Does Prince Harry Speak a Foreign Language?

Learning a foreign language isn’t a requirement in the royal family. However, that hasn’t stopped some members of the monarchy from becoming fluent in multiple languages.

According to reports, Prince Charles and Prince William are the most impressive linguists in the royal family with knowledge of at leave five languages. Prince Philip is also multilingual with fluency in English, French, and German. But, what about Prince Harry? Does the Duke of Sussex speak a foreign language like his father, brother, and grandfather?

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Does Prince Harry speak a foreign language?

Some suggest Prince Harry does not speak a foreign language — at least not fluently — which is surprising given how many languages his brother and father know.

That said, the Duke of Sussex knows some words and phrases and has delivered speeches and greeted leaders in their foreign language while abroad for royal engagements. Additionally, Prince Harry learned some French in school.

While sitting in on a German class during his royal tour of New Zealand, Prince Harry revealed: “I learned French at school, but I’ve forgotten most of it.” He also noted how he wanted to learn Spanish, but his teacher discouraged it. “I wish I could speak German,” Prince Harry noted.

What foreign languages does Prince Harry know? The Duke of Sussex has delivered a speech in Arabic before. He also delivered a speech in six languages (with the help of some notes) while on a royal tour of New Zealand. In the speech, he spoke Samoan, Tongan, Fijian, Niuean, Cook Islands Maori, Maori, noting “this is definitely the first time I’ve spoken most of those languages, so I apologize if my accent wasn’t any good.”

Does Meghan Markle speak a foreign language?

Prince Harry might not remember the French he learned in school, but luckily he has a wife that does. According to her biography on the royal family’s website, the Duchess of Sussex studied French for six years in school. Prior to living in the United Kingdom, she lived in Canada where both English and French are spoken. However, the French spoken in Canadian is different than that of France.

Unlike her husband, Meghan Markle also knows Spanish. Her biography states that she learned the language while interning at the US Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina during her college years.

While visiting Edinburgh, Meghan Markle also spoke a little Tagalog, the language of the Philipines. The Duchess of Sussex was overheard saying “Salamat Po,” which means “thank you” in the foreign language.

Royal family foreign languages

Prince Harry might not be fluent in a foreign language, but many of his family members are. Across the board, the royal family is most fluent in French with members like the queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Prince William, and Kate Middleton understanding the language.

Additionally, some members of the royal family can speak German, Russian, Welsh, Gaelic, and Swahili.

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