Prince Harry gives speech at The 2021 Diana Awards
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Prince Harry, 36, honoured his late mother Princess Diana’s legacy in an emotional video message which was shared as part of the 2021 Diana Awards ceremony. During the speech, the Duke of Sussex paid tribute to Diana ahead of what would have been her 60th birthday and hoped to inspire a new generation of young people to follow in her footsteps.
As well as praising his mother’s humanitarian work and encouraging others to continue her legacy, he used “words of sharing and unity” when referring to his brother Prince William, 39, suggesting he may seek reconciliation when they reunite to unveil a new statue of their mother on Thursday, a language expert has claimed.
Speaking in the pre-recorded clip, Prince Harry said: “Later this week, my brother and I are recognising what would have been our mum’s 60th birthday, and she would be so proud of you all for living authentic life with purpose and with compassion for others.
“Our mum believed that young people have the power to change the world. She believed in your strength because she saw it day in and day out and in the faces of young people exactly like you, she witnessed a boundless enthusiasm and passion.
“And I too see those same values shine through as it has done for 21 years now, The Diana Award carries her legacy forward by putting young people at the centre of our future. And this has never been more important.”
Referring to his wife Meghan Markle, 39, the Duke added: “Meg and I fundamentally believe that our world is at the cusp of change, real change for the good of all. But the question before us is what that change will look like.
“The Covid-19 crisis exposed severe inequities and imbalances around the world. We saw the disproportionate effect of this pandemic on communities of colour, on women, on underserved communities and on less wealthy countries.
“We’ve seen and unless we take swift action, we will continue to see a disparity in our humanitarian and moral obligation to vaccinate the world.
“There is a great need for young leadership and there is no greater time to be a young leader. I believe in you. We believe in you. And that belief in your own ability to change the world in doing the right thing is what makes you a force to be reckoned with.”
He ended the video by saying: “Never be afraid to do what’s right. Stand up for what you believe in and trust that when you live by truth and in service to others, people will see that just as they did with my mum.”
Language analyst and author Judi James examined Harry’s latest speech and claimed it was “touchingly personal.”
The expert told Express.co.uk: “Harry’s words here are emotionally inspirational.
“Many global speakers use the same technique, creating a resonance in people’s minds and a sense of confidence and energy in young people who might not feel they have any power to create change.”
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Judi added: “This is hybrid Harry, linking his mother’s life and values to the ongoing messages of belief and change that he and Meghan have been promoting recently and this very personal linking suggests he is the one who has picked up where she was forced to leave off.
“His references to Diana are touchingly personal, calling her ‘Our mum…’ but he then raises her memory from mother to campaigner by using terms like her ‘legacy’, which he applies twice.
“This makes Diana more than just a memory but also an inspiration that is as relevant now as it was years ago.
“Some of Harry’s sentiments here might be a little obscure for a UK audience, like ‘Putting the do’s behind the say’s.’”
Harry’s use of language is not always clear and may need some explaining, Judi claimed.
She said: “He describes this as the ‘personification of our mother’s legacy’ but the phrase might need some explanation to have maximum impact.
“When Harry says ‘I believe in you…we believe in you’ to the ‘young leaders’ he addresses, the message is, again, energising and emotionally inspirational although without the focus of what ‘changing the world’ really means.
“Harry is very strong at this point, rallying with the words ‘doing the right thing is what makes you a force to be reckoned with’ although there is another gap in specifics about what ‘the right thing’ is.”
But despite Harry’s evocative use of language much of what he said may have been overshadowed by the ongoing rift with his brother William, Judi claimed.
She added: “Of course it is the more personal hooks that will overshadow even his most inspirational words here, though.”
Harry seems to hint at his wish to make up with William by using “compassionate” language, Judi claimed.
She added: “Harry and William have sadly managed to become magnets of global attention thanks to their rift and that means that his references to his brother are in danger of having more impact than his messages here about compassion and ‘doing the right thing’.”
“It’s perhaps an echo of Harry’s ‘compassionate’ message though that means he references William in words of sharing and unity, using the term ‘our mother’s legacy’ more than once and referring to Diana as ‘our mum’.”
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