Kate and William to show US ‘what royalty can do’ after Meghan and Harry ‘damage’ Firm

Kate Middleton praised by expert for 'great' Earthshot speech

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 39, recently attended the inaugural awards ceremony for the Earthshot Prize scheme. Aiming to run annually until 2030, the initiative launched by Prince William sees five winners awarded £1million each year for their contributions to sustainable innovations.

During the eco-themed event, the Cambridges announced that in 2022, the ceremony will take place stateside, where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry reside following their step away from royal duties.

Speaking from onstage at London’s Alexandra Palace, Prince William said: “London and the UK has put on quite a show for our first year.

“So for the second year, we need to pass the baton to a country whose leadership is essential for all five of our Earthshots.

“Where better than the nation that inspired the Moonshot all those years ago? I’m delighted to announce that the Earthshot Prize will be heading to the United States of America in 2022.”

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams described the decision to host the awards from the US next as a “logical step”, but also explained that it could be an opportunity to boost the image of the royals across the pond.

He also praised the ambitious environmental prize describing it as “pivotal”, and that the US would provide “essential” support to the scheme.

He told “The Earthshot Prize is a hugely prestigious international award which William has just launched in London.

“In planning its future over the decade to come, which is so pivotal for the future of the planet, it is the logical step for William to take it to the most powerful nation on earth, the United States, whose support is so essential on this issue.”

Mr Fitzwilliams also explained that there were some similarities between the actions of William and his brother Harry.

He noted how previously Harry’s Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, started in London in 2014 before being held in other major global cities.

He did add, however, that Harry is unlikely to have influenced William’s decision.

Explaining the US move, he said: “It is what Harry did with the second Invictus Games, which were held in Florida, but I strongly doubt the Sussexes featured in William’s plans.”

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However, he also added how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with US chat host Oprah Winfrey may have been “damaging” to the Royal Family’s image in the states.

Following their step away from royal duties in 2020, Meghan and Harry made a series of claims about their time as members of the Royal Family.

Mr Fitzwilliams explained that taking the prize to America could provide means of promoting William and Kate’s image there in the aftermath of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s explosive interview.

He said: “It is absolutely true that their [Meghan and Harry’s] interview on Oprah was extremely damaging for the Royal Family, especially in America.

“However, bringing the Earthshot Prize to the United States is an excellent way of promoting an important issue for humanity and also heightening their profile as the future King and Queen Consort with an image which is both caring and glamorous.”

He added: “The launch is bound to be spectacular and this is an excellent idea which will remind Americans of what royalty can achieve.”

To tie in with the sustainability theme for this year’s event in London, no guests were allowed to fly in from other countries to attend.

As a result, it remains unclear whether the Cambridges will be in attendance at the US ceremony next year.

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