Prince of Wales is slammed over ‘American’ spelling in heartfelt letter to French president – Daily Mail

Prince of Wales is slammed over ‘American’ spelling in heartfelt letter to French president – Daily Mail

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The Prince of Wales has come under fire for using 'American' spellings in a heartfelt letter, written to the French president following the Notre Dame fire. On Tuesday, a letter of sympathy written by Prince Charles, 70, to Emmanuel Macron, 41, in the wake of the cathedral inferno, was shared to the Clarence House Instagram account.  Despite the touching message, many of the royal's 714, 000 followers were distracted by the 'Americanised' spellings - a day after fans claimed Meghan is running the SussexRoyal Instagram account, due to US words and phrases in the captions.  Arguing that the future King should stick to British English, fans pointed out that 'agonizing, realize and civilizaton' were used in the letter, as opposed to 'agonising, realise and civilisaton'.  Others suggested that his spellings could have been autocorrected, with most word processing programmes using American English as their default setting for spellchecking.   Clarence House declined to comment, but it's believed that Charles prefers to use the 'correct' 15th century versions of English, when words were spelled with an 'ize' instead of 'ise'.  Examples of previous letters written by the royal, show that he has always used spellings such as 'recognize' and 'realize'.   The ....


We all speak English.'  Meanwhile one said: 'The world has just lost an iconic historic building in tragic circumstances which was originally erected in 1161 and took centuries to complete. It had over a million visitors annually, it housed priceless treasures and all you can complain about is a spell checker's spelling?'.  However many others defended the letter, arguing that the spelling was irrelevant in light of the tragedy Speaking to FEMAIL, royal etiquette expert William Hanson said:  'It is a shame that Clarence House inadvertently used the American English version of 'realise'.  'All communication aimed at the British public should be in British English. One of the softer roles the monarchy has to play is maintaining traditional standards.  'The British monarchy should uphold correct British English - or, as it used to just be called, English. But I do wonder whether Clarence House chose to use the more internationally recognised spelling on purpose as the message was meant for a global audience? Perhaps we should ....

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