Prince Harry, 36, and Prince William, 39, have moved apart in recent years but the royal brothers were as thick as thieves growing up. Nonetheless the princes have a very different manner of speaking, a language expert who has analysed footage of them both, has claimed.
Harry quit the royal bubble last March and has since relocated to the USA with his wife Meghan Markle and son Archie Harrison.
Prince William, 38, is based in the UK with his family and is gradually preparing to one day become king.
Harry and William have always had different royal destinies due to their positions in the line of succession and taking contrasting approaches to public speaking.
Language expert and author Judi James analysed Prince Harry’s voice in the first episode of his podcast Archewell and pointed out some key differences between him and William.
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According to Judi, Prince Harry’s accent is now more “Estuary English” than the Queen’s “cut-glass” accent, she also claimed Harry copied Charles’ way of speaking growing up.
Judi told Express.co.uk: “Looking at footage of Harry as a much younger man it appears clear that his accent and style of speaking was a direct mimicry of his father, suggesting a strong desire to please Charles by looking and sounding like a ‘chip off the old block’.”
Judi also claimed Harry and Charles have a similar shape of mouth, while William is more like his late mother Princess Diana.
The expert added: “Unlike William, Harry’s mouth shape is very similar to Charles’s and by keeping a tight lower lip shape and spreading his mouth horizontally with a tendency to pull his lips to one side in an asymmetric movement like Charles, Harry spoke in a similar upper class ‘mumble’.”
Judi added: “William spoke more like his mother, opening his mouth in a less guarded, more relaxed downward movement that his own son George appears to have been influenced by with his more neutral-sounding accent.”
Judi claimed Harry’s accent has altered since he left the UK and he now sounds distinctly “un-royal.”
The expert explained: “Harry’s accent was sounding more neutral by the time he made his ‘exit speech’ before quitting the UK and now he is using a much more trained, media-friendly-sounding style of delivery for his new career as a podcaster he seems to be making a very active effort to sound different and un-royal.
“The influence to change might not have come from Meghan, who was heard cooing over her husband’s voice in their podcast trailer, suggesting she is a fan of his accent. It seems more like a desire to use verbal mirroring and mimicry in a bid to bond with his audience and suggest like-minded thinking and experiences.”
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Judi described Harry as a “chameleon” adapting his accent for the greatest rhetorical impact as has been the case with several public figures including former prime minister Tony Blair.
Judi said: “The chameleon accent could also be part of the ‘I’m Harry!’ intros the prince is choosing now and close to the kind of variable accents and tone that UK politicians have chosen in the past, from Tony Blair’s ‘mockney’ switch when he was visiting housing estates and schools to David Cameron’s ‘Call me Dave’ when he first become PM.”
Meghan and Harry have gained financial independence from the Royal Family after signing lucrative deals with Netflix and Spotify.
The couple have been based in Montecito, Santa Barbara since July and are expected to stay there long term.
The first episode of Archewell, which is hosted by Meghan and Harry was released on Spotify on Tuesday afternoon and featured their son Archie speaking at the end.
Archie wished listeners a “Happy New Year” as the episode came to a close and some fans have struck out at the protective parents for including their son in the recording.
Reacting to the new episode on Twitter, one enraged fan wrote: “For two people who wanted privacy, I find it strange if they are now parading Archie too.
“Perhaps their idea of privacy is different from mine!”
Another fan reflected on how Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William were recently attacked by Sussex fans on social media after they took their children to an event.
The Cambridge fan wrote: “He sounds So cute and lovely but I wonder what the Sussex squad will say they always put down the Cambridge’s and accuse them of using their children for publicity (even though they do it to support the country not themselves ), but I bet they will not say that here (sic).”