The Prince and Princess of Wales’ trip to the US this week will help “restore balance” for the royal family in the wake of Harry and Meghan’s transatlantic potshots and inaccuracies in The Crown, experts claimed today.
William and Kate fly to Boston on Wednesday for the start of a three-day trip to the US, culminating in Friday’s glitzy Earthshot awards event, described by an insider as the Prince’s “Super Bowl” moment.
Experts have said it’s hugely significant that the couple’s first overseas trip since the Queen’s death is to America. They have no plans to see Harry and Meghan, despite both going to the east coast of the US for the next week.
Historian and biographer Amanda Lucy Foreman said the US visit to Wales is a “kind of royal blow” for the Sussexes.
The Prince and Princess of Wales will fly to Boston on Wednesday but are not expected to see Harry and Meghan, who are in New York next week
She called William and Kate the “working Windsors,” and Meghan and Harry the “working Windsors,” claiming that Harry’s older brother and his wife land in the US just as the ‘working-it Windsors’ are ‘wearing out their welcome’.
Royal commentator and biographer Phil Dampier said: “I’m sure they don’t see it as a rival trip to Harry and Meghan, but it’s inevitable that it’s portrayed that way.
“The key point is that William’s Earthshot award is an important accolade that recognizes practical solutions to climate change and he cares deeply about making a difference.”
The Netflix series ‘The Crown’ has also revived some of the House of Windsor’s more troubled times, just as the Royal Family tries to show that it remains relevant after the Queen’s death in modern, multicultural Great Britain. -Britain.
“You could say that the royal family, especially when it comes to America, has had its fair share of bumps lately,” said Joe Little, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine.
“They’ve had a huge amount of criticism on the back of ‘The Crown’ and also the interview with Oprah Winfrey, which didn’t exactly play out well at the House of Windsor, so I think it’s a good opportunity while they’re in the USA. … to restore the balance as best as possible’.
The Wales’ departure for Boston on Wednesday, and just 200 miles away in New York, William’s estranged brother and wife will also be in the spotlight, taking home New York’s Ripple of Hope Prize, hosted by a other branch of the Kennedy family, Robert F. Kennedy’s daughter, Kerry, on Tuesday.
Controversially, Kerry Kennedy has said the Ripple of Hope award partially recognizes the Sussexes’ stand in opposing institutionalized racism in the royal family – allegations that have been vigorously rejected by the royal household. The Queen appeared to deny it in a rare statement before she died.
With speculation surrounding Harry and Meghan’s forthcoming Netflix ‘docuseries’, sources insisted Wales ‘won’t be distracted by other things’.
And according the Telegraphciting a source from a foreign office, although the palace team are “very well aware” of Meghan, 41, and Harry, 38, they are “unafraid of their shadows on this.”
Despite being in the same part of the world — just days apart — multiple sources have said they have “no plans” to see each other. Royal pundits have repeatedly said the brothers are not closer, despite their grandmother’s death in September.
They remained only yards apart in Windsor before and after Her Majesty’s funeral, but they are not believed to have spent any time together except on formal occasions.
But as much as the royals try to focus on Earthshot, William is likely to get questions about Harry and Meghan, who have repeatedly criticized the royal family.
They accused senior royals of racism and ignoring Meghan when she was suicidal and pregnant, in interviews with Oprah Winfrey and other US media outlets.
Billie Eilish is expected to perform at the Prince of Wales’ Earthshot Prize awards in Boston
Cate Blanchett (pictured) will also be featured in the Earthshot event
Billie Eilish, Annie Lennox and actor Rami Malik will lead a stellar lineup for the Prince of Wales’ Earthshot Prize awards as he and his wife roll down the red carpet in the United States this week.
William, 40, is passionate about the awards he has created to recognize individuals and organizations developing practical solutions to the global environmental crisis.
Five winners will each receive £1 million in prize money, so the stakes are high.
Harry and Meghan receive a Ripple of Hope award
Sources say he sees Earthshot as part of his growing global leadership role. “It’s a big moment for him on the world stage,” added one.
William and the Princess of Wales – who are making their first foreign visit since the Queen’s death and will be given their new titles – are “hugely excited” about the trip and see it as an important moment to forge their own path as working royals.
They are keen to meet members of as many local communities as possible while visiting a city famous for its Irish community, sporting heritage and history.
In addition to attending a special event with Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, the prince will visit the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum with Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the former president.
The Prince and Princess will learn about the work local organizations are doing to reduce the risk of rising sea levels in Boston and will tour Greentown Labs, in the nearby town of Somerville, to gain insight into the development of innovative green technologies .
They will also spend time at Roca, a non-profit organization that supports underprivileged and vulnerable youth.
It’s a theme Kate takes to world-famous Harvard University when she visits the Center on the Developing Child.
In 2021, Kate launched her own Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood, working with organizations to help young people between the crucial formative ages of birth to five.
However, the Friday night gala awards ceremony is undoubtedly the focus of their visit and William has harnessed their royal star power to bring in a host of celebrities.
Boston was the natural home for Earthshot in the US, as the awards were inspired by JFK’s Moonshot, who was born in the city.
Other names performing at Boston’s MGM Music Hall include Ellie Goulding and Beyonce protégés Chloe x Halle.
A royal source said: ‘The award has become the Superbowl moment of the year for the Prince, and he looks forward to continuing to use the platform each year to shine a light on some of the most impactful projects to come. doing great things around the world to save our planet. the future of the planet.’
Among the 15 finalists vying for £1 million to be awarded to each of the five category winners are a cleaner stove initiative in Kenya and a Dutch-made bubble barrier to prevent plastic from entering the oceans.
There are also finalists from the UK for the first time, with two UK entries selected.
Notpla Hard Material – a start-up run by Pierre Paslier and Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez in London – makes packaging from seaweed and plants as an alternative to single-use plastics, and has already produced more than a million biodegradable takeaway meals for company Just Eten.
The other UK finalist – Low Carbon Materials, based in County Durham – uses non-recyclable plastic waste to decarbonise traditional concrete blocks.
The royal source said: ‘Inclusivity is an important part of Earthshot’s mission. This year’s nominees come from all corners of the planet and truly showcase the best of human ingenuity. From Indigenous leadership in Australia to women-led solutions in Kenya, diverse stories and solutions are at the center of the award.
“Inclusivity will also be an important part of the wider journey – during our stay in Boston, the Prince and Princess will meet Boston native leaders.”
Sir David Attenborough, an Earthshot Prize supporter since its inception last year, will address the opening of the show, while Oscar-winning actress and Earthshot judge Cate Blanchett will provide a look back at the 2021 winners.
Malek, who played singer Freddie Mercury in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, will present an award, as will actress Catherine O’Hara, star of Home Alone and Schitt’s Creek, as well as environmental activist and actress Shailene Woodley.
John F Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline, and his grandson, Jack Schlossberg will also lend their support.
The awards air on the BBC in the UK at 5.30pm on Sunday, with other connections to broadcast it in the US and across Africa. It also airs on YouTube in the rest of the world.