Prince Harry is definitely learning to familiarize himself with the American language and he sampled a famous American expression during his visit to the Commonwealth Youth Forum with fiancée, Meghan Markle, on Wednesday.
Band-Aids vs Plasters
Prince Harry used a term distinct to the American people while in a conversation with the youth leaders at the Commonwealth Youth Forum reception. Harry used the word "Band-Aid" as an expression during a discussion about finding long-term solutions to issues such as climate change and women's rights.
"Don't get sucked into the system of putting on a Band-Aid," he said then explained, "American-style."
There was laughter when Harry turned to Markle, who is from Los Angeles, to explain the cultural difference. The prince said that British people do not call small bandages as Band-Aids. Instead, they call them plasters. The Suits star just laughed off the situation, as seen in the video shared by The Evening Standard.
Delegates tell Prince Harry, who opened the forum earlier this week, and Ms. Markle what they have learnt from each other over the course of the last few days. #CHOGM2018 pic.twitter.com/1tre7CfAnM — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 18, 2018
Commonwealth Youth Ambassador
Wednesday's meeting with the youth leaders marks an important part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting week. The high-profile event is usually only joined by members of the Royal Family and it was an unusual move when Markle joined her fiancé. Regardless, Queen Elizabeth II has appointed her grandson as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador and his role will be an important part of the couple's work once they are married.
"Harry hopes to encourage young people to use Commonwealth platforms to address the social, economic, and environmental challenges of their generation," a Buckingham Palace representative said of the prince's goal as ambassador.
Delegates from the representing 53-member countries traveled to London to meet Markle and Prince Harry. The couple met with officials and activists, including LGBT rights activists. They also met with former winners of the Queen's Young Leaders Award.
Markle's American Influence
Apparently, the use of the word Band-Aid is not the only American influence from Markle. Prince Harry has learned to assimilate with some of the American practices and traditions, including the preference of their wedding cake. It is a tradition in British weddings to have fruitcake served at the reception. However, the couple opted to have the American-style lemon elderflower cake instead.
Likewise, their wedding invitations had an American touch to it. The invites may have been from a British printer. However, the ink used reportedly came from the United States.
Prince Harry and Markle are set to wed at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19.