express– Prince Harry, 36, is passionate about conservation and is involved in several projects working to tackle environmental issues. Harry was invited to take part in a conversation to launch new environmental documentary streaming platform WaterBear this week and during the interview shared his thoughts on climate change.
The “In Conversation with Prince Harry Duke of Sussex” is available to watch on WaterBear and in it, the Duke urges for affirmative action against climate change.
During the interview, Harry said: “For me, it’s about putting the do’s behind the say’s, and that is something that WaterBear is going to be doing: capitalising on a community of doers.
“There’s a lot of people that say, but this is about action.”
Language expert and author Judi James told analysed Harry’s rhetoric for Express.co.uk and shared her findings.
According to the analyst, Harry struggles to put forward a clear message and comes across as “thoroughly muddled” in “PR gobbledygook.”
Judi said: “Surrounded by a sea of quotes about: ‘… sustainable nature-based economic stimulus packages that embrace a One Health approach…’ and ‘training a young generation of talented storytellers to create more inspiration and excitement around those values…’, Harry appears to be drowning in a sea of corporate-speak himself here, getting thoroughly muddled in the process as he talks about ‘putting the do’s behind the say’s’.
“The important subject of environment might have gained more from Harry’s signature straightforward, straight-talking approach.”
According to Judi, Harry seems to have lost some of his usual “clarity” in this latest address.
She added: “As he must know from his time in the forces, when you’re dealing with an emergency it’s all about simplicity and clarity rather than verbal smoke and mirrors.
“It’s a skill that Greta Thunberg has and it makes her rhetoric inspirational.
“Harry’s campaign is about getting people to take action and he refers to ‘capitalising on a community of doers’ but PR gobbledegook tends to be more about confusion and delay.”
Judi claimed Harry’s use of language indicates his wish to “stamp his name on the theme.”
The expert said: “Harry is keen to stamp his name on the theme, using the term ‘For me…’ to suggests these are his own thoughts rather than a contrived script but his next words: ‘For me, it’s about putting the do’s behind the say’s’ makes it sound as though he’s promoting speech over action rather than the other way round.”
Judi claims the duke would have had more impact had he opted for simpler language.
She said: “It’s possible to see what he might be getting at but that message is a simple one and some clear, simple wording might have had more impact.”
According to Judi, Harry’s use of jargon suggest he lacks confidence around the topic he is addressing.
The expert said: “Obscure-speak tends to be used when someone lacks confidence and hopes to sound more knowledgeable or to avoid criticism by wrapping their ideas up in mild confusion.”
Judi also claimed Harry’s latest appearance hints at his wish to cater to his US audience.
Judi concluded: “It suggests that Harry is still trying to impress his US audience while playing catch-up in terms of intellect and experience.”