Prince Harry, 36, served in the armed forces for 10 years and earned several military ranks during his career. However, the Duke also heald several ceremonial military titles in his role as a senior royal which he has had to relinquish since stepping back. Harry drew on his military past in a new statement endorsing Australian mental health initiative Peak Fortem.
Peak Fortem is a mental fitness toolkit for Australia’s first responder families to help equip them with practical tools to promote mental fitness and improve wellbeing.
In his statement plugging the toolkit, Prince Harry said: “Our mental fitness is one and the same as our physical fitness.
“Serving in the military, I saw firsthand how critical it is to train your mind as a muscle – not only to endure challenges and stresses but to excel, grow and build resilience in all aspects of life.
“Peak Fortem is the product of teamwork, dedication and a commitment to supporting and strengthening communities of all kind – values upheld by Australia’s first responders.”
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The statement added: “With Peak Fortem, we are witnessing the next step in a global movement towards mental fitness.”
Language expert and author Judi James analysed the new statement with Express.co.uk and shared her findings.
According to the expert, Harry seems to be positioning himself as a “military champion” and hints at the heartbreak he still feels over the loss of his ceremonial military titles.
Judi said: “Anyone assuming that a reportedly heartbroken Harry would go quietly into the night after being stripped of his military titles in the UK might need to take a look at this latest posting from the US.”
“There is no teaming with Meghan here, just Harry standing alone to evoke and draw on his military experience and royal rank to support and speak to first responders.”
According to Judi, Harry’s acts as a “timely reminder” of his royal and military roots.
The analyst said: “The structure of this quote is a return to Harry’s more decisive and confident military tone too, starting with a firm, short sentence that is a statement of fact rather than an opinion: ‘Our mental fitness is one and the same as our physical fitness.’
“He then adds the proof of personal experience to endorse this statement of fact by adding a perhaps timely reminder of his own history.”
Referring to Harry’s use of words, Judi said: “‘Serving in the military I saw first-hand…’ places a sense of personal ownership over this cause and when he speaks of ‘teamwork, dedication and commitment’ he also appears to share and experience those values personally.”
Judi concluded: “Harry’s signature US-style returns during the last paragraph though when he scopes out the initiative to the kind of global scale he loves to refer to in terms of the ambitions of his recent projects and causes, referring to the ‘next steps in a global movement towards mental fitness.’”
Harry and Meghan are expected back in the UK for a series of royal events this spring.
Harry’s grandfather Prince Philip is due to celebrate his 100th birthday on June 10th and the Queen’s official birthday parade Trooping the Colour is expected to take place on June 12.