Always very benevolent with the royal family, English internet users have for once decided to give a rather mocking opinion on one of the members. Against all expectations, they did not hesitate to judge the accent of little Prince George, the day after the broadcast of an adorable video on Instagram …
In England, the smallest detail matters. So even the accent of members of the royal family plays an important role in the image conveyed internationally. And we just realized how picky some British citizens are, by discovering the mocking messages posted on Instagram with regard to little Prince George.
A few days ago, the Kensington Palace Instagram account posted an adorable video in which Prince William and Kate Middleton’s eldest son asks naturalist David Attenborough a question. A sequence that caused a small shock wave throughout the country … especially because some Internet users have noted the fact that the little boy of 7 has an accent from Essex, an accent directly associated with the “small middle class”. A way of speaking far removed according to them, from the codes of the bourgeoisie or the British aristocracy. As reported by our colleagues at Le Point, this very conservative English suburb is perceived by the upper classes of the capital as the kingdom of ‘rednecks’.
If we only see a brilliant little boy trying to learn about nature, some stupid internet users have expressed their shock at the fact that the little prince has adopted an accent of “urban southern England, and not from the countryside where the “gentry” lives (the untitled nobility, editor’s note). If in England, a simple accent can be a brake on success and a real social marker, Jane Setter, professor of phonetics at the The University of Reading has nevertheless assured that Prince George should naturally lose this accent with regard to the renowned private school he will attend and his future circle of friends …
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