Royal news: William and Kate announce Earthshot Prize winners as trip overshadowed by palace racism row

The Prince and Princess of Wales awarded the 2022 Earthshot Prize awards at a ceremony in Boston amid a three-day trip to the US.

Prince William awarded the £1m prize to five innovators tackling the climate crisis.

Earlier, William met US president Joe Biden before touring the JFK Library with Caroline Kennedy as the Princess of Wales made a solo visit to Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child in Cambridge on Friday.

Meanwhile, sources close to Prince William and Princess Kate have apparently nicknamed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “the Kardashians” in a sharp response to the trailer for their new Netflix documentary series.

The Times reported that “royal insiders” believe that Harry and Meghan “deliberately torpedoed” William and Kate’s visit to the US by allowing the streaming giant to release the first look of the documentary during the US visit.

Key points

  • William and Kate announce Earthshot Prize winners

  • William and Kate sources nickname Meghan and Harry the ‘Kardashians’

  • William meets with Joe Biden in Boston

  • William and Kate soldier on with climate tour despite Netflix bombshell and palace racism row

  • Prince William’s godmother, a Buckingham Palace aide, resigns amid racism row

Prince William and Kate begin second day of Royal Tour after Harry and Meghan release Netflix trailer

Thursday 1 December 2022 16:02 , Louise Boyle

Prince William and Kate kicked off the second day of the Royal tour on Thursday amid a Royal racism row and the drop of a headline-grabbing trailer for Prince Harry and Meghan’s new Netflix documentary.

The Prince and Princess of Wales arrived at Greentown Labs, the United States’ largest clean-tech incubator in Boston, Massachusetts around 11am.

Catherine, Princess of Wales arrives for her visit of Greentown Labs in Boston (Getty Images)
Catherine, Princess of Wales arrives for her visit of Greentown Labs in Boston (Getty Images)

Watch: Prince William condemns Lady Hussey’s ‘unacceptable’ comments

Thursday 1 December 2022 16:09 , Oliver O'Connell

Prince William has condemned “unacceptable” comments made by his godmother, Lady Susan Hussey, towards a Black charity boss at a Buckingham Palace reception.

The late Queen’s lady-in-waiting repeatedly asked Ngozi Fulani where she was “really” from in an encounter Ms Fulani said was “an abuse.”

Lady Hussey has since resigned.

“Racism has no place in our society, these comments were unacceptable and it is right that the individual concerned has stepped down,” a spokesperson for Kensington Palace said.

Lady Hussey: Prince William condemns 'unacceptable' comment made to Ngozi Fulani

Lady Hussey ‘said Harry and Meghan marriage would end in tears’

Thursday 1 December 2022 16:28 , Oliver O'Connell

The late Queen’s lady-in-waiting, who has resigned and apologised for “unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments” made to a Black advocate for survivors of domestic abuse, once reportedly advised Meghan Markle.

Lady Susan Hussey, 83, who is a godmother to Prince William, served the late Queen for more than 60 years. During her time in the role, the palace aide was reportedly directed by Buckingham Palace to help the Duchess of Sussex settle into royal life prior to and after her wedding to Prince Harry, according to Tom Bower, author of Revenge: Meghan, Harry And The War Between The Windsors.

The book also claims she took a dim view of the marriage. Chelsea Ritschel reports.

Royal aide embroiled in race row ‘said Harry and Meghan marriage would end in tears’

Teaser released of ‘unprecedented and in-depth’ Netflix docuseries ‘Harry & Meghan'

Thursday 1 December 2022 16:47 , Oliver O'Connell

The first official teaser for Harry & Meghan, the Sussexes’ behind-the-scenes Netflix docuseries, has premiered.

The one-minute trailer, which featured never before seen private photographs of the couple, was released on the second day of the Prince and Princess of Wales’s high-profile trip to the US.

Watch it here in Meredith Clark’s report.

Harry and Meghan: Everything we know about docuseries as first teaser released

After rain delay, Caroline Kennedy greeted royal couple

Thursday 1 December 2022 17:01 , Oliver O'Connell

Despite reporting that Caroline Kennedy, US Ambassador to Australia and daughter of President John F Kennedy, had failed to show up to greet the Prince and Princess of Wales, she did manage to make it to the Boston Celtics game to greet the royal couple.

A rainstorm had disrupted her travel plans causing an unexpected delay. Later in the trip she will give them a tour of her father’s presidential library.

