Prince Harry left tens of thousands of German schoolchildren distraught
as they could not understand a single word of his speech in their final school exam.
Students in the Western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia had to listen to a speech by Prince Harry as part of their final exams in English to finish their secondary school education.
Yet local media reported that tens of thousands of pupils could not understand a single word of Prince Harry as he 'muttered' a lot in his speech.
Teachers also complained that Prince Harry was mumbling too much.
Jochen Smets, spokesman of the German Educator’s organization, said: 'Even the bright students have failed in the exercises.'
Chairwoman Brigitte Balbach of the teacher's collective even went a step further and said that even teachers who have English as their mother tongue would have had problems understanding it.
Dario Schramm from the town of Bergisch Gladbach was one of the many students who complained about Prince Harry's speech.
He launched a petition
calling for a new exam to be taken and has already garnered more than 40,000 supporters within a few days.
Mr Schramm said: 'One of four key aspects of the exam was the listening test. For this, we listened to two podcasts, including a speech by Prince Harry. Both podcasts were very difficult to understand, there were very loud background noises.'
Bernd Hinke, head of the Anne-Frank school in Dusseldorf, witnessed the desperation of the students up close.
He said: 'The students were beside themselves, there were tears and great disappointment.'