Prince Harry calls hood opening ‘blow the hood’ as he changes English for Americanism

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The Duke of Sussex called opening a car’s hood ‘popping the hood’ during an appearance yesterday as he traded English for Americanisms after living in the United States for seven months.

Prince Harry, 36, joined his wife Meghan Markle, 39, from their $ 14 million mansion in Santa Barbara as they hosted a special edition of TIME100 Talks on ‘the state of our digital experience’.

The Duke slipped into “Americanism” using a metaphor while speaking with social media experts, including Meghan’s best friend, Serena William’s husband Alexis Ohanian, saying: “When you drive a car and when all the lights go out, smoke is coming out of the hood. You are not going to keep driving.

“You stop. In the old days, you would probably open the hood, take a peek underneath and maybe fix it.

The Duke of Sussex, 36, called opening a car’s hood ‘pop the hood’ in an appearance yesterday as he traded English for Americanisms after living in the United States for seven months with Meghan Markle, 39.

“But now each of these new cars has a shield on top, so you can’t fix it – you have to bring in the experts. “

He continued, “The online world affects the world. It is not limited to certain social media group platforms. It is a global crisis.

“A global crisis of hate. A global crisis of disinformation and a global health crisis.

“These people we’re talking to, there’s no one else better to explain it.

Prince Harry slipped into 'Americanism' using a metaphor while speaking with social media experts including Meghan's best friend, Serena William's husband Alexis Ohanian

Prince Harry slipped into ‘Americanism’ using a metaphor while speaking with social media experts including Meghan’s best friend, Serena William’s husband Alexis Ohanian

The comments come as Prince Harry marks almost a year away from the UK, after spending several months in Canada before moving to Meghan’s native California.

The TIME100 Talks episode featured conversations with a range of guests, including Reddit co-founder and 776 founder Alexis, and Rappler CEO and editor Maria Ressa.

During the conversation, Meghan said the ‘bad voices’ on social media were ‘so loud and damaging’ – after claiming she left her accounts for her own preservation.

Dressed in a black Alexander McQueen suit, Meghan admitted that while she and Harry “don’t talk about technology,” they “know the experience of being a human being and the pain, suffering and joy that comes with this global network ”.

Meanwhile, Harry said online platforms “distract us from things we should be focusing on.”

Harry concluded the conference by borrowing the Brexit Leave campaign slogan, urging people to ‘take back control’ of their use of social media and mobile devices.

Presented in partnership with P&G and themed “Engineering a Better World”, the special episode is linked to Harry and Meghan’s desire to create more compassionate, safe and trustworthy online communities.

It comes after Vanity Fair's Katie Nicholl announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not be joining the Royal Family at Sandringham for the holidays and that they are 'looking forward' to spending Christmas in California.

It comes after Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not be joining the Royal Family in Sandringham for the holidays and that they are ‘looking forward’ to spending Christmas in California

The couple also said they were “using every moment” to spend more time with their son Archie during the pandemic. Speaking to Time Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal, Meghan said: “We try to enjoy all the quality time we spend with our son and enjoy every moment of his growth and development. “

His latest slide into Americanism comes after it emerged the Sussexes would not be spending Christmas at Sandringham with the royals and were “looking forward” to their first vacation in California.

Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl said the Sussexes were excited for their first American Christmas living in California and would travel to the UK days later, allowing them to self-isolate for two weeks before the case began of Meghan’s High Court against the Mail on Sunday, which begins January 11.

This will be the couple’s second year of vacationing away from the Queen, 94, and other royals – after spending the final holiday season with Duchess Doria Ragland’s mother and son Archie at the Canada.

The royal couple previously spent every Christmas since their engagement in 2017 at the Queen's Sandringham Estate (pictured, Christmas Day 2018 with Prince Charles, Kate Middleton and Prince William

The royal couple previously spent every Christmas since their engagement in 2017 at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate (pictured, Christmas Day 2018 with Prince Charles, Kate Middleton and Prince William

The royal expert then reported that the news would likely be ‘disappointing’ for the monarch who Harry and his great-grandson Archie ‘miss’, whom she hasn’t seen for a year.

Sources said Prince Harry has no plans to cross the Atlantic anytime soon due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Meanwhile, earlier this year, the Duke said he “enjoys” his “fantastic” new life in the United States.

In a clip released for Rugby Football League following a video call with the organization to celebrate their 125th anniversary in August, Ellery Hanley MBE asked the royal if he appreciates life in the United States, to which he has said, “Oh, easy question. I like this. It’s fantastic.’

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