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The timing of Harry & Meghan’s Netflix trailer is so perfect, it almost seems deliberate

Thursday 1 December 2022 17:13 , Oliver O'Connell

In a new comment piece, The Independent’s Louis Chilton writes:

“Netflix’s documentary has long been teased as Harry and Meghan’s defiant rebuke to the suffocating influence of The Firm. But other than a few juicy specifics, it is unlikely to tell us too much more than what she has already disclosed, and what we should already know to be true. (Reports surfaced, for instance, that Harry and Meghan had sought to soften some of the documentary’s revelations out of respect for the Queen’s death).

“What it will do is chip away at the wall of impunity that has always surrounded the royals, piece by piece.”

Read more:

The timing of Harry & Meghan’s Netflix trailer is so perfect, it seems deliberate

William and Kate meet Boston’s own King’s Guard

Thursday 1 December 2022 17:20 , Oliver O'Connell

A little boy dressed as one of the King’s Guard from Buckingham Palace greeted the Prince and Princess of Wales this morning as they left their first engagement of the day.

Henry Dynov-Teixeira shook hands with the royal couple and presented Kate with a bouquet.

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Charity boss says her authentic African attire led to ‘attack’ from palace aide

Thursday 1 December 2022 17:30 , Megan Sheets

The Black charity boss at the centre of the latest royal racism row has said she felt her Rastafarian pride was under attack at the Buckingham Palace event that she almost didn’t attend because of the British Empire’s links to slavery.

Ngozi Fulani described her “auction block moment” — a reference to her enslaved African ancestors who were bought and sold from auction blocks by imperialists — prior to attending a Violence Against Women and Girls reception hosted by Camilla, the Queen Consort, on Tuesday.

Read Nadine White’s full report:

Charity boss says her authentic African attire led to ‘attack’ from palace aide

Fans divided over timing of trailer release for ‘Harry & Meghan’ Netflix docuseries

Thursday 1 December 2022 17:49 , Oliver O'Connell

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have divided fans with the timing of the release of the first trailer for their tell-all Netflix docuseries.

On Thursday, Netflix released a first look at the forthcoming series, Harry & Meghan. The six-episode docuseries is expected to air on 8 December and will “share the other side” of the couple’s story.

Although it’s been reported that the couple’s highly anticipated docuseries would be airing in December, the timing of the first trailer is poignant.

Chelsea Ritschel explains.

Harry and Meghan divide fans with ‘petty’ timing of Netflix docuseries trailer

ICYMI: Chants of ‘USA’ as William and Kate attend Celtics game

Thursday 1 December 2022 18:08 , Oliver O'Connell

The Prince and Princess of Wales attended a Boston Celtics game against the Miami Heat at Boston’s TD Garden arena on Wednesday.

The royal couple were seated courtside and were spotted cheering the match. They were joined by Massachusetts governor-elect Maura Healey and Boston mayor Michelle Wu.

William and Kate met with boos and chants at Celtics game in Boston

More from last night’s Celtics game

Thursday 1 December 2022 18:18 , Oliver O'Connell

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Flirty ping pong Invictus Games promo praised by Harry and Meghan fans

Thursday 1 December 2022 18:27 , Oliver O'Connell

Fans have praised Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for a seemingly flirty interaction in a new promotional ad for the 2023 Invictus Games.

On Wednesday, the Invictus Games shared a black and white video for the upcoming event, which will take place in Düsseldorf, Germany from 9-16 September, on Instagram.

Amber Raiken reports.

Fans praise Meghan and Harry for flirty ping pong Invictus Games promo

What’s on the agenda for William and Kate today?

Thursday 1 December 2022 18:46 , Oliver O'Connell

Chelsea Ritschel reports on today’s royal schedule.

Where are Prince William and Kate visiting today?

Excited crowds greet royal couple in Chelsea, Massachusetts

Thursday 1 December 2022 19:05 , Oliver O'Connell

The Prince and Princess of Wales visited Roca, a non-profit organisation focusing on high-risk young people in Chelsea, Massachusetts, this lunchtime.

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Roca’s mission is to be a relentless force in disrupting incarceration, poverty, and racism by engaging the young adults, police, and systems at the center of urban violence in relationships to address trauma, find hope and drive change.

Excited crowds awaited William and Kate outside the organisation.

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All of the recent racism rows to hit Buckingham Palace

Thursday 1 December 2022 19:24 , Oliver O'Connell

The scandal over Lady Susan Hussey’s racially offensive questions is not the first time Buckingham Palace has been embroiled in a racism scandal.

What are the racism rows to hit Buckingham Palace in recent years?

