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"Harry go easy on the Groom" urges a leading UK speech writer
Professor Khalid of the Aziz Corporation discusses what should be appropriately included and excluded in Prince Harry's best man speech as he prepares for his role in the upcoming Royal Wedding.
"Action man Harry needs to think very carefully before indulging in risqué armed forces' humour," says Professor Aziz, who specialises in speeches for high net-worth individuals.
"The last thing Prince Harry will want to do is spend the next year to 18 months regaining approval from his family and the press."
“The question is how to be humorous without causing offence as it is very often impossible these days to tell a funny story these days without upsetting someone."
"Prince Harry has his brother's entire lifetime to dig into. Such lives should be treated like sausages; no one likes to ponder too deeply what has gone into them."
"The trick is not to reveal too many surprises - to his own family but in particular to the Bride's family. Although memories of the stag night (often it’s a weekend or even longer these days) may be fresh but they should not be mined too deeply.
"When it comes to the Bridesmaids, he should celebrate those things which their parental generation might appreciate. It should be a celebration not a verbal leer."
"As with any speech, the Best Man's speech is all about understanding the audience and providing them with humorous insights they can enjoy without making the groom squirm. That doesn't mean letting him off entirely however, but rather ensuring he is still able to retain his dignity."
"Warm-hearted stories which give a real human insight into the characters always work well. The Best Man will do well to avoid references which will only be understood by a small minority of those present. The art of speech is to include not exclude,” said Professor Aziz.
• Prepare thoroughly
• Run the speech through with friends of different ages
• Have one drink beforehand, no more
• Write in short sentences as you would speak
• Use words understood across the generations
• Avoid dwelling heavily on the stag night
• Play safe with the bride’s family – "no waity Kate" or "doors to manual" gags
• Keep revelations to a minimum
• Try to enjoy the occasion
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