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Rhiannon Du Cann & Chiara Fiorillo

'Tension' between Kate and Prince William explained after he told her 'chop, chop'

There was "tension" between the Prince and Princess of Wales after Prince William told his wife Catherine "chop, chop" at a royal wedding earlier this month.

The couple were invited to the wedding of Crown Prince Hussein, 28, and his Saudi Arabian bride Rajwa Alseif, 29, in Jordan on June 1.

As they joined a queue of guests to greet the newlyweds, Kate could be seen chatting animatedly to the bride.

But a video showed William appearing slightly restless while his wife complimented the new bride and told her "chop chop", encouraging her to move faster.

On the latest episode of Podcast Royal, hosted by Rachel Burchfield and Jessica Robinson, they discussed the moment - with Ms Burchfield saying William was not "disrespectful", but adding she could "sense Kate's tension" afterward.

The Prince and Princess of Wales attending the wedding in Jordan earlier this month (Balkis Press/ABACA/REX/Shutterstock)
A podcaster said she noticed 'Kate's tension' (PA)

The podcaster said: "Husbands, do not do this, don't do this. William told Kate to 'chop chop' as she spoke to the bride.

"First of all William, you were talking to the bride forever, dude, and then Kate gets up there and she's talking to her for like no time at all and then he/'s like chop, chop — no!"

Co-host Ms Robinson said she thought the moment was "funny", but Ms Burchfield replied: "I know he wasn't doing it to be disrespectful, I don't think so. But you can kind of sense Kate's tension as they were walking off, or at least I could."

Meanwhile, body language expert Judi James said William appeared "rude" and "impatient" during the "strange" moment, reports the Express.

She said: "While he has clearly moved on from the meet and greet with the bride and groom, Kate stands talking to the bride in an animated and very friendly way.

William and Kate were among guests at the royal wedding (PA)

"She is not causing a ‘log jam’ but holding up the queue and the next guests are still talking to the groom, so there appears to be no logical reason for William to hurry his wife along, especially as she only adds a few seconds to the conversation.

"Whether he says ‘chop chop’ his hand gesture alone is bad enough, with a winding gesture that would normally imply that time is running out."

King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan proudly watched as their son was wed during an Islamic marriage ceremony known as a "katb ktab" held in a gazebo in the garden of the Zahran Palace and conducted by the Royal Hashemite Court Imam Dr Ahmed Al Khalaileh.

Crown Prince Hussein and his wife Saudi Rajwa al-Seif leaving the Zahran Palace in Amman following their wedding ceremony on June 1 (Jordanian Royal Palace/AFP via G)

Jordan's ruling monarch and his wife greeted the guests when they arrived and warmly shook hands and kissed the prince and princess, with William nodding his head as a mark of respect when he met the King and Kate curtseying.

After the royal nuptials, several women performed Zaghrata - ululation - a joyous sound commonly used to express happiness at Jordanian and Arab celebrations, and the newlyweds greeted their guests.

The Prince and Princess of Wales have ties with Jordan, with Kate's family living in Amman for a few years in the mid-1980s when she was young girl and the couple enjoyed a 2021 holiday in the Middle East country with their children.

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