In pictures: Prince and princess visit Roca, a non-profit helping high-risk youths

Thursday 1 December 2022 19:43 , Oliver O'Connell

Prince William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales, meet with Molly Baldwin (L) founder of Roca and Chelsea Police Captain Dave Batchelor (R) (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Prince William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales, meet with Molly Baldwin (L) founder of Roca and Chelsea Police Captain Dave Batchelor (R) (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Roca is a non-profit organisation focusing on high-risk young people between the ages of 16-24 years old at the centre of urban violence (PA)
Roca is a non-profit organisation focusing on high-risk young people between the ages of 16-24 years old at the centre of urban violence (PA)
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Roca aims to reduce levels of trauma, violence and incarceration, create sustained employment, and improve parenting (PA)
Roca aims to reduce levels of trauma, violence and incarceration, create sustained employment, and improve parenting (PA)

Harry and Meghan Netflix trailer reveals never-before-seen photos of couple

Thursday 1 December 2022 20:02 , Oliver O'Connell

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released a trailer for their forthcoming Netflix docuseries, which includes candid photographs the public have never seen before.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will reveal the “other side of their high-profile love story” in the six-part series Harry & Meghan.

Kate Ng has the story.

Prince Harry and Meghan reveal never-before-seen photographs in new Netflix trailer

What did Lady Hussey say to spark Palace racism scandal?

Thursday 1 December 2022 20:21 , Oliver O'Connell

Lady Susan Hussey, a former lady-in-waiting to the late Queen Elizabeth II, has been forced to resign from her role as a royal aide at Buckingham Palace after a Black charity boss accused her of making racist marks at a reception held by the Queen Consort.

But what did she say?

What did Lady Hussey say to Ngozi Fulani in royal race row?

Royal couple share ‘adorable’ moment with boy dressed in Royal Guard uniform

Thursday 1 December 2022 20:40 , Oliver O'Connell

The Prince and Princess of Wales have expressed their gratitude to an eight-year-old boy who dressed as one of Buckingham Palace’s Royal Guards to greet them during their tour of Boston.

William and Kate are said to have loved the costume, as Chelsea Ritschel reports.

William and Kate share ‘adorable’ moment with boy dressed in Royal Guard uniform

Prime minister says ‘racism must be confronted’ after Palace scandal

Thursday 1 December 2022 20:59 , Oliver O'Connell

Rishi Sunak has said racism must be confronted “whenever we see” following the race row engulfing Buckingham Palace.

Adam Forrest reports on what the prime minister has said about the matter.

Rishi Sunak says ‘racism must be confronted’ after royal family row

In pictures: Boston crowd meets the Waleses

Thursday 1 December 2022 21:18 , Oliver O'Connell

Catherine, Princess of Wales and Prince William, Prince of Wales during a visit to Roca, a non-profit organisation focusing on high-risk young people (WireImage)
Catherine, Princess of Wales and Prince William, Prince of Wales during a visit to Roca, a non-profit organisation focusing on high-risk young people (WireImage)
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William and Kate shown how Boston is coping with rising sea levels

Thursday 1 December 2022 21:37 , Oliver O'Connell

The Prince and Princess of Wales’s final afternoon engagement involved learning about the significant climate challenges that Boston faces. William and Kate have travelled to east Boston to see the changing face of the city’s shoreline as it contends with rising sea levels.

Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales speak with Mayor Michelle Wu and Reverend Mariama White-Hammond as they visit east Boston to see the changing face of Boston's shoreline (Getty Images)
Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales speak with Mayor Michelle Wu and Reverend Mariama White-Hammond as they visit east Boston to see the changing face of Boston's shoreline (Getty Images)

At Piers Park, the royal couple are being shown the past, present, and future of Boston’s waterfront as guests of Mayor Michelle Wu. They are joined by representatives from key environmental organisations including Boston Harbor Now, Stone Living Lab, the Trustees of Reservations, and The Harborkeepers.

Innovative climate resilience solutions are being deployed to protect East Boston, an environmental justice community, from rising sea levels. Members of the community shared their experiences of the neighbourhood’s vulnerability to climate change-caused flooding and storm surges.

Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales visit the Harbour Defenses of Boston, Massachusetts, on 1 December 2022. (REUTERS)
Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales visit the Harbour Defenses of Boston, Massachusetts, on 1 December 2022. (REUTERS)

One aspect that will be highlighted to the prince and princess will be how transformative projects along the shoreline can best mitigate the risks of climate change while promoting equity among the diverse residents of east Boston.

Boston Harbor Now’s Stone Living Lab, which researches and tests nature-based ecological restoration solutions around Boston’s waterfront, is announcing an ambitious collaboration with Earthshot 2021 Finalist, Living Seawalls.

