Kate Middleton and Prince William recently faced a difficult time in their relationship after it was rumored that the latter had an affair with the former’s good friend, Rose Hanbury.

But despite the ongoing speculations, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stayed strong in their marriage. They have not confirmed or denied the reports, but the royal couple’s relationship appears to be stronger than ever.

And during the recent charity regatta, Prince William and Middleton were smiling while competing in the race. The parents of Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis were also photographed looking very playful.

While speaking with Express, body language expert Judi James said that Prince William and Middleton’s relationship remains unchanged even though they’ve been together for almost two decades. The couple started dating while they were still studying at the University of St. Andrews.

James also said that Prince William and Middleton have always been competitive towards each other especially when they are pitted against each other in any sport.

“But these poses seem to take that playfulness to a new level, with Kate that looks like she’s helpless with laughter while a grinning and beaming William signals sharing and approval via some congruent signals of glee as he stands beside her,” she said.

James went on to say that the Duchess of Cambridge’s body language has become more relaxed recently, and she also seems less concerned about being at the center of attention when she’s out with Prince William.

And just like the mom of three, the future King also displayed his playful side at the charity regatta.

“William often looked more serious and formal and initially here he adopts his signature fig-leaf pose with hands in a self- conscious barrier gesture in front of his pelvis but he is not only laughing with his wife, he also seems to be winding her up too, and that sense of playfulness suggests very strong bonds,” she said.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton royal wedding required the Queen’s help. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pictured arriving for a visit to Evelina London Children’s Hospital on Dec. 11, 2018 in London, England. Chris Jackson/Getty Images