What the Royals' Penmanship Reveals About Them

Every royal has their own handwriting, and apparently, it speaks volumes about their personalities. Emma Bache decoded some of the royals penmanships to reveal something about them.

Every stroke of the pen may mean something about a person’s personality -- including the royals. Graphologist and author of “Reading Between the Lines,” Emma Bache, studied and explained some members of the royal family’s personality based on their penmanship.


Apart from Kate Middleton looking like she was groomed for the job of being a duchess; her penmanship fits that description as well with it looking regal. But of course, Meghan Markle’s handwriting does not stand down with its fancy cursive strokes here and there, which is credited to the fact that she was once a calligrapher.

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Today The Duchess of Cambridge visited @bletchleyparkuk, the home of British codebreaking — which played a major role in secret intelligence gathering during the Second World War, producing secret information which had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the war. The Duchess joined joined schoolchildren for an immersive workshop (using a real Enigma Machine used during the Second World War), which saw them take on the role of codebreakers in June 1944, intercepting and deciphering German communications in order to understand their order of battle and decide whether the Operation Fortitude deception plans have been successful. She also met Bletchley Veterans Elizabeth Diacon, Georgina Rose, Audrey Mather and Rena Stewart, who all worked to feed crucial information to Allied forces in the critical months, weeks and days leading up to D-Day during #WW2. The Duchess’s own Grandmother and Great Aunt, Valerie and Mary Glassborow, both worked at Bletchley during the War — and have become the latest additions to Bletchley’s Codebreakers’ Wall of Honour. Bletchley’s new exhibition ‘D-Day: Interception, Intelligence, Invasion’, based on newly declassified material, shows how the intelligence effort coordinated at the site helped specifically in the success of the D-Day landings at Normandy, part of their work to bring together the past and the present, with a nod to the future.

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During the Green People beauty launch, Bache revealed the Duchess of Cambridge to be “very very well organized” which fits well with her poised and calm behavior, which goes only until things don’t go according to plan.

“She’s conservative by nature -- she’s not going to upset anybody very easily. And her signature is right in the middle of the page; what you see is what you get. She knows her own mind, has a healthy ego and feels absolutely no need to put on airs and graces,” Bache said.

On the other hand, Markle’s cursive penmanship goes far beyond fanciness and calligraphy strokes and instead shows an overprotective duchess. 

“This is a woman who is used to being in the spotlight. These strokes that go over covering the words, that’s self-protecting; she’s going to react to criticism,” Bache continued about Markle.

When it comes to comparing the duchesses, Middleton shows a more controlled emotional outburst as seen in the heights of her t’s and d’s, which suits to be above-average. On the other hand, Markle’s right slanted writing projects her short temper and impulsiveness.


Prince William is much like his wife when it comes to analyzing his penmanship -- “solid and steady.” In her book, “Reading Between the Lines,” Backe wrote about Prince William:

“We can see that he is quite shy in reality and would not normally choose to push himself forward or hog the limelight. The wide spaces between his words show his need for some independence and privacy.”

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The duke’s brother, Prince Harry, is said to have a little more edge in his writing, showing his slight irresponsibility during his younger years. Bache added that Harry is “actually deeply sensitive" despite displaying a stubborn front, as seen in his vertical strokes.

His underscore found below his signature, which says “Harry,” with a fading effect toward the end, also reflects his wanting to be noticed.

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After serving in the @BritishArmy for ten years, The Duke of Sussex has committed himself to promoting the welfare of members of the Armed Forces and veterans. The Duke knows the lasting effects military service can have, as soldiers recover from PTS after battle or struggle to get back into the normalities of civilian life. Through his work with servicemen and women, The Duke has also seen how families benefit from extra support when their loved ones are away and adjusting to life back home. He met many soldiers and their families at the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch in London today. This is an annual event which raises money for @soldierscharity to support those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Duke’s work with wounded servicemen and women has included creating @weareinvictusgames, volunteering with the Army's Personnel Recovery Unit in London, trekking with wounded servicemen and women to the South Pole and in the Arctic and supporting a number of adventure challenges through his Endeavour Fund. The Duchess of Sussex was unfortunately unable to attend today, but has joined her husband in supporting the troops at the Invictus Games, Endeavour Fund and with the TILS Fund, as an extension of her previous work in this space. By participating in events like today’s, The Duke hopes that servicemen and women are recognised for their unique skill set and abilities, and that we all work together to ensure that they and their families have the support they need and deserve during and after service.

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Princess Eugenie’s signature shows similarity to a thread flowing which reveals her “quick-minded” and “quick-witted” personality. She is good at analyzing and treating others and would make a great PR officer.

On the other hand, Princess Beatrice’s penmanship shows her to be one who worries a lot, yet remains “optimistic” and caring, as a mother would.

The royals’ handwritings were seen through various time, but mostly in signatures. Middleton’s latest shown written note was during her Chelsea Flower Show garden where she wrote “Boulder hopping in the Lake District” and posted it on a wall full of “joyful garden memories.”

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Middleton initiated the “Back to Nature” garden to encourage people to enjoy the great outdoors and see the benefits it can bring mentally and physically. The garden includes a swing set, a campfire, and a rustic den. 

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