Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will no longer be working senior royals from 31 March this year. After this, the duo explained they hope to forge their own careers outside the Royal Family and may turn to public speaking to do this. However, an expert explained why Prince Harry might need to take speaking tips from the Duchess of Sussex.
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On Wednesday, Prince Harry returned to the UK to complete the last of his official royal duties.
He attended an eco-tourism summit in Edinburgh where he made a speech and asked to be called “just Harry”.
Once he has stepped back from the Royal Family, Prince Harry might choose to make public speaking a career, communication and body language expert Judi James told Express.co.uk.
She said: “If Harry is going to forge his own money-making career away from the privileged and cosseted world he grew up in as a Prince, public speaking is clearly going to be high on his agenda.
“Top speakers can draw huge audiences and earn thousands or even millions per gig, but whoever they are and however big their name, they will still all have one thing in common: they are very powerful orators who are hugely skilled at delivering their messages.”
If he does do this, Prince Harry might have to make some changes in how he delivers speeches.
Analysing his recent speeches, the expert explained Harry needs to use empathy more when making speeches.
She told Express.co.uk: “He needs to use empathy. This will be tricky for Harry.
“When Meghan speaks powerfully about subjects like race and gender, she doesn’t need to tell her audience she shares their experiences and thoughts.
“When Harry talks about world poverty though the empathy angle isn’t quite so obvious.
“”Harry’s vocal pitch rises slightly during a speech, suggesting he is nervous, and he uses little variation in pitch, tone and pauses.”
When making speeches, Prince Harry has appeared to rely on a script too much which could hinder his connection with the audience.
Judi added: “Notes are ok but no-one will pay big bucks to see someone get up on stage and just read a script out loud.
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“Either speak from the heart with a few notes or reminders of your structure as a prompt, or learn how to use auto-cue and learn how to use it well, with no ‘rabbit caught in the headlights’ eye movements.
“Harry’s first speech as ‘Just Harry’ was read word for word. Meghan does keep some kind of notes on her lectern but she always turns her face and eyes to the audience to engage them personally.”
When making speeches, the Duchess of Sussex will often make an effort to connect with the audience.
This is something Prince Harry could take tips from to improve his own communications, Judi continued.
“He needs to use ‘You’ rather than ‘I’,” she said. “Harry’s current narrative involves his own life with Meghan and the messages he wants to get across about his feelings and decisions to quit the royals.
“This focus on himself will need to convert into passion for his core messages though.
“It needs to be all about his audience or the charities or causes he is promoting.
“When Meghan gave a speech in New Zealand, she praised the country and used the ‘you’ word to address and inspire her audiences, making them feel it was about them, not her.
“A charismatic speaker will make their audience feel good rather than just promoting themselves.”
Who is Meghan Markle? Quick profile
Meghan Markle was born Rachel Meghan Markle, on August 4, 1981 to parents Doria Ragland and father Thomas Markle.
Her father was previously married to Roslyn Loveless and Meghan has two elder half sibling – sister Samantha Markle and brother Thomas Markle Junior.
Meghan’s first television appearance in the USA was in an episode of the medical drama General Hospital in 2002.
She later moved on to roles in CSI, Without a Trace and Castle along with bit parts in Hollywood films including Get Him to the Greek, Remember Me and Horrible Bosses.
Meghan was also a “briefcase girl” on Deal or No Deal – but her most famous role was as Rachel Zane in legal drama Suits, which launched in 2011.
She was written out in the finale of the seventh series when her character got married, which aired in April 2018 – just before she got married herself.
Charity and humanitarian work
Meghan Markle’s career in television has gone hand-in-hand with her support for causes close to her heart.
She wrote about the stigma around menstrual health in an article for Time magazine and was a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada – with whom she travelled to Rwanda for the charity’s Clean Water Campaign.
And her commitment to gender equality has seen her work with the United Nations – receiving a standing ovation in 2015 for her speech to mark International Women’s Day.
In September 2011, she wed film producer Trevor Engelson, who she began dating in 2004.
But the pair divorced two years later in August 2013, citing irreconcilable difference.
She was in a relationship with celebrity chef Cory Vitiello for almost two years, before they broke it off in 2016 but the two remain good friends.
And in June 2016, she met Prince Harry on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.
Their relationship began in October that year and just over one year later, on November 27, 2017, the pair announced their engagement.
They married on May 19, 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Some have claimed Meghan Markle is the first mixed-race member of the Royal Family.
Historians are still arguing about Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.
But Meghan will be the first royal to openly embrace a mixed-race heritage.
She has written about the difficulties of being a biracial actress in Hollywood as she claims she is not black enough for some roles and not white enough for others.
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