Kate Middleton: Duchess’ voice shows ‘weariness’ in ‘rehearsed’ Burns Night speech

Kate Middleton and William thank NHS staff on Burns Night

Kate Middleton, 39, has been in the Royal Family since 2011 when she married Prince William. In her years as a working royal, she has made many appearances, including virtual ones over the past year. The couple shared their latest video on their social media last night.

In the Burns Night message, Kate and William addressed the frontline workers and thanked them for their hard work.

The Duchess said: “Sadly this year it’s a little different and for many of you working on the frontline, tonight will be a very different occasion as you work tirelessly through this pandemic to protect the most vulnerable in our society.”

The Cambridges explained how they had teamed up with NHS charities to provide staff in Scotland with a Burns celebration lunch.

Kate added: “We hope you enjoy it and look forward to better times soon.”

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Anna Fiorentini from Anna Fiorentini Performing Arts School for adults and kids shared with Express.co.uk that the Duchess is aware she needs to be “pointed” in her speech.

The expert said: “Your voice is the gate to your personality. We choose through tone, intonation, pitch, volume, and more how we want to come across to the outside world. 

“Oftentimes, however, we slip into subconscious talking – this is our most natural voice and it contains tells to our innermost thoughts and personality. 

“As Kate is talking to the camera here she’s obviously aware she needs to be pointed with her speech. This is not to say there are no tells.”

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In her speech, the royal appeared very professional and took her time to express her words.

The Duchess attended one of the best private boarding schools in the country which could mean that her posh accent was shaped through her education.

However the expert added that her speech is evident that she has had a dialect coach.

Anna added: “Kate’s accent is Heightened RP – Received Pronunciation, which is the Queen’s English. 

“She hit’s the t’s and d’s – all as it should be for a member of the Royal Family. 

“But the first tell comes midway through her speech where she loses energy at the end of her sentence, drifting to a stop rather than carrying a forward motion through delivery.

“This could indicate a weariness, either to her situation or, most likely due to the nature of the crisis she is speaking about.”

The expert added that it is likely that Kate “rehearsed” this piece to camera several times.

Anna said: She flows through the words in her usual clipped accent but arguably missing the usual ‘sunny’ tone she usually has. 

“Kate was rumoured to have had a dialect and elocution coach when she first became a member of the Royal Family and this is reflected in her perfectly placed vowels and consonants. 

“When we work with students we veer away from neutralising accents – we like to embrace all natural accents but rather, teach our acting students about placement and diaphragmatic breathing. 

“Speaking with direction and decision is the best way to sound confident in what you are saying.”

Voice artist Nicola Redman also explained to Express.co.uk that Kate puts emphasis on specific words to get her point across.

The expert explained: “I think they’re both very well versed in addressing the public now and that certainly comes across here. They portray that very classic ‘keep calm and carry on’ royal vibe here with a little nod to the empathy they have for the people they’re addressing, which feels appropriate for their positions. 

“The younger royals are known for coming across as a little more accessibly vocally than the generations above them. 

“William certainly, is a very practised speaker and manages to sound conversational whilst he delivers his lines in this video. 

“Kate has a few moments where she put a definite stress on specific words like ‘front line’ and ‘very different’ and ’work tirelessly’. 

“It helps to shape her specific message and guide us as the listener to hear what she feels is important for us to hear.”

The expert shared that it is hard to say whether the couple may have had voice training but says that many people in public positions tend to receive help.

She added: “There is definitely a feeling from this that they have been taken through how to pace their delivery for the medium as they speak with a really consistent rhythm, making it nice and easy for us to follow them.”

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