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Prince William and Kate Middleton are set to land in the US today – offering the chance to put right “inconsistencies” in Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview, an expert suggests.
The Prince and Princess of Wales join officials in Boston at 4pm local time (9pm GMT) to kickstart the countdown to the Earthshot Prize Ceremony. Royal sources have described the event as William’s “super bowl” moment – and the future King’s chief priority is handing out environmental honours.
But royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams believes the visit offers another opportunity to Waleses, noting their importance as an “amazing soft power”.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Mr Fitzwilliams said he believes “inconsistencies” in the Oprah interview need to be addressed, particularly for an American audience eager to see the new Prince and Princess of Wales for the first time in eight years.
Mr Fitzwilliams said: “There is, indeed, a need to correct the – putting it mildly – inconsistencies [in the Oprah interview].
“The Americans greatly admired the Queen, equally they adored Diana but there is no doubt that Harry and Meghan have a large following there.”
He added that there was “no question” that William and Kate would also be “admired” when they touched down in Boston.
In March 2021, the Sussexes sat down with Oprah Winfrey in their home state of California, making a series of bombshell claims against the Firm shortly after stepping back as senior working royals.
During the interview, Meghan claimed a member of the institution had discussed what Archie’s skin tone may have been before his birth, and also described struggles with her mental health.
Buckingham Palace responded by saying “issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning”, adding that “whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately”.
Referencing claims made in the interview, Mr Fitzwilliams said: “It’s very important that what was said on Oprah is questioned but the royals can’t do that, they can’t go point by point by point. Oprah didn’t follow up any questions or probe them.
“So it’s not so much correcting what’s on Oprah but showing the amazing soft power the royals can, and do, use for charitable purposes.”
William and Kate are going to attempt to do just that, through the Earthshot Prize and a whirlwind of other engagements scheduled during a packed trip to the US.
Earthshot aims to empower individuals with bold ideas to help solve the huge environmental problems facing the planet, something likely to resonate especially well with a young audience who will face the worst of the effects of climate change.
“The Earthshot Prize is superb because we need new technologies, new ideas to combat climate change,” said Mr Fitzwilliams, “That’s what the Earthshot Prize is about, it’s not just about the use of what’s known, it’s about the development.”
He added that it is “very important” to appeal to a younger audience, particularly since, following Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah, royal approval ratings among a younger demographic have dropped.
When asked if there would be a meeting between the Sussexes and the Prince and Princess of Wales, Mr Fitzwilliams said: “Definitely not under the current circumstances, I don’t think that was ever on the cards.”
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While in the US, William and Kate are set to attend the Earthshot ceremony on December 2. However, before the event, the couple have a schedule full of engagements around Boston.
They will be welcomed today at Boston City Hall by Mayor of Boston, Michelle Wuby before visiting the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum where they will meet JFK’s daughter Caroline Kennedy.
The couple will also view local work to mitigate the risk of rising sea levels, something poignant for the costal city.
In addition to seeing the work done to combat the effect of climate change, the royals will visit groups working to help vulnerable members of the community.
The Princess will also make a solo visit the Centre on the Developing Child at Harvard University, a world leader in research on the lifelong impact of early childhood experiences.
Kate is the royal patron of Action For Children as well as several other family-focused charities.
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