LONDON — Prince William and the Princess of Wales will seek to focus attention on the Earthshot Awards for environmental innovators as they make their first visit to the US in eight years this week, a trip that could sustained by tensions with Prince Harry and his wife. Meghan, who used to criticize the British royal family in the US media.
William and his wife, Catherine, will travel to Boston on Wednesday for three days for publicity activities before the announcement of the winners on Friday.
Boston, the birthplace of John F. Kennedy, was chosen to host the second annual awards ceremony because of the late president’s 1962 “moonshot” speech – which posed the challenge for Americans to get to the moon by end of the decade – inspired the prince and his members. partners set similar goals to find solutions to climate change and other environmental issues by 2030. The first Earthshot Prize was awarded last year in London just before the UK held the conference. climate convention COP26.
But as the royal tries to focus on the award, William will likely face questions about Harry and Meghan, who have criticized the royals for their racism and insensitive treatment in interviews. Interview with Oprah Winfrey and other US media. The Netflix series “The Crown” has also revived some of the more difficult times of Windsor House as the royal family tries to show that it’s still relevant in modern, multicultural Britain after the storm. death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, said: “You could say the royal family, especially for America, has had a bit of a rough patch lately. “They got a lot of criticism on the back of ‘The Crown’ and also on Oprah Winfrey’s interview, which doesn’t reflect particularly well on the House of Windsor, so I think it’s an opportunity. good when they join the United States…to redress the balance if possible.”
Regardless of those efforts, they will take place in and around Boston, where William and Kate will stay for the duration of their visit.
The royal couple will focus on environmental issues, meet with local organizations responding to sea level rise in Boston and visit Greentown Labs in Somerville, Massachusetts, an incubation center for local entrepreneurs are implementing projects to combat climate change.
But they’ll also tackle broader issues, using their star power to highlight the work of Roca Inc., which strives to improve the lives of young people by addressing problems problems such as racism, poverty and incarceration. They will also visit the Harvard Center for Child Development, a leading research center on the long-term impact of 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 Duchess look forward to spending time in Boston and learning more about the issues affecting local people, and celebrating the incredible climate solutions that will be highlighted through the Awards. Earthshot Award,” their Kensington Palace office said in a statement.
Earthshot awards £1 million ($1.2 million) prizes to winners in five separate categories: protecting nature, fresh air, revitalizing oceans, eliminating waste and transforming waste. climate change. The winners and all 15 finalists also receive help in scaling their projects to meet global demand.
Among the finalists is a startup from Kenya that aims to provide cleaner burning stoves for safer cooking and reduce indoor air pollution. Those are the brainwaves of Charlot Magayi, who grew up in one of Nairobi’s largest slums and sold charcoal for fuel.
When her daughter suffered severe burns from a coal-fired stove in 2012, she developed a safer fuel-burning stove made from a combination of coal, firewood and sugarcane. Magayi says stoves cut costs for users, reduce harmful emissions and reduce the risk of burns.
Other finalists include Fleather, a project in India that creates an alternative to skin from flower waste; Hutan, orangutan protection efforts in Malaysia; and SeaForester, seeking to restore kelp forests to capture carbon and promote biodiversity.
The winners will be announced Friday at the MGM Music Hall in Boston as part of a flashy show led by Billie Eilish, Annie Lennox, Ellie Goulding and Chloe x Halle. It will include video narrated by naturalist David Attenborough and actor Cate Blanchett.
The award will be presented by actor Rami Malek, comedian Catherine O’Hara, and actress and activist Shailene Woodley. The show will be co-hosted by BBC’s Clara Amfo and American actor and producer Daniel Dae Kim.
The ceremony will be broadcast on Sunday on BBC in the UK, PBS in the US and Multichoice across Africa.