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05-09-2019 05:40 PM - edited 05-09-2019 06:20 PM
They Princes talk through their nose and teeth, exactly like their dad Prince Charles. I think it is called upper class Posh. Lol. No kidding. So does Prince Phillip. I don't think Harry does as much as his dad though I think it is an upper class male thing in some stations in England. I watch British Tv more than american tv. I usually have no problem, unless they are East Enders or from Liverpool. But the series I watch have actors who are taught to speak plainly and articulate. They will have guest actors on in roles of elite, they talk through their nose and teeth, sometimes barely moving their mouth when speaking. I can never understand Prince Charles. Someone told me it was a Cambridge/ Eaton thing....but I don't think so. Harry and William were raised quite a bit by Charles. Maybe it is a familial thing. in speaking it is said Kate is more traditional speak than William. in England accent is everything. They can pin point where you were born within a block by your accent.
Also, the Queen has changed her accent and diction quite a bit over the years. Maybe lessons and training.? She had the highly posh accent, and was also quite shrill in speaking. In the old boarding schools diction, elocution was a huge thing. They had classes in it, and were grilled and grilled.
05-09-2019 05:40 PM
No issue with accents.
Harry mumbles a bit, and often forgets to speak into the hand mike.
05-09-2019 05:45 PM
There are many types of British accents. Some are more difficult to understand than others. I think Harry speaks very softly and that's why we may not always understand him. I used to work with a British woman and I couldn't understand many things she said.
05-09-2019 08:38 PM
I agree that the "Posh" accent can be difficult to comprehend but some regional or American Posh is difficult as well (listen to old recordings of Jack, Jackie, Robert or Ted Kennedy).
05-10-2019 09:26 PM
05-10-2019 10:35 PM
Many years ago while still living in New York I worked for a company run and owned by the British. It was in Farmingdale, Nassau County, in case any of you are familiar with the territory. All of the engineers were from England and I loved listening to them talk and had no trouble understanding them. I believe the reason being is that they were from a part of England that spoke differently just as we do here in America. They were the nicest, fun loving people one could ever hope to be associated with.
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