Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, lifted the lid on their time as senior royals and made a string of damning claims against the royal household in a sitdown interview with US chatshow host Oprah Winfrey. As well as sharing sensational details about the short stint as working members of the Firm, a language expert has claimed the Sussexes hoped to appeal to their fanbase and that Harry comes across like a “teenage rebel” when speaking about his father Prince Charles, 72. Language expert Judi James analysed some of the interview’s biggest moments for Express.co.uk and shared her findings.
Meghan ‘panders to Sussex fans’
According to Judi, Meghan uses “clever” language she knows will appeal to her fanbase and works to quash the idea that she was “seeking a life of grandeur in the Royal Family.”
In response to Meghan saying: “I’ve been a waitress, an actress, a princess, a duchess.
“I’ve always just been Meghan though, right?”
Judi said: “This is a cute, cleverly-worded but succinct phrase that manages to get several important messages across.
“It works to quash thoughts that Meghan might have been seeking a life of grandeur in the Royal Family but it also, importantly, is designed as a verbal tie-sign to her fans and public.
“It reminds them how ‘normal’ she is, having worked as a waitress, but it is also a reminder of the status heights she achieved too, and how incredible that jump has been in terms of her life story.
“But it also ends on a very down-to-earth ‘right?’, letting everyone know that she is still the unassuming girl she was before all the changes happened.
“The one-word question at the end sounds rhetorical but it appears to ask for an affirmation from Oprah and Meghan’s audience.”
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‘I was trapped’
Asked about whether Prince Harry would have ditched royal life had it not been for Meghan the Prince responded: “ …I myself was trapped as well. I didn’t see a way out.
“You know I was trapped but I didn’t know I was trapped. I was trapped within the system like the rest of my family are.
“My father, my brother, they are trapped. They don’t get to leave. And I have huge compassion for that.”
Judi responded: “The word ‘trapped’ is repeated five times, suggesting the importance of this word for Harry in terms of working out the complications of the experience he has been through.
“It also implies freedom now for Harry and he appears to have used distance and a change of lifestyle to now look back at his family in the UK with what sounds like pity and, as he says, ‘compassion’ rather than anger.”
Watch the full Harry and Meghan interview with Oprah on ITV on Monday at 9pm or on the ITV hub.