'Harry & Meghan' edited out 'serving the nation' from Queen's 21st b'day speech to twist its meaning
MONTECITO, CALIFORNIA: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle caused a serious stir after their Netflix docuseries 'Harry & Meghan' allegedly edited the Queen's most famous speech. The latest episode of the Sussexes documentary appears to show edited late Queen Elizabeth's 21st birthday speech to twist its meaning, according to a communications expert. Susie Ashfield, a voice expert, recently claimed on TikTok that Netflix edited Elizabeth's 21st birthday speech on Tuesday, December 13, removing some words "to change the meaning of the statement entirely."
The TikTok video, which garnered 760,000 views, claimed that a line from the speech in which Queen Elizabeth implies that her “whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and to the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong” is altered. The first three episodes of the documentary, which were released publicly last week, gave viewers a close-up look at how the Sussexes got along with one another and the royal family. However, voice coach Susie came across something peculiar about a clip on the late Queen.
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According to Susie, the third episode of 'Harry & Meghan' included a edit, that altered the speech as “I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”
The speech was shown during the event as guests addressed the Queen and the Commonwealth. In the third episode of the series, author and broadcaster Afua Hirsh, who wrote the 2018 biography Brit(ish), referred to the Commonwealth as "Empire 2.0" before calling Prince Harry "anti-racist."
Communications coach Susie took to her TikTok titling the video, "The Queen Vs Netflix. Spot the difference..." "I wasn't going to say anything about the Harry and Meghan Netflix documentary because it's nothing to do with me," she explained. "I'm a communications coach. I help people make speeches." However, she continued, "But I really like speeches, which is why when somebody told me about some potential editing that might have happened on the Queen's 21st birthday speech. I had to check it out. So let's play a game together. Spot the difference," she said, before showing part of the Queen's unedited speech. "I should like to make that dedication now, it is very simple," Queen Elizabeth II is heard saying. "I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service, and to the service of our great Imperial family to which we all belong." "That was the original, unedited copy and the transcript reads the same. Now let's look at Harry and Meghan's version," said Susie, before viewers watched Netflix's version of the speech.
They heard the Queen's voice saying, "I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to the service of our great Imperial family to which we all belong." "Did you hear the difference? And did you notice how just removing a few words changes the meaning of the statement entirely," insisted Susie. The words 'to your service' were edited out of the Queen's speech.
She further added, "I don't know what the lesson to learn is here, but I suppose if you are going to be speaking and it will be recorded there is a chance you will get misquoted, your words might get taken out of context or in this case some part might be removed to change the meaning of the statement itself. "So try not to let that happen to you. And if it does happen to you, remember there will be some people out there who might notice."
Shocked TikTok users instantly took to the comment sections to express their thoughts, "Christ, it feels like the whole Netflix series is going to be dishonest. Another wrote, "In both statements, she’s dedicated to imperialism. The meaning of that is the same whether she’s also “in your service” or not."
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