Prince Edward: His Tokyo Paralympics speech – a ‘rousing delivery’


The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games begin on August 24, and Prince Edward as the patron of the official Paralympics GB team wished a message of good luck on social media. The Royal Family wrote on Instagram: “Wishing all Paralympians everywhere every success at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games!”

Prince Edward said in the video of support: “As the moment this year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo gets ever closer to actually getting underway, I want to wish you the very best of luck.

“The experience will be slightly surreal, in particular, the lack of any spectators – I hope these won’t detract from the main purpose which is, of course, the competition.

“You can be sure that your family, friends, and supporters will be there in spirit following it all on the screen and expending plenty of energy and frustration by shouting at it, fruitlessly!

“We all send you massive congratulations on being selected. You now have the chance to compete against the very best in the world and indeed, to win.

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“More importantly, we want you to go out there and to achieve your best, make us proud, and inspire the next generation of athletes with a disability.

“Whatever happens, I hope you have a brilliant experience in Japan. The Paralympic Games is a unique event, and the Japanese will undoubtedly try to make it a memorable one for you and your fellow competitors.

“So, enjoy the moment and once again, good luck.”

Judi James, a body language specialist, spoke to Express.co.uk offering analysis on the Prince’s body language from his video of support.

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Judi said: “Full marks to Edward for this very rousing delivery that creates exactly the right kind of connection with his audience as he motivates contestants in the Paralympic games.

“He is reading from a script but, unlike world leaders like Biden, he clearly understands the importance of speaking in a way that sounds authentic.

“Meaning, he subtly checks the script with his eyes before delivering the lines before looking back into the camera with a very personal style of charisma.

“Edward uses a form of shared humour with his audience to ensure his sentiments sound genuine.

“His use of both energy and humour make it very personal as well.

“He almost could have added a knowing wink at the end to signal empathy because his closing lines, with the body bounce and vocal revving-up, sounds like a moment of shared fun.

“Edward might be in line to take over some of his father’s roles, but he is clearly doing it in his own style, which is low-status, accessible and empathetic.”

The Earl of Wessex has taken a more high-profile role since the passing of his father, the Duke of Edinburgh in April.

Also since Megxit, both Prince Edward and his wife Sophie have done a number of interviews to help rescue the monarchy’s reputation.

This higher profile has been received very well by the public, especially as their eldest daughter Lady Louise Windsor turns 18 this November.

Many royal watchers have speculated whether Louise will inherit her Princess title, which she is entitled as the daughter of a Prince when she turns 18.

If so, Lady Louise will most likely become a much more high profile royal, like her parents.

The Wessexes’ will most likely be spending their summer visiting Balmoral Castle to stay with the Queen, as she does every summer.

The family normally resides in Bagshot Park, which is very close to Windsor Castle, so both Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn grew up very close to the Queen and Prince Philip.



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