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Prince William and Kate are in the US on their first trip in eight years

Prince William and Kate are in the US on their first trip in eight years


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The new Prince and Princess of Wales landed in Boston on Wednesday ahead of the second iteration Earthshot Prize Awards later this week.

The couple flew into the city on a commercial flight as controversy erupted home, after an aide resigned following “unacceptable and deeply regrettable” remarks made to a black man who visited Buckingham Palace earlier this week.

This is the couple’s first visit to the United States since their hit the Big Apple eight years ago. The pair had also previously embarked on a whirlwind California tour a few months after their wedding in 2011.

The trip is an opportunity for Prince William to show how he intends to adapt to his new role as Prince of Wales from his predecessor, while Catherine will hope to charm the public – as the former holder of her new title effortlessly did – but on her own terms.

William established his Climate Change Prize back in 2020 in the hope of harnessing the world’s brightest minds to tackle some of the most pressing environmental challenges facing humanity. Each year for the next decade, five winners will receive £1 million (about $1.12 million) to fund their creative solutions to the climate crisis.

The heir to the British throne was inspired to launch the project by President John F. Kennedy’s “moonshot” speech. in 1962 when he tasked the US to advance space exploration.

Hundreds of people gathered at Speaker’s Corner outside City Hall despite the rain and high temperatures to catch a glimpse of the royal couple. The crowd screamed and cheered as the couple walked outside with city officials.

Taking the podium, Prince William told well-wishers that he and his wife, Catherine, were “absolutely delighted to be with you today, for our first engagement in the great city of Boston, as we begin the countdown to this Friday’s Earthshot Prizes.”

The 40-year-old royal said Boston was the “obvious choice” for this year’s ceremony as the former president’s hometown and “because your universities, research centers and vibrant start-up scene make you a global leader in science, innovation and boundless ambition.

“Like President Kennedy, Catherine and I strongly believe that we all have it within us to achieve great things and that human beings have the ability to lead, innovate and solve problems,” William continued.

“We can’t wait to celebrate the Earthshot Prize finalists later this week, and we both look forward to spending the next few days learning about the innovative ways people in Massachusetts are fighting climate change,” he added.

The pair were then joined by Mayor Michelle Wu and Massachusetts Governor-elect Maura Healey to help formally kick off the city’s Earthshot celebration, lighting up the city hall and other landmarks in green with the push of a button.

Before the lighting ceremony, the royals had an audience with Mayor Wu at City Hall.

Because of their busy schedule, they attended the Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat game in downtown Boston on Wednesday. They sat next to the playing field with Healey.

While William and Kate’s trip to the state isn’t an official royal tour, the royals aren’t just parachuting into Friday night’s glitzy ceremony. Instead, they have a packed three-day visit during which they will turn their focus to initiatives in some of Boston’s hardest-pressed communities and meet with local Indigenous leaders.

A spokesman for Kensington Palace told CNN the couple is eager to spend more time in Boston so they can get to know the communities and learn about the climate challenges facing the coastal city.

Some see the couple’s trip as an opportunity to reset perceptions in the US after several harmful years. The new seasons of the Netflix show “The Crown” revived old criticisms of the monarchy, while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2021. interview with Oprah Winfrey damaged the reputation of the family.

They claimed it was done by family members racist remarks and the institution abandoned Meghan when she confessed is thinking about suicide while they were pregnant with their first child, Archie. William later defended the monarchy, saying: “we are not a racist family.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu;  Governor-elect Maura Healey;  Prince William;  Catherine, Princess of Wales;  Emilia Fazzalari and her Celtics owner husband Wyc Grousebeck watch the Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat game on November 30, 2022.

On Wednesday, an honorary member of Buckingham Palace resigned and apologized after the founder of a black charity said she was asked at a royal reception on Tuesday if she was really British.

Kensington Palace condemned the incident, saying the remarks were “unacceptable” and that it was “right for the individual concerned to step aside immediately”.

Incidentally, a few days after this tour, Harry and Meghan will receive an award for their work through the Archewell Foundation on the topic of race, mental health and social impact. The Sussexes were recently named recipients of the 2022 Ripple of Hope Award by the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation for Human Rights (RFKHR). They join Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky among others honored this year.

Announcing the honor last month, RFKHR president Kerry Kennedy said the couple “has always stood out for their willingness to speak out and change the narrative around racial justice and mental health around the world.”

“They embody the kind of moral courage that my father once called ‘the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change the most painfully changing world.'”

There are no plans for the brothers and their spouses to catch up while in the same country. Their priority is Earthshot and they are smart enough to know that a family reunion would overshadow their goals.

Instead, the royals will hope to focus public attention on the causes they stand for and the work they do while in the US.

“The award has become the Prince’s Superbowl moment of the year, and he looks forward to continuing to use the platform every year to shine a light on some of the most impactful projects doing incredible things around the world to save the future of our planet,” a Kensington Palace spokesman said.

One meeting that is on the cards is a catching up with US President Joe Bidenwho will greet the couple during a visit to Boston for a fundraiser on Friday, according to the White House.

The visit to the USA culminates in the grand finale of the star-studded Earthshot ceremony on Friday, which will unite innovation with entertainment.

Singers Annie Lennox, Billie Eilish and Ellie Goulding will perform, and five winners will be announced by the presenters, including Oscar winner Rami Malek, actress Shailene Woodley and Catherine O’Hara, of “Schitt’s Creek” fame.

British broadcaster Clara Amfo will return to host the awards with actor Daniel Dae Kim. Veteran British broadcaster, naturalist and all-round national treasure David Attenborough will also appear in the glitzy extravaganza.

The awards will be broadcast in the UK on Sunday on the BBC at 17:30 GMT. It is scheduled to air on PBS on December 14, but will begin streaming on the broadcaster’s website and app on Monday. Viewers across Africa will also be able to watch the ceremony on Monday when it premieres on Multichoice channels at 5pm PT.



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