shows intelligence and culture, though the smallness of the personal capital also shows shyness and modesty. The signature though, ("William") has a large "W", increased overall size and is underlined (as are many royal signatures, the late King George VI , also left-handed, double underlined his signature.) Undoubtedly, he understands the position he has inherited, and, like the late King George VI will work tirelessly to continue to do his best, despite personal doubts and difficulties.

Catherine shows a completely different syle in both her capital "I" which is one simple stroke, right-slanting, showing her genuine and open nature, with no pretensions. The signature too, interestingly not "Kate" but "Catherine Middleton", s very legible, of compatible size with the main script. This confirms her to be uncomplicated and sociable, with clear views and ability to focus on essentials. There is an unusual formation of the capital "M," a small mystery here regarding her thoughts about her family name.

In summary, William and Kate show very different personalities, which naturally will require tolerance from both, but largely they can compliment each other. Kate’s warmth and straightforwardness can encourage William when he has self-doubt and demands on him are heavy. His steadfastness and respect for tradition will help Kate, when she is learning to adapt to the restrictions of royal status. Both need essential time away from the royal circle and public gaze, Kate to remind herself of her natural spontaneity, and William to reflect and regain confidence.

Their undoubted love for each other, and shared sense of humour should see them succeed in their separate and combined roles.

Former Elmswell-based graphologist Jacqui Cameron is now retired and living in Norfolk but can be contacted on

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