The Duke of Sussex was holding a Global Summit for his sustainable tourism initiative Travalyst in which he encouraged the travel industry to “build back better” after the coronavirus pandemic. He said: “There is a long road to recovery ahead, we all know this. But it is doubtedly an opportunity for us to work together and build back better.”
This has an eerie similarity to former Vice President Joe Biden’s rhetoric around his plan for the US’ economic recovery.
Mr Biden unveiled his ‘build back better’ plan for jobs and the economy last month, working to directly combat President Donald Trump’s ‘America first’ slogan.
His plan includes a $700billion investment in procurement and research and development for new technologies such as biotech, clean energy and artificial intelligence.
He posits that this plan will create five million new jobs.
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Prince Harry used the phrase ‘build back better’ in his speech, which is Joe Biden’s campaign slogan
Joe Biden’s plan for economic recovery is to ‘Build back better’
He also outlined that the federal government would always “Buy American” to support jobs.
The former Vice President also reiterated his plan to boost the corporate tax rate back up to 28 percent, after Repulican tax cuts lowered it to 21 percent in 2017.
Mr Biden said in July: “Folks, it’s not sufficient to build back, we have to build back better. That’s why my plan is to build back better.”
What’s more, his campaign website has an entire page dedicated to the ‘Build back better’ plan.
Joe Biden is running against Donald Trump in the presidential election
It reads: “In this time of crisis, Joe Biden has a plan to create millions of good-paying jobs and to give America’s working families the tools, choices and freedom they need to build back better.”
It is unclear whether this similarity between Harry’s speech and Mr Biden’s was intentional or not.
Nevertheless, both are referring to “building back” after the dissemination to the economy and various industries due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Both are suggesting that when these are built back, there should be vast structural changes made so that the final product is different ‒ and better ‒ to how it was before the pandemic.
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Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle now live in the US and so have a stake in the upcoming presidential election.
What’s more, as they have stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family, this begs the question as to whether this potentially opens the door to them being more political in the future.
Mr Biden, as the Demcoratic candidate, is ahead in the polls against Republican President Donald Trump, whose popularity has suffered as a response to his handling of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter protests.
California, where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex live, is a Democratic stronghold, where Mr Biden now leads Mr Trump by 39 points, 67 percent to 28 percent, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Before she married Harry, Meghan was very vocal in her feelings about Mr Trump, branding him “misogynistic” and “divisive”.
In a 2016 interview on US talk show, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, Meghan said: “It’s really the moment I go. We film Suits in Toronto and I might just stay in Canada.
“Yes, of course, Trump is divisive, think about female voters alone, right?
“I think it was in 2012 the Republican Party lost the female vote by 12 points.
Meghan on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore
“That is a huge number and with someone as misogynistic as Trump is, and so vocal about it, that is a huge chunk of it.”
She added: “You’re not just voting for a woman if it’s Hillary [Clinton]. Yes, you’re voting because she’s a woman, but certainly because Trump has made it easy to see that you don’t really want that kind of world that he’s painting.”
When these quotes were put to the President in 2019 ahead of a state visit to the UK, he branded them “nasty” but insisted he thought Meghan would make a very good “American princess”.