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sgl 01-16-2008 08:32 PM

Marie-Chantal's Languages and Accent
 
This may sound like an unnecessary or trivial question, but I have never heard Marie-Chantal speak. I know that she was born in England to an American father and an Ecuardorian mother, raised in Hong Kong, educated in Switzerland and the States. I know that English is her primary language, and that she is fluent in French. Does she have an American accent or a British accent? I was just curious. I would imagine that Crown Prince Pavlos has a British accent, but I could be mistaken. Does anyone have the answer?

rominet09 01-16-2008 08:33 PM

....and does she speak Greek now ??? I'd love to know

sgl 01-16-2008 08:38 PM

I have read on this board that she tried to learn Greek, but gave it up. I don't believe that she has resumed her Greek lessons. It is a shame. She obviously has the ability to learn other languages. Maybe she will try again. In my opinion, she should speak the language of the country she "represents", especially since her husband's family would like to regain their throne. I am really curious to hear what her voice sounds like.

sgl 01-17-2008 04:34 PM

Does anyone know of any links to interviews that may be found online? I would also be curious to hear Crown Prince Pavlos in an interview.

kalnel 01-17-2008 10:14 PM

Don't know about a link to hearing Pavlos, but I recall hearing him around the time of his wedding, and he spoke with a British accent. Nicholaos and Anne-Marie had similar accents.

I noticed recently that the website with Theodora's acting resume says that she speaks with the high-toned British "Received Pronunciation." (She can also do other accents.)

sgl 01-17-2008 11:11 PM

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Originally Posted by kalnel (Post 717731)
Don't know about a link to hearing Pavlos, but I recall hearing him around the time of his wedding, and he spoke with a British accent. Nicholaos and Anne-Marie had similar accents.

I noticed recently that the website with Theodora's acting resume says that she speaks with the high-toned British "Received Pronunciation." (She can also do other accents.)

Thank you, Kalnel. Do you know about Marie-Chantal?

sita 01-18-2008 04:26 PM

Hello SGL, some day I posted a link (post 58 in thread current events n°4) to a Martha Stewart show where MC spoke about Valentino. But I think they removed the video. Anyway to me (I'm French, so, not the best to know) MC had a slight American accent.
There is also a video from 2004 about Prince Frederic from Denmark. Pavlos and MC are being interviewed as cousins of the groom. But I never saw the video, maybe it is on You tube or something like that.

sgl 01-18-2008 05:48 PM

Merci, Sita!

helenw 01-18-2008 11:18 PM

Years ago on the Miller Sisters message board, we had a link to an interview with MC. Her accent was American, not too strong. I couldn't even begin to tell you where it was from, it was such a long time ago. But definitely American at that time.:smile:

sgl 01-19-2008 12:22 PM

Thank you, Helen!:flowers:

Stefanie 01-19-2008 04:30 PM

During the broadcast of Frederik´s wedding in Danish TV they had a short interview with MC and Pavlos where they talked about their own wedding. MC´s accent is definitely very american. (By the way: Pavlos was sitting next to her and I had the feeling that he´s henpecked of her...;)) His accent is more British IMO. He´s got a very smooth and male voice. Very sexy....

sgl 01-19-2008 04:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Stefanie (Post 718497)
During the broadcast of Frederik´s wedding in Danish TV they had a short interview with MC and Pavlos where they talked about their own wedding. MC´s accent is definitely very american. (By the way: Pavlos was sitting next to her and I had the feeling that he´s henpecked of her...;)) His accent is more British IMO. He´s got a very smooth and male voice. Very sexy....


I think he is so sexy. She is the luckiest woman! Imagine coming home to him every night! Lucky, lucky girl.

sita 01-20-2008 04:51 AM

haha, sgl, you might be right but I do think any people can have more difficult moments in their couple, especially when they are good looking and famous and rich like Pavlos and MC (more temptations to look elsewhere, obviously). So I really do admire them for having succeeded (for the moment, let's hope for ever) to stand firm as a united family. It is such a great example for those who believe in happiness through family life and marriage.
Anyway, my dictionnary has reached its limits : can someone explain what Stefanie means by "henpecked" ?

sgl 01-20-2008 03:03 PM

I think (I could be wrong, but this is how I have always heard the term) that 'henpecked' means that the woman is overly-controlling of the man. It is a term that is used to say that the man has no say whatsoever in the relationship, and that the woman has total control over him-from everything to his mannerisms, to his friends and the way he lives his daily life.

I hope that this answers your question Sita! I am curious, is there a French term for men who have been 'henpecked'? I would love to know, and I would love to tease my husband by saying it to him (I always joke with him that I am in complete control of him):smile:

sita 01-23-2008 08:26 AM

Hello sgl, thank you for the explanation. In french we would say that the wife "porte la culotte" (she wears the pants), but I must say I find this very un-elegant, all the more as it means in a way that a man with a firm tempered wife is not really a man anymore as he has no more pants (sophisticated, humm ?) As if there could be only one pair of pants in a couple...modern days have their good sides. :flowers:
As for our favorite couple, I do not think that she overpowered him, she simply made him blossom like it is written in Vanity Fair. We read also in an interview last year that she considers that a man looks for a "good copilot" in life. So she does not hide that she takes part to decisions, but she considers they share, she's not the centre of everything, and I think that's how it goes. And if so, I like it very much. Very modern, very me, maybe very you sgl ? ;)

sgl 01-23-2008 12:22 PM

Sita, you and I think alike! My father is Italian and very traditional. He was clearly the dominant person in our household. As a result of this, I grew up determined to have an equal relationship where decisions were made by both partners, and both husband and wife had their own pairs of pants. I admire Marie-Chantal and Pavlos. They are the true definition of the modern couple. It is beautiful to see their relationship grow and thrive. They are an excellent example for couples today.

USCtrojan 07-21-2008 12:38 AM

I saw a video of her introducing her clothing line back in the day, and she has no British accent at all. Pavlos does a have slight one however. Her accent is very American. I didn't really catch that she had even an American accent. She spoke with a New York accent if that helps.

As for the henpecking - when you are the daugter of a rich rich man and daddy is paying for most of your marrige expenses, then I believe she might be henpecking, but, who am I to say.

LauraMCS 07-22-2008 01:29 PM

MC does not have a New York accent at all. Fran Drescher, Rosie O'Donnell and Penny Marshall have NY accents.

Odette 07-22-2008 01:37 PM

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Originally Posted by hollywood0220 (Post 801497)
I saw a video of her introducing her clothing line back in the day, and she has no British accent at all. Pavlos does a have slight one however. Her accent is very American. I didn't really catch that she had even an American accent. She spoke with a New York accent if that helps.

As for the henpecking - when you are the daugter of a rich rich man and daddy is paying for most of your marrige expenses, then I believe she might be henpecking, but, who am I to say.

MC like a lot of people who lived in a lot of countries while growing up, have an accent that usually is very difficult to "pin down"
I do not think her accent is N Y. Definitely not southern accent and more eastern establishment.
With regard to papa paying the bills, I tend to agree.......the person who holds the purse strings has more say. At least she leaves no doubt about it.

misselle 07-27-2008 09:18 PM

Marie- Chantal definitely doesn't have the typical New York City accent,which is working-class in origin.Ages ago,the very wealthy New Yorkers(think Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her sister Lee Radziwill who were/are holdouts and their step brothers Jamie and Louis Auchincloss)had their own particular way of talking--more Continental than anything.


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