Prince Harry gets tongue-tied trying to speak Arabic in Dubai

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Previously nicknamed the “playboy prince” by multiple media outlets, Britain’s Prince Harry demonstrated more of his serious side when he tried to speak Arabic for style at a Dubai charity event on Sunday, reported UAE-based The National.

The prince was the guest of honor at a fundraising dinner in aid of his charity Sentebale.

Other guests at the event included members of the Dubai royal family, dignitaries and business leaders.

Prince Harry began his speech to the 300-strong audience with a few sentences in Arabic, reported The National.

“Assalamu alaikum, masah al kheir, marhaba.” The sentence translates into English as: “Peace be upon you, good evening, hello.”

Unsure of his attempt, Harry muttered quietly, “Hopefully that was right, I’m not sure. Probably not,” reported the website.

At the end of his speech, the prince tried again.

According to the report, he then said in Arabic: “Thank you for your generosity and all the best with Dubai’s 2020 bid.” He was referring to the emirate’s ambitions to host World Expo 2020.

Responses from the audience to the British prince’s speech were mixed but the overall impression was that those attending were appreciative of his efforts.

Marleine Ramadan, 25, from Lebanon, told The National: “It was hard to make out what he was saying as he was speaking modern standard Arabic rather than colloquial Arabic but it is a good thing he tried at all.”

Prince Harry helped to raise more than $1 million at Sunday night’s dinner for Sentebale which supports child victims of the HIV virus.

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