Prince Harry has been accused of “copying his brother’s homework” after the speech he gave the United Nations on Monday was found to closely resemble an address Prince William made to the Church of Scotland last year.
The Duke of Sussex appeared the UN headquarters with his wife Meghan Markle at an event to mark International Nelson Mandela Day.
Speaking about the famous photo of his mother, Princess Diana, meeting the anti-apartheid campaigner in Cape Town in March 1997, just a few months before her death, the The Duke of Sussex, 37, said that the image is “in my heart every day.”
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After speaking about the inspirational South African leader Harry moved on to the subject of Africa in general.
He said the continent become “my lifeline, a place where I have found peace and healing time and time again.”
“It’s where I’ve felt closest to my mother and sought solace after she died,” he said, “and where I knew I had found my soul mate in my wife,”
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But royal fans felt like the Duke’s words rang a bell, and some singled out a speech that Harry’s older brother William had made to the Church of Scotland in May 2021.
“I was in Balmoral when I was told that my mother had died,” the Duke of Cambridge said on that occasion.
“Still in shock, I found sanctuary in the service at Crathie Kirk that very morning. And in the dark days of grief that followed, I found comfort and solace in the Scottish outdoors.
“As a result, the connection I feel to Scotland will forever run deep. And yet alongside this painful memory, is one of great joy. Because it was here in Scotland – twenty years ago this year – that I first met Catherine.
“Needless to say,” he added, “the town where you meet your future wife holds a very special place in your heart”.
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An account with the name Royal Imposters was first to seize on the similarity, posting a clip with the comment “ Prince Harry just copied and pasted Prince William’s 2021 Church of Scotland Speech”.
Others noted similarities to a speech William made in 2010, where he said: “He said: "The African continent holds a very special place in my heart. It is the place my father took my brother and me shortly after our mother died.
"And when deciding where best to propose to Catherine, I could think of no more fitting place than Kenya to get down on one knee."
Annie D responded: “I knew I'd heard that before. It isn't the first time that he has copied William. Years ago William said that he was angry by all these people wailing at his Mother's funeral, because she was his Mother and they didn't know her. Years later Harry used his words in an interview…”
Whether Harry was consciously inspired by his brother’s words, or if it was a simple coincidence, the similarity between the speeches is just more fuel for the ongoing social media war between Sussex fans and Cambridge devotees.
A spokesperson for Harry has been contacted for comment.
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