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Prince Harry, 36, cemented his status as a California resident in a new TV interview with comedian and chatshow host James Corden. During The Late Late Show with James Corden spot which aired in the USA on Thursday evening, the Duke spoke about his and Meghan’s decision to ditch life as working royals for the first time. Harry chatted to his old pal Mr Corden as the pair rode around LA on an open-top double-decker bus.
As well as sharing new insights into his life Stateside and opening up about how his son Archie Harrison, one, was getting on, Harry touched on his and Meghan’s decision to leave the royal bubble behind.
The Duke said: “It was stepping back rather than stepping down.
“It was a very difficult environment, as a lot of people saw.”
Prince Harry added: “We all know what the British press can be like, and it was destroying my mental health.
“I was like, ‘This is toxic’, so I did what any husband and any father would do, I want to get my family out of here.
“We never walked away and as far as I’m concerned whatever decisions are made on that side, I will never walk away.
“I will always be contributing, but my life is public service, so wherever I am in the world, it’s going to be the same thing.”
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The interview aired one week after it was confirmed Meghan and Harry would not be returning to their roles as working royals.
Language expert and author Judi James analysed the language used by Prince Harry in his latest interview and shared her findings with Express.co.uk.
According to the expert, Harry’s The Late Late Show appearance highlighted huge differences between how he and Meghan and the Queen conduct themselves publically.
The expert said: “The gaping, gulf-like contrast between UK and US royals appeared to widen to the size of the Grand Canyon yesterday as we saw The Queen talking about wartime spirit and how people should ‘think of others’ as she spoke to the NHS and Harry appeared to be leading his best celebrity life, joking about buying yet another mansion as he toured Bel Air, enjoying a silver service tea as he exchanged banter with James Corden.”
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Judi claimed the Duke seemed keen to emphasise his sense of public service despite his celebrity settings.
She added: “However, despite the celebrity, ‘Haz’ side to the Prince he also sounded keen to discuss the continuity of his sense of duty here.”
According to the language expert, Harry seemed willing to reveal far more about his private life than he had done in previous interviews.
The expert said: “Harry opens up about his private life to Corden via some small but impactful insights, revealing his and Meghan’s affectionate pet names for one another (Haz and Meg) and the fact that Archie’s first word each morning is ‘waffle’.”
Judi added: “We also hear that Prince Philip shuts his laptop down rather than pressing ‘leave’.
“His insights are unrelentingly sweet but we hear more about the family traits of the Queen and Philip, like the fact that the Queen ‘interestingly’ bought little Archie a waffle-maker for Xmas, than we have done in a long while.”
According to Judi, Harry’s careful use of language shows he is conscious about giving away details he knows will be of great interest to fans.
She said: “The way that Harry begins the waffle-maker story with the word ‘Interestingly’ is a verbal way of flagging it up, suggesting it is shared consciously rather than being leaked out.”
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The expert claimed the Duke’s tone is a hybrid of his former royal life and his new celebrity status.
She said: “Harry’s verbal ‘tone’ seems to veer between UK royal and US celeb.
Judi said: “He describes Archie as having an ‘amazing personality’ that his first word each morning is ‘literally’ waffle and prefaces the ‘This is toxic’ line about the British press with the words ‘It was like…’ using a more youthful and casual term of phrase.
“He also tells us that Meg’s waffles involve a ‘beautiful organic mix’.”
According to Judi, Harry makes a concerted effort to play down rumours of a rift between himself and the Queen by mentioning sweet details about his grandparents.
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Judi added: “Harry shows strong relationship ties to his grandmother and grandfather here to squash any rumours that is in some kind of banishment.
“He tells us that it was Meg telling the Queen that Archie wanted a waffle-maker, suggesting direct and fond family links between the two women and he says he and his grandparents have ‘…zoomed a few times’.”
Judi claimed Harry used the TV appearance to emphasise his ongoing dedication to public service as outlined in his and Meghan’s statement about stepping away for good last week.
She said: “But there is also a more serious message that Harry sounds keen to get across and in many ways, his choice of words reflect the formal written response we saw last week.”
“He begins with a sound bite ‘quote’ of the type we have heard Meghan use before.
“These powerful lines sit in the memory of the listener and are often quotes used to encapsulate a lot of emotional thought.
“They often get repeated by others referring to the conversation, like Diana’s ‘There were three of us in this marriage’ or Meghan’s ‘It’s not enough to survive, you’ve got to thrive’.
“Harry tells Corden and us that in terms of his royal life ‘It was stepping back rather than stepping down’.”
According to the expert, Harry uses empathetic language to relay what he described as a “difficult” time for him and Meghan.
Judi said: “Harry also becomes inclusive at this point to suggest shared responses and empathy, telling us that it was a ‘difficult’ environment ‘as a lot of people saw’.
“This is a line worded to gain the nods of agreement and understanding from a listener, as it the next one: ‘We all know what the British press can be like’ and his ‘I did what any husband and father would do’.”
Judi highlighted how Harry made efforts to try and avoid misunderstandings and criticism of his and Meghan’s actions.
The expert concluded: “Harry’s words become even more informative next in the face of any criticism or misunderstandings:
“‘We never walked away’ and ‘as far as I am concerned whatever decisions are made on that side I will never walk away’.
“The use of the words ‘on that side’ suggest sides of a conflict but they are also non-specific rather than pinpointing any individual people.
“‘My life is public service so wherever I am in the world is going to be the same thing’ suggests that continuity of duty, suggesting Harry has used what looks like a fun setting to keep getting the message across that his sense of duty has not been compromised.”