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Prince Harry ‘will be increasingly missed in the UK’, says expert

The Duke of Sussex took center stage at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in July during a plenary session of the General Assembly marking Nelson Mandela International Day. Prince Harry has been invited by the Mandela Foundation to deliver the keynote address at the event in New York.

In his speech, the royal spoke of a ‘global assault on democracy and freedom’ and appeared to criticize the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Roe v Wade ruling which since 1973 had granted people the right to have an abortion through 50 years. States.

Reviewing the Duke’s speech, brand and reputation management expert Eric Schiffer said the address seemed “almost a desperate attempt to stay in the spotlight”.

The California-based expert told Express.co.uk: “He’s entering a political zone that is frankly deep water and a somewhat odd choice, almost a reach.”

The expert said the Duke had no “direct connection” to the late South African leader, but had a strong love for Africa and his mother’s connection to Mr Mandela.

Prince Harry gave a speech on Nelson Mandela International Day (Image: GETTY)

Prince Harry at UN Headquarters

Prince Harry visited the United Nations headquarters in July (Image: GETTY)

He continued, “It comes across as an almost serious reach and almost a desperate attempt to stay in the spotlight and position yourself as a leader.”

Mr Schiffer claimed Harry seemed “in some ways uncomfortable” during his speech.

The expert went on to say that he thinks this perceived unease may have stemmed from the fact that “I think he even knows he’s going to get beat up” for bringing up topics he doesn’t have solids for. references.

On the other hand, when it comes to championing issues he has focused his attention on for years, such as mental health, the Duke is “in the best position”, Mr Schiffer said.

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Prince Harry addressing the UN General Assembly

Prince Harry talked about Nelson Mandela’s resilience in his speech (Image: GETTY)

He explained: “He is best placed in areas where I think he has authority, and that is speaking on behalf of young people on issues involving mental health where he has his own empathetic perspective based about his life and walking away from the issues are, I think, areas where he’s not an expert or doesn’t seem to have a reach.”

In his address to the UN, the Duke recalled Princess Diana’s 1997 meeting with Mr Mandela, immortalized in a famous photo showing aid workers shaking hands with big smiles on their faces.

After saying that people like him who have not had the chance to meet Mr Mandela in person have been able to understand him through photographs, his speeches and his writings, Harry said: “For me there is a particular photo that stands out.

“On my wall and in my heart every day is an image of my mother and Mandela meeting in Cape Town in 1997.”

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Prince Harry holding hands with Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at UN headquarters (Image: GETTY)

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married in 2018 (Image: GETTY)

After saying the picture was presented to him by another anti-apartheid leader, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, during the Sussexes’ tour of South Africa in September 2019, the royal continued: “When I looked at the photo for the first time, what immediately jumped out at me was the joy on my mother’s face.

“Playfulness, impertinence, even. A pure delight to be in communion with another soul so committed to the service of humanity.

“Then I looked at Mandela. Here is a man with the weight of the world on his shoulders, who has been asked to heal his country from the rubble of its past and transform it for the future.”

After speaking of Mr Mandela’s indomitable spirit even during his 27 years in prison and in the face of the worst adversity, the Duke added: “It has been a painful year in a painful decade.

A selection of photos of Prince Harry

Prince Harry’s life in pictures (Picture: EXPRESS)

“We are living through a pandemic that continues to ravage communities around the world.

“Climate change is wreaking havoc on our planet, with the most vulnerable suffering first and foremost.

“The few, weaponizing lies and misinformation at the expense of the many.

“And from the horrific war in Ukraine to the rollback of constitutional rights here in the United States, we are witnessing a global attack on democracy and freedom – the cause of Mandela’s life.”

Prince Harry giving his speech

Prince Harry was invited by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to deliver his key speech at the UN (Image: GETTY)

Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle, who accompanied the Duke to the UN headquarters, previously spoke about the Duke’s reaction to the Supreme Court ruling on abortion rights.

In an interview with Vogue, the Duchess of Sussex, while saying men should also support reproductive rights, revealed, “My husband and I have been talking about it a lot over the past few days. He’s a feminist too.”

She added: “And his reaction last week was guttural, like mine.

“I know for so many women right now there’s a sense of hopelessness. But again, we have to come together and not wallow. We have to get the job done.”

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