Prince William is ‘national figurehead’ in video as he thanks NHS ‘on behalf of Britain’

Prince William thanks NHS staff for 'hard work'

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Prince William, 38, has personally thanked more than 300 NHS workers and volunteers since the start of the pandemic by making private phone calls. One of these calls has been captured in a new video shared by Kensington Palace. On Tuesday Kensington Palace shared a new video on Twitter with the message: “To everyone working across the NHS — thank you for all that you do.”

The tweet added: “Since January, Prince William has spoken to more than 300 NHS staff, volunteers and leaders throughout the UK, to check in on their welfare and thank them for their exceptional work.”

A video montage of William’s conversations with NHS staff was also shared on the royal’s Instagram page with the message: “To the medical staff, porters, cleaners, volunteers, pharmacists, administrators and all those working across the NHS — thank you for everything that you do.

“Since the start of this year, The Duke has spoken to more than 300 staff and volunteers spanning the breadth of the NHS’s workforce, from all corners of the UK via a series of one-to-one phone calls and participation in regional meetings via video calls.

“The Duke was keen to hear about the impact the pandemic has had on the wellbeing of staff and volunteers across all parts of the NHS and to pay tribute to the NHS’s incredible efforts over the past year.”

The message continued: “Through these conversations, The Duke has also heard from staff about how funding from @nhscharitiestogether has allowed hospitals across the nation to meet the immediate needs of staff, supported community partnerships, and bolstered the nation’s long-term recovery from the pandemic.”

Language expert and author Judi James analysed William’s latest video for Express.co.uk.

The expert claimed the future king seemed to be acting “on behalf of Britain’ with this latest move.

Judi said: “William has composed a big thank-you note to the NHS here, not just on behalf of himself but the country as a whole as he seems to speak as a national figurehead when her uses the plural in his ‘We’re all very proud of you’ and his ‘..to say on behalf of everyone…’

Judi added: “This is important wording from a man who has kept his appearance and overall tone very humble but well-informed in this clip as it again reminds us of his position as heir-in-waiting to the throne.”

While William’s use of language reminds Britons of his position as heir to the throne, he employs a more casual tone than more senior royals.

Judi said: “The rest of his words though show him as accessible and very human and in touch with the people he is talking to.

“He speaks as a man who has been in constant contact to support the NHS workers he is addressing and this tone is set by his very friendly ‘Good morning Thelma’ at the start, which creates a personal style of messaging.”

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William comes across as modest, through his use of “self-diminishing” language, Judi claimed.

She said: “His modest tone comes with the use of the self-diminishing ‘just’ word in ‘I just wanted to say…’.

“His choice and style of words after this is natural rather than regal. He uses terms like ‘a fantastic job’ and ‘You’ve all held it together’ and ‘been absolutely wonderful people’ in a colloquial style.

“William’s most impactful phrase comes when he tells them that ‘The NHS has gone from being much loved to probably the most admired organisation around’ before he returns to more everyday wording, closing with a ‘Thank you so much for all your hard work.”

According to Judi, William successfully ditches the traditional modus operandi of Royal Family members and gives the virtual engagements his own personal twist.

She said: “Overall this, importantly, sounds like a man making one of many ongoing ‘visits’ rather than a royal working through a rota.

“William speaks using words that define an ongoing, close relationship and support rather than popping in for a more formal ‘Thank you’ at the end of the pandemic.”

Prince William and his wife Kate will mark their 10th wedding anniversary later this month and the Queen is expected to honour the Duchess with a special gift.

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