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‘Hopeful’ Prince William issues personal message as royals on charm offensive at COP26

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Prince William signed off a personal tweet as he prepares to attend a series of engagements in Glasgow, where the UN’s climate change summit – COP26 – is taking place. The Duke of Cambridge wrote on Twitter this morning: “#COP26 is a landmark moment for the future of our planet — I’m proud that our @EarthshotPrize Finalists will be joining me in Glasgow to show the world that there is reason to be optimistic.” 

Ending the message he shared on the official social media account of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William added: “I’m hopeful about what can be achieved. W”  

The 15 finalists of the first year of the Earthshot Prize, named in September, will attend a reception hosted by both William and his father Prince Charles at The Clydeside Distillery. 

They will be joined by key members of the Sustainable Markets Initiative, a project launched earlier this year by the Prince of Wales in a bid to push businesses to put sustainability at the forefront of their work. 

Prince William launched the Earthshot Prize in October 2020 in a bid to inspire and promote groundbreaking projects aiming at fighting the five most pressing environmental issues the planet is currently experiencing.  

In the run-up to the first award ceremony, carried out at London’s Alexandra Palace on October 17, Prince William explained he wants people to be hopeful about humanity’s chances to save the earth rather than scared and pessimistic. 

Shortly after William tweeted his message, Prince Charles’s official Twitter account Clarence House also wrote about the Prince of Wales’ presence in Glasgow. 

Prince Charles will lead the royal charm offensive at the summit by addressing world leaders, activists and experts during the COP26 opening ceremony.

In his speech, he is expected to stress the urgency of dealing with the climate crisis. 

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