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Meghan Markle and Harry ‘flex authority in UK’ in article after ditching Britain – expert

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Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, marked the start of Britain’s Black History Month with a powerful new interview and co-authored article. The couple spoke to the Evening Standard about their wish to end ‘structural racism in Britain’ as well as writing an article outlining their hopes for Black History month.

In the powerful piece, Meghan and Harry write: “As we look at society today, there has been unquestionable progress in the three decades since Black History Month was formally established in the UK, yet in many ways, sufficient progress has not been achieved.

“For as long as structural racism exists, there will be generations of young people of colour who do not start their lives with the same equality of opportunity as their white peers.

“And for as long as that continues, untapped potential will never get to be realised.

“If you are white and British, the world you see often looks just like you — on TV, in media, in the role models celebrated across our nation. That is not a criticism; it’s reality.

“Many recognise this, but others are not aware of the effect this has on our own perspective, our own bias, but also the effect it has on young people of colour.

“For people of colour and specifically for young black Britons, the importance of representation in all parts of society, of seeing role models that share the same colour skin as them, and seeing and reading stories of success and of hope from those who look like them, is absolutely vital in opening doors of opportunity.”

Language expert and author Judi James analysed the article for Express.co.uk and shared her findings.

According to Judi, the article is more “like a lecture” than a typical comment piece.

Judi said: “This article written by Harry and Meghan is structured as a written speech or even a lecture rather than in the normal style of comment pieces or editorials.

“Part of that is to do with the abbreviated sentences that often read more as a series of memorable, attributable power- soundbites to be used as quotes, or which might have been existing quotes they have heard or read, like: ‘We hope for a society where we see each other for who we are, where we thank each other for what we do.’”

According to Judi Meghan and Harry employ ‘authoritarian’ language to maximise their impact.

She added: “The other reason is the authoritarian, formal, ‘tell’ tone that is used to make it hard-hitting and full of impact, like: ‘We must commit to…’”

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Judi claims the couple “are projecting” and wish to get across their “new authority.”

She said: “This is a message they are projecting at us, rather than one with a more relaxed, sharing and even chatty or discursive tone.

“The other emphatic point is the scope of the Sussex’s new authority.”

According to the language expert, Meghan and Harry wanted to hold onto their influence in Britain despite leaving the country behind and relocating to the US.

Judi said: “Having heard them inspire and encourage people in the US in their role as global influencers, this article shows the intended reach of their campaigning tentacles back in the country many fans might have assumed Harry had left behind.”

Judi claims the repeated uses of the word ‘Britain’ exhibits his wish to come across as a native rather than “an ex-pat.”

She said: “Their verbal focus is so firmly on the UK in this piece that the references are constant to ensure we know exactly who they are talking about.

“In a short article, there are twelve references to ‘Britain’ ‘British’ ‘Brits’ ‘Britons’ ‘UK’ and ‘This nation’, suggesting their audiences and fans here and in the US know exactly where their influencing muscle will be flexed.

“The reference to ‘This nation’ is also possibly telling, as it implies Harry is speaking from within the UK rather than as an ex-pat.”

Judi also claims their use of language creates confusion as to “where Harry calls home.”

She said: “It is a confusing reference and when they write ‘We are a better nation thanks to the people on this list’ that confusion about where Harry calls ‘home’ could deepen.”

According to Judi, the article is peppered with reminders of Harry and Meghan’s wish to be “influencers.”

She said: “There are also reminders of Harry and Meghan’s intention to be seen as a team of two in their careers as influencers.

“The ‘We’ references imply they wrote the piece together and it is also used to remind us that they acted as a team throughout, i.e.: ‘We asked them to identify…’”

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