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Prince William, 38, is second in line to the throne and will take the crown after his father Prince Charles, 71. While William is still years off becoming king he has exhibited “confidence” in his future status in a powerful new message, a language analyst has claimed.
The Duke of Cambridge has written the forward for a new charity cookbook to raise money for homelessness charity The Passage.
William’s message sees him employ ‘very personal’ language that suggests he is ‘a man who knows he is set to inherit his high status’ an expert has claimed.
In the forward Prince William rubbishes his cooking skills and writes: “I am the first one to admit that I am not an excellent chef.
“The last time I was allowed into the kitchens at The Passage they very sensibly kept me in the role of sous-chef (aka carrot-chopper).”
He added: “On that occasion, I ‘made’ a spaghetti bolognaise (recipe on page 101).
“The dish smelt amazing – probably because I didn’t cook it.
“But what struck me most was how sharing a hot meal in the canteen at The Passage makes people who are experiencing homelessness feel right at home.”
According to language analyst and author Judi James, William’s informal tone is very revealing.
Judi told Express.co.uk: “His opening paragraph is chatty, personal and aimed at making people laugh at him.
“He uses the word ‘I’ five times and lowers his own status by confiding how rubbish his cookery skills are.
“Self-effacing humour like this tends to stem from inner confidence and is often a trait used by people with existing status or power to break down barriers between themselves and other people.”
The expert claimed William wanted to avoid ‘lecturing’ the reader but intended to show empathy.
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She said: “Rather than lecturing the reader he uses a sharing, story-telling technique to help us to visualize the things that struck him the most about his experiences.
“William shares experiences to create even stronger empathy in the second paragraph, using a personal disclosure that he must know could be used as a headline when he says that: ‘All of us will have felt the strain of staying in our homes during lockdown.’
“Again, this is a more emotional appeal as he then turns to how the lockdown might feel for the homeless.”
Judi claims William exhibits “humility” in the powerful message.
She said: “His admiration for the staff and volunteers of The Passage also suggests admiration and humility and then there is a direct, one-to-one conversation at the end as he tells us ‘I hope every time you use this special book…’”
According to Judi, William’s latest appeal makes a stark contrast to the article Prince Harry recently penned to mark Black History Month in the UK.
She said: “While Harry’s ‘addressing large groups’ style of writing appears to be growing his own scope of influence and status in the US and the UK, William’s more intimate and emotion-based writing seems to come from a man who knows he is set to inherit his high status without any need to promote or emphasise it.”
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