MEGHAN MARKLE, 38, joined the Royal Family in May 2018. She is no stranger to making speeches and made these in her role as an actress and as the Duchess of Sussex. How has her speaking style changed?
Shortly after joining the Royal Family, Meghan Markle started representing them at official events with Prince Harry. The Duchess of Sussex appeared comfortable making speeches before she took on the role as she had already worked as an actress and charity ambassador. However, an expert revealed how her speaking style change while in the family.
Before becoming the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan was already known by many for her work as an actress.
As well as starring in the legal drama, Suits, Meghan worked with the United Nations and the charity One Young World.
In these positions, she would sometimes make speeches and an expert explained she appeared confident doing this.
James Bryce, CEO and founder of communications analytics firm gweek, analysed a clip of Meghan as she spoke on gender equality in 2014.
He told Express.co.uk: “Meghan’s speech comes across despite the fact that she is using a script.
Meghan Markle: She is confident making speeches (Image: GETTY)
Meghan Markle: The Duchess of Sussex made speeches as an actress and charity ambassador (Image: GETTY)
“Here, she is commanding the script. Meghan, and not the script, is leading the event.
“We can see this from how she speaks firmly but naturally, managing her speech rate well.”
At the speech made before Meghan met Prince Harry, the royal sounded confident and seemed to communicate well with her audience.
“She maintains more of her natural speaking style and true accent as a result,” James continued.
“She communicates in small, natural-sounding chunks of speech, allowing emotions to shine through her pitch.
“It presents us with an authentic version of Meghan.”
Meghan has continued to make public appearances and regular speeches at events as the Duchess of Sussex.
However, analysing one speech during a recent trip to South Africa, James said her voice seemed more scripted and she lacked “connection” with her audience.
He explained: “Here, we see a different Meghan Markle. Again, it is scripted speech and which she is likely to have practised in advance.
“In this instance, however, the script is leading her speaking style. She’s reading fluently but in long sentences.
“Her voice is a ‘reading sentences voice’, as opposed to a ‘speaking, spontaneous voice.’
Meghan Markle: She has made speeches as the Duchess of Sussex (Image: GETTY)
“Her true feelings-imbued accent is held back. She makes eye contact in unnatural places; her eyes look immediately down to the script at the end of each sentence to see what is coming next, denying her listeners any personal connection.
“In conversation, we usually stay looking at our listeners at the equivalent point, to make connection and gauge reactions.”
Meghan and Prince Harry have now announced they will “step back” as working royals from March 31.
It is thought the Duke and Duchess could move into a career as public speakers going forward.
Meghan Markle: She is the wife of Prince Harry (Image: EXPRESS)
If this were the case, Meghan could start to show the same kind of “confidence” she did before joining the family.
Members of the Royal Family are often very careful with what they say and there is only so much they will share with an audience.
When she is no longer a working royal, Meghan could have more freedom with what she talks about and could return to giving the types of speeches she did before joining the Royal Family.
Who is Meghan Markle? Quick profile
Meghan Markle was born Rachel Meghan Markle, on August 4, 1981 to parents Doria Ragland and father Thomas Markle.
Her father was previously married to Roslyn Loveless and Meghan has two elder half sibling – sister Samantha Markle and brother Thomas Markle Junior.
Meghan’s first television appearance in the USA was in an episode of the medical drama General Hospital in 2002.
She later moved on to roles in CSI, Without a Trace and Castle along with bit parts in Hollywood films including Get Him to the Greek, Remember Me and Horrible Bosses.
Meghan was also a “briefcase girl” on Deal or No Deal – but her most famous role was as Rachel Zane in legal drama Suits, which launched in 2011.
She was written out in the finale of the seventh series when her character got married, which aired in April 2018 – just before she got married herself.
Charity and humanitarian work
Meghan Markle’s career in television has gone hand-in-hand with her support for causes close to her heart.
She wrote about the stigma around menstrual health in an article for Time magazine and was a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada – with whom she travelled to Rwanda for the charity’s Clean Water Campaign.
And her commitment to gender equality has seen her work with the United Nations – receiving a standing ovation in 2015 for her speech to mark International Women’s Day.
In September 2011, she wed film producer Trevor Engelson, who she began dating in 2004.
But the pair divorced two years later in August 2013, citing irreconcilable difference.
She was in a relationship with celebrity chef Cory Vitiello for almost two years, before they broke it off in 2016 but the two remain good friends.
And in June 2016, she met Prince Harry on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.
Their relationship began in October that year and just over one year later, on November 27, 2017, the pair announced their engagement.
They married on May 19, 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Some have claimed Meghan Markle is the first mixed-race member of the Royal Family.
Historians are still arguing about Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.
But Meghan will be the first royal to openly embrace a mixed-race heritage.
She has written about the difficulties of being a biracial actress in Hollywood as she claims she is not black enough for some roles and not white enough for others.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK