Prince Harry v Prince William: Expert exposes huge difference between brothers ‘approach’

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Prince William, 38, and Prince Harry, 36, were as thick as these growing up but the royal brothers ultimately went down separate paths due to their vastly different royal destinies. While William was raised to be king, Harry was acutely aware of his role as ‘spare’ and decided to ditch his royal role for good at the start of the year.

Despite Harry’s exit from the Royal Family both he and William continue to be involved in a plethora of causes and often give public speeches.

In recent weeks Harry, who is now based in the USA, has spoken out on issues including social media use, mental health and tackling racism.

Prince William’s latest project is focused on combating climate change and the Duke of Cambridge recently launched the £50 million Earthshot prize to come up with workable solutions to environmental issues.

William was a guest on environmental podcast Outrage + Optimism to plug the new prize last weekend.

A language expert analysed William’s words during the podcast and highlighted key differences between the future king and his younger brother Harry.

Language expert Judi James told “William has always come across as a very deliberate planner and a bit of a worrier.

“Unlike the more spontaneous, act first – think later Harry, William’s actions tend to reflect concern for the consequences and how he might be perceived.

“What he shows during the podcast interview is a strong and passionate desire to create change and even challenge in the way that Harry might, but for William, it is combined with anxiety about doing and saying things in the right way.”

Judi added: “This leads to a tendency to make strong statements before some verbal back-pedalling.

“He sounds like an over-thinker, policing his own words as he speaks and then qualifying anything that might sound too controversial or critical.

“Unlike Harry, who has recently taken more of a battering ram approach to creating urgent and even controversial change, making comments that have been criticised for being hypocritical or too lecturing in style, William is clearly aware of his future role as King and this seems to make him more empathetic and less judgmental in tone.”

Judi claims an example of when “over-thinker” William seems to “back-pedal” during the Outrage + Optimism podcast is his response to the question of what makes him outraged about climate change.”


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The future king says: “So firstly, I definitely believe in optimism.

“I have to say when I was growing up I did feel that tackling things negatively was the way to go forward and trying to sort of push people into doing stuff.

“And saying ‘listen, these are really bad things you need to change this.’

“But actually it doesn’t really work and there’s always a space for that.

“You know, I don’t propose that nobody should be calling out things that are wrong, and saying people should change that for the better.’

According to Judi, this inverted answer which sees William speak about positivity first is a prime example of his diplomacy and may also be interpreted as a veiled dig at his younger brother Harry.

The expert explained: “William begins with this strong statement that he pins up as a headline to the rest of his ideas.

“It’s pretty lacking in anything bordering on controversy which is why he confidently adds the word‘definitely’ for emphasis.”

Judi added: “There is a hint here that William is keen to show he used to be more like his brother in his approach, but before he ‘grew up’ and discovered it didn’t work.

“Is he putting some of Harry’s ‘changing the world’ techniques down as being a sign of immaturity?

“Even with his innocuous first statement, William appears to have worried himself here in terms of sounding critical of people who ‘push’ others and alarm bells might have rung about how he might have sounded critical of active campaigners like Harry and Meghan.”

According to Judi, William appears to apologise in case of coming off as ‘preachy.’

The expert said: “He almost apologises here, back-pedalling by saying he doesn’t propose that ‘nobody should be calling out things that are wrong’ and narrows his scope modestly by saying he’s referring to his own personal experience.”

Judi claims that later on in the podcast William exhibits his rhetorical skill when dealing with royal leaders.

The language expert claims William favours a “nudge” approach as opposed to Harry’s “power-driven” approach.

Touching on his work with the Chinese Government to tackle the illegal wildlife trade William says: “…personally in my work, and to give you one example, some of the work I did around the illegal wildlife trade, and very much the thinking and the advice at the time, and we spoke to people in China and in the Far East about how to raise this issue sensitively with them.

“To talk about cultural issues that are deeply rooted and very historical to a population.

“And they were all about the positivity and they were totally right.

“And the message when I went to China and talked to the Chinese government about trying to tackle the illegal wildlife trade was very much a case of ‘how about you guys being the global leaders in conservation?’

William added: “‘You can take on that mantel and you can really drive it forwards’, and it’s a much easier conversation to have with someone.’”

Analysing William’s rhetoric here, Judi said: “This is a very smart way to persuade and show that his methods are ‘right’, with William giving an example as proof of how a more positive approach can be effective, even in issues that are culturally sensitive.

“Like Harry, he places himself on a global stage talking to global leaders but acting in what is more of a psychologically-smart ‘nudge’ style rather than telling them off or lecturing.

She added: “It makes him sound results-orientated rather than ego or power-driven.”

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