Prince Harry aspires to be a world leader. – Expert analysis on the most recent address
A linguist claims that Prince Harry’s use of language in his most recent public engagement implies he is positioning himself as a “global leader and expert.”
The 36-year-old Prince Harry made a surprise virtual presence at the GQ Men of the Year awards in London. The Duke of Sussex, who lives in Montecito, Santa Barbara, did not go across the pond to attend the ceremony in person, instead calling in from his house.
In a black tie and suit, Prince Harry spoke about vaccine equity, something he and his wife Meghan Markle have actively pushed for, and warned about “mass-scale misinformation across news media and social media” that might erode people’s trust in the vaccines.
Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, Professor Catherine Green, and the team behind the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine were among the beneficiaries of the Heroes of the Year Award he delivered.
Prince Harry’s strong belief in the significance of a global vaccination campaign to eradicate COVID-19 was stressed in his address.
It also showed, according to language expert Judi James, that Prince Harry regards himself as a member of the global leadership community.
“This presence from Harry at the GQ Awards seemed to morph from a humble and gracious introduction of the award-winners into a profile-puff for Harry and ‘my wife’ before ending up as a lecture delivered in the tone of an expert,” Ms James said of the Duke’s remarks.
“‘I’m incredibly honored…’ Our heroes of the evening…’ says Harry is appropriately awed and humbled to be delivering the prize, albeit digitally.
“By the second paragraph, Harry’s linguistic status has been elevated to that of expert and leader, thanks to the employment of assertive opinion phrased as a statement ‘an early example of the biotech partnership we need to bring this global problem to a close.’
“By the third paragraph, Harry’s use of words has transformed his opening thoughts into a lecture from someone who obviously positions themselves as a global leader and expert, or at the very least as someone who ‘convenes’ with them.
“‘Until every community can receive the vaccination… then we are all at risk,’ is phrased and delivered in a lecture-like tone, and by stating his sources second rather than first, ‘That’s a common refrain…’ follows.
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