A lot has changed in Meghan Markle’s life since meeting Prince Harry. She’s had to adhere to a whole new dress code, delete her social media accounts, and quit her job as an actress. Some extremely observant fans have noticed another change too, claiming she’s adopted a English accent from Harry and all the other posh English people who surround her. In a video filmed by Twitter user @elzeiny99 during Meghan’s visit to Runcorn with the queen, the duchess seemed to have a more transatlantic twang — especially when she says, “What’s that?”
Meghan said my name, that’s me done😭 pic.twitter.com/167F2ubjUh— Aya🧚🏽♀️💫 (@Ayaaly99) June 14, 2018
Is she using some of the skills she picked up in her acting career to adapt to life as the Duchess of Sussex? Or is she just subconsciously mirroring those around her? If Meghan is changing her accent she isn’t the only woman to do so.
A study by Cecilia Pemberton at the University of South Australia found that women’s voices changed significantly between 1945 and the ’90s. By comparing recordings, she found that the frequency had dropped by 23 Hz, which, in layman’s terms, is a very big noticeable difference.
So what could possibly be the reason for this? The study suggested that as women took on more dominant roles both in the workplace and in wider society, they adapted to the male tones around them over time. That’s something former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher did, too — she dropped down a whole 60Hz, according to the BBC.
Earlier this year, actress Gabrielle Union admitted that she used a fake voice to appear less intimidating in business, describing it as, “Where you speak with the inflection of a question and raise your eyebrows so you look less threatening.”
Meghan Markle’s accent change could be happening without her noticing, or it might be the result of her princess lessons. Or she’s getting into character for her new role, the Duchess of Sussex.
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