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Prince Harry ‘confident and authoritative’ in new clip – ‘no longer sits beside Meghan’

Prince Harry, 36, is a passionate advocate for mental health and has teamed up with US chat show star Oprah…

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Prince Harry, 36, is a passionate advocate for mental health and has teamed up with US chat show star Oprah Winfrey to tackle stigmas in a new Apple TV docuseries. ‘The Me You Can’t See’ will be released on Apple TV + on Friday, May 21 and a teaser clip in which Harry discusses mental health with Oprah was shared on social media on Monday.

Language expert and author Judi James has analysed Harry’s choice of words in the new clip and shared her insights.

Speaking in the trailer Harry asks Oprah: “What words have you heard around mental health, ‘Crazy’?”

Later in the teaser, he adds: “To make that decision to receive help is not a sign of weakness. In today’s world more than ever, it is a sign of strength.”

Towards the end of the clip, Harry touches on the impact the pandemic will have on people’s mental health.

He says: “The results of this year will be felt for decades. The kids, families, husbands, wives, everybody.”

Harry positions himself as an expert in the new clip and comes across as more authoritative than in previous cameo appearances with his wife Meghan Markle, Judi claimed.

The expert and author told Express.co.uk: “There is a line in this trailer about people ‘hurting together’ and it’s clear that Harry, like all the other A-listers shown weeping in clips, is going to be sharing his pain here.

“But there are also strong hints from his words and the tone and pace he uses to deliver those words that he will be speaking as a wisdom-spouting expert reflecting on his past to help people with their future.”

Harry picks his words carefully and uses slow emphasis to get his message across, according to Judi.

She said: “Harry’s lines come in trailer-size soundbites and he delivers them with a slow emphasis that lets us know how important these statements are.

“He places a pause between each word and he pronounces each word with an emphatic tone, sounding almost like a therapist.”

Highlighting certain phrases in Harry’s speech, Judi said: “‘To make that decision to receive help is not a sign of weakness’ is powerful and moving as he is using it to underpin the core theme of ‘Heroes’.”

She added: “‘In today’s world more than ever it is a sign of strength’ is another carefully-framed and worded statement that has been produced almost back to front to add to the emphasis.

“While ‘The results of this year will be felt for decades’ is a statement worded to suggest power, authority and knowledge.”

Harry speaks to Oprah with the authority of an expert, Judi claimed.

She said: “Even when he speaks about choices of words, asking Oprah ‘What words have you heard around mental health? Crazy?’ he seems to be speaking to her as an expert giving help and leading her to an understanding that he already has.”

The prince seems “rather different” to when he first moved to the USA and according to Judi seems to thrive in this solo project without his wife Meghan Markle at his side.

She said: “This is a rather different Harry from the one we first saw in the US.

“While it was originally Meghan making the strong points with a very emphatic and inspirational style of delivery, Harry tended to sit beside her using verbal fillers and a rather more rambling style to try to speak his mind.

“Now, though, he is appearing as confident and authoritative, speaking in statements of fact rather than offering opinions.”

Judi added: “It’s a large jump to go from discussing or sharing thoughts or opinions to offering knowledgeable facts but he now seems to be working on a higher, more assured platform than he did in the past.”

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