Prince Harry “ adjusts his accent ” by dropping his T’s and using Americanisms to “ fit in better and be liked, ” said a speech expert.
The 36-year-old Duke of Sussex appeared on Dax Shepherd’s ‘Armchair Expert’ podcast to promote his Apple TV + series with Oprah Winfrey, The Me You Can’t See, which explores mental health and premieres Friday 21st of May.
During his conversation, exposing his struggles with the royal family, communications guru Emma Serlin noted that Harry, who currently lives in his $ 14 million California mansion with Meghan Markle and their son Archie, appears to have developed an American twist. British accent.
The founder of the Speech Workshop in London told FEMAIL: “It’s not so much that he’s developed an American accent, but more that he’s adapting his. For example dropping his Ts… and using Americanisms. ‘
She added, ‘This softening of his own accent is really his psychology at play … He has a strong desire to be liked and connect.
“ Adjusting our accents to make people feel comfortable is a way of reaching out and saying ‘I’m like you’. It’s about being accessible. ‘
Prince Harry (pictured earlier this month) ‘adjusts his accent’ by dropping his T’s and using Americanisms to ‘fit in better and be liked,’ says a speech expert
The speech expert continued, ‘Dropping Ts is something that a lot of people with elevated or neutral RP accents will do to better connect with the people they are talking to.
“This softening of his own accent is really his psychology at play – he’s a younger sibling with a rebellious streak who has inherited his mother’s skills.”
She explained how the Royal Family has changed his voice many times over the years, with Emma first noting that his accent softened when he was in the military.
Also note how his interviewers thought he would be “stiff and regal” and actually he was “nice and a real guy.” That’s his MO, ”Emma explained. “It’s always been how he wanted to be seen.”
During his conversation with the American host Dax, Harry uses some Americanisms. Emma noted, “In terms of his use of Americanisms in his language, rather than being engaging or not authentic, this can be seen as culturally respectful.
The Duke of Sussex (pictured with Meghan Markle during their interview with Oprah) appeared on Dax Shepherd’s podcast ‘Armchair Expert’ to promote his Apple TV + series with Oprah Winfrey, The Me You Can’t See, in which he played the explores mental health and premieres on Friday. , 21st of May
‘If you move to another place you have options, you can keep every element of your initial cultural identity and refuse to change your accent or language, and this can be seen as particularly deep-seated and even stubborn.
The other option is to adapt, show a willingness to adapt, and Harry shows that he is willing to give up elements of his culture to fit into another.
“Harry’s softened accent and language show that he is more driven to connect, to belong, to be liked, not separate from, than to maintain his cultural identity.”
Jon Briggs, communications coach and broadcaster, added that Harry is likely adjusting his voice to sound closer to the people he speaks to.
In this interview, he talks to two people with very heavy American accents, to which he can be easily and seductively adapted. In addition, it says, “I’m just like you and I fit you” instead of being confrontational or combative, “he told FEMAIL.
Dax Shepard, who is married to actress Kristen Bell, is leading the popular podcast interviewing stars in America. It has been bought up by Spotify, who have a deal with the Sussexes
The reason he is more like his hosts is his use of ‘must’, ‘could’ and ‘will’ – instead of ‘must’, ‘could’ and ‘want’ – which he would say much more often in the company of his own family. ‘
In the podcast, Harry compared his life as a mix of The Truman Show – when Jim Carrey’s character discovers his life is a TV show – and an animal at the zoo while discussing his mental health.
When asked if he felt ‘in a cage’ during royal duties, he said, ‘It’s the job, right? Grin and bear it. Go on with it. I was in my early twenties and I thought I don’t want this job, I don’t want to be here.
‘I don’t want to do this. Look what it did to my mom, how can I ever settle down and have a wife and a family when I know it’s going to happen again. ‘
He added: ‘I’ve seen behind the curtain, I’ve seen the business model and how this whole thing works and I don’t want to be a part of this,’ before revealing that he had therapy after meeting Meghan, who ‘ ‘a bubble burst and he decided to’ stop complaining ‘.