The topic of his speech was linked to the recipients of the Heroes of the Year Award he presented – Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, Professor Catherine Green and the team behind the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
The speech highlighted Prince Harry’s strong beliefs over the importance of a worldwide vaccination campaign to eradicate COVID-19.
And, according to language expert Judi James, it also suggested Prince Harry sees himself as a player in the community of global leaders.
Prince Harry made a surprise appearance during yesterday GQ Men of the Year awards
Prince Harry presented the Heroes of the Year Award
Analysing the Duke’s speech, Ms James told Express.co.uk: “This appearance from Harry at the GQ Awards appears to evolve from a humble and generous introduction of the award-winners into a profile-puff for Harry and ‘my wife’ before ending up as a lecture delivered in the tone of an expert.
“‘I’m deeply honoured… Our heroes of this evening…’ in the intro paragraph suggests Harry is suitably awed and humbled to be presenting the prize, albeit virtually.
“By the second paragraph the use of emphatic opinion worded as a statement ‘an early example of the biotech collaboration we need to bring this global crisis to an end’ raises Harry’s verbal status to that of expert and leader.
“By the third paragraph, Harry’s use of words turns the thoughts in his intro into a lecture from someone who clearly pitches themselves as either a global leader and expert or at the very least as someone who ‘convenes’ with them.
During Vax Live, Prince Harry thanked healthcare workers
“The image created is of ‘my wife and I’ taking part in global discussions on a regular basis at the highest level: ‘vaccine experts, heads of industry, community advocates and global leaders’ is his role-call and he is careful to call these ‘convenings’ rather than just chats or conversations.”
Ms James delved into an analysis of the word “convene”, saying: “The choice of the word ‘convenings’ sounds important.
“The dictionary definition is to ‘come together for an official or public purpose, to assemble formally’ suggesting a rather royal or high-status profile and role for Harry here.
Prince Harry during Vax Live in May
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have campaigned for vaccine equity
“The lecturing as an expert tone continues with phrases like ‘we cannot move forward together unless we address this imbalance as one’.
Ms James referred to a sentence in Prince Harry’s speech where he mentioned attending meetings and gatherings alongside Meghan with experts in the vaccine sector.
He said: “Until every community can access the vaccine, and until every community is connected to trustworthy information about the vaccine, then we are all at risk.
“That’s a common refrain my wife and I have heard in convenings with vaccine experts, heads of industry, community advocates, and global leaders.”
During the event, attended in person by Harry and via video link by the then-pregnant Duchess, the Sussexes praised the healthcare workers who continue to battle through the pandemic.
They then highlighted how no one in the world is safe from coronavirus if elsewhere people are still being hugely affected by it.
They said a worldwide distribution of the vaccines will not just bring back normality into everyday society but also help rapidly advance the segments of the population, in particular women of colour, who have been the most affected by the crisis.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle launched a fund-raising appeal on Archie’s second birthday
In this role, they led a coordinated drive across the private sector to raise critical funds for COVAX — a vaccine-sharing program co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Committed to the cause of vaccine equity, they also launched a raise-funding appeal on their son’s Archie’s second birthday on May 6.
This successful call to action brought to the donation of more than $3million to the cause of vaccine equity and the fight against COVID-19.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK