Prince Harry Has Ditched His ‘Royal Accent,’ According to Voice Expert

There have been plenty of changes in Prince Harry‘s life over the past year. He and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex announced their bombshell decision to step down as senior royals in January 2020. Their duties officially ended on March 31, 2020, and they moved across the pond settling in California.

When Harry said he was leaving The Firm no one expected him to leave his royal accent behind but according to a voice expert, that’s exactly what the Duke of Sussex did.

Prince Harry smiles slightly walking into building
Prince Harry smiles slightly walking while into building | Toby Melville – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan purchased a home in California

When Harry and Meghan first left the U.K., they were staying at a property on Vancouver Island in Canada. They later rented Tyler Perry’s estate in Beverly Hills before purchasing their own property in Montecito, California.

They paid $14 million for their Santa Barbara mansion, which is nicknamed “The Chateau.” It’s 18,000 square feet and sits on five acres of land. The property has 16 bathrooms and nine bedrooms. The separate guest house has two bedrooms and two bathrooms as well. The main house boasts a library, a wine cellar, a game room, a gym, and an arcade.

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Harry gave an announcement regarding the Invictus Games

Prince Harry makes a speech at Sentebale event
Prince Harry makes a speech at Sentebale event | Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Sentebale

Fans have gotten glimpses inside the duke and duchess new home via video calls they have done over the last few months. But the background decor isn’t the only thing people are noticing. During a recent announcement Harry gave about the Invictus Games being postponed again due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a voice expert noticed a few things.

“This is a cause Harry is incredibly passionate about,” Nic Redman from The Voice Coach Podcast told The Express. “I think the tone of his voice and the pace of his speech, along with his general demeanor and energy show that he wants to offer his support but not stand out over the other participants in the video.”

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Voice expert also says the prince’s accent is different now

Prince Harry attends the Adam Tower project introduction
Prince Harry attends the Adam Tower project introduction | KOEN VAN WEEL/AFP via Getty Images

Redman then claimed that the duke didn’t speak with his traditional royal accent.

“He certainly comes over as warm and genuine vocally,” she said. “He uses his more Estuary style, less traditionally ‘royal’ accent too, heard in the slight ‘w’ substitute for the ‘l’ sound in the word ‘world.'”

Redman suggested that “Prince Harry could be trying to appear more relatable to those outside the royal social sphere.

“This places him more amongst the people and less as someone who exists in a different social sphere. [By doing this] he shows respect for the event and its participants.”

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