Prince William focuses on climate-focused US trip amid Harry’s controversy

London – Prince William and Princess Wales are looking to draw attention to the Earthshot Award, which is given to environmental innovators, this week when they visit the United States for the first time in eight years. His wife, Meghan, who criticized the British royal family in the American media.

William and his wife Katherine will be in Boston on Wednesday for three days of official duties, before announcing the winners on Friday at an awards ceremony starring pop star Billie Eilish.

Boston, the birthplace of John F. Kennedy, was chosen to host the second awards ceremony because of the late president’s 1962 “moonshot” speech set the task of reaching) inspired the Prince and his partners. Set a similar goal of finding solutions to climate change and other environmental problems by 2030. The first Earthshot Prize was awarded last year in London just before the UK hosted his COP26 climate conference.

But as much as the royal family tries to focus on the awards, William has criticized the royal family for racism and insensitive treatment in interviews with Oprah Winfrey and other U.S. media outlets when asked about Harry and Meghan. Just as the Netflix series The Crown tries to show that the British royal family is still relevant in a modern, multicultural Britain after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. , which revived some of the Windsor family’s more difficult times.

“I would say the royal family has been on a bit of a bumpy road lately, especially as far as America is concerned,” said Joe Little, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine. I’ve received a huge amount of criticism in Winfrey’s interviews, which doesn’t reflect particularly well on the Windsor family, so I think it’s a good opportunity while they’re in the United States… possible. If so, adjust the balance.”

Whatever those efforts are, they’ll be in and around Boston, and William and Kate will stay there throughout the visit.

The royal couple will continue to focus on environmental issues, meet with local organizations responding to rising sea levels in Boston, and visit the Greentown Lab in Somerville, Massachusetts. Greentown Lab is an incubator he hub where local entrepreneurs are working on projects to fight climate change.

But they also use their star power to highlight the work of Roca Inc., which seeks to improve the lives of young people by tackling issues such as racism, poverty, and incarceration, to broader issues as well. They will also visit the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University, a leader in research on the long-term effects of early childhood experiences.

William and Kate will also meet Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and visit the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library and Museum with the late president’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy.

“The Prince and Princess are looking forward to spending time in Boston, learning more about the issues affecting locals, and celebrating the incredible climate solutions highlighted through the Earthshot Awards,” said Kensington Palace. the office said. said in a statement.

Earthshot will offer £1 million ($1.2 million) in cash prizes to winners in five categories: Conservation, Clean Air, Ocean Restoration, Waste Removal and Climate Change. The winner and all 15 of her finalists will also receive support to scale the project to meet global demand.

Among the finalists is a Kenyan start-up aiming to provide cleaner burning stoves to make cooking safer and reduce indoor air pollution. It was the brainchild of his Charlot Magayi, who grew up in one of Nairobi’s largest slums and sold charcoal for fuel.

After her daughter was badly burned in a charcoal stove in 2012, she developed a stove that uses a combination of charcoal, wood and sugar cane to use a safer fuel. Stoves save users money, reduce toxic emissions, and reduce the risk of burns, Magai says.

Other finalists include Fleather, an Indian project that creates leather substitutes from floral waste. Hutan, an effort to protect orangutans in Malaysia. and SeaForester, which aims to regenerate kelp forests that absorb carbon dioxide and promote biodiversity.

The winners will be announced Friday at Boston’s MGM Music Hall as part of a glamorous show featuring Eilish, Annie Lennox, Ellie Goulding and Chloe x Halle. Includes video narrated by naturalist David Attenborough and actor Cate Blanchett.

The awards are presented by actor Rami Malek, comedian Katherine O’Hara, and actor and activist Shailene Woodley. The show is co-hosted by BBC girlfriend Clara Amfo and American actor and producer girlfriend Daniel Dae Kim.

The ceremony will be broadcast on Sunday on BBC in the UK, PBS in the US and Multichoice in Africa.

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