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(Getty Images)

The company designs panels that mimic natural habitat formations like rock pools and mangrove roots that can be fitted to new or existing waterfront infrastructure to promote marine biodiversity. Two sites along Boston Harbor will have such panels installed in the coming months.

Kate and William’s photo in the rain compared to Harry and Meghan’s

Thursday 1 December 2022 21:56 , Oliver O'Connell

As Prince William and Kate Middleton are currently on their trip to Boston, fans are comparing the couple’s latest photo to an old image of William’s brother, Prince Harry, and his wife, Meghan Markle, posing in the rain.

Amber Raiken has the story.

Fans compare William and Kate’s rain photo to Harry and Meghan’s umbrella picture

Americans or Brits? Who actually cares more about the royals?

Thursday 1 December 2022 22:22 , Oliver O'Connell

An estimated 23 million Americans tuned in for the royal wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales, only for them to be booed at a Boston Celtics game. Meredith Clark writes about whether US fascination with the British royal family has come to an end.

Who actually cares more about the royals - Americans or Brits?

Who protects royals when they visit the US?

Thursday 1 December 2022 22:43 , Oliver O'Connell

When the royal family travels overseas, security is the top priority, and planning will have started months out from the Prince and Princess of Wales’s trip to Boston.

But who protects the royal couple during a visit to the US?

Who is protecting the Prince and Princess of Wales when they visit Boston?

Prince and princess soldier on with climate tour despite Netflix bombshell and palace racism row

Thursday 1 December 2022 23:04 , Oliver O'Connell

William and Kate strived today to turn the spotlight back onto the overarching crisis of climate change, and away from the latest round of royal scandals which threatened to engulf their first overseas tour since the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

From the moment the Prince and Princess of Wales touched down in Boston on Wednesday, their trip has been overshadowed by a new racism scandal out of Buckingham Palace, followed by Netflix’s slickly-timed drop of Prince Harry and Meghan’s Netflix show teaser.

Louise Boyle, senior climate correspondent for The Independent, reports on how the royal couple soldiered on with their planned engagements in Boston.

William and Kate soldier on with climate tour after Harry and Meghan Netflix launch

Biden to greet Kate and William on Friday, White House says

Thursday 1 December 2022 23:30 , Oliver O'Connell

There has been much speculation as to whether the Prince and Princess of Wales will be seeing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, on their trip to the US.

However, William and Kate have another meeting on the cards during their visit.

Are William and Kate meeting Joe Biden during their US visit?

Royal aide embroiled in racism row ‘said Harry and Meghan marriage would end in tears’

Friday 2 December 2022 00:30 , Oliver O'Connell

The late Queen’s lady-in-waiting, who has resigned and apologised for “unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments” made to a Black advocate for survivors of domestic abuse, once reportedly advised Meghan Markle.

Chelsea Ritschel has the details.

Royal aide embroiled in race row ‘said Harry and Meghan marriage would end in tears’

Racist interaction with prince’s godmother constitutes ‘an abuse'

Friday 2 December 2022 02:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Domestic abuse campaigner Ngozi Fulani has claimed that the racist interaction between royal aide Lady Susan Hussey and her was a “form of abuse”.

The Black charity founder told broadcasters on Thursday morning (1 December) that while the Prince of Wales’ godmother did not carry out any “physical violence”, her actions constitute “an abuse”.

Kate Ng has the story.

Ngozi Fulani says racism she experienced from Lady Hussey was ‘abuse’

William and Kate met with chants of ‘USA’ at Celtics game

Friday 2 December 2022 03:30 , Oliver O'Connell

The Prince and Princess of Wales attended a Boston Celtics game against the Miami Heat at Boston’s TD Garden arena on Wednesday.

The royal couple were seated courtside and were spotted cheering the match. They were joined by Massachusetts governor-elect Maura Healey and Boston mayor Michelle Wu.

William and Kate met with boos and chants at Celtics game in Boston

As the couple’s presence was announced and their faces shown on the giant screen, chants of “USA, USA” rang out from the crowd. Boos could also be heard.

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Welcome to Boston indeed.

Everything we know and ‘Harry & Meghan’ on Netflix

Friday 2 December 2022 04:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Netflix has released the first trailer for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s exclusive documentary series.

Here’s what we know so far:

Prince Harry says he ‘had to do everything to protect my family’ in Netflix tell-all

What other racism rows have hit Buckingham Palace in recent years?

Friday 2 December 2022 05:30 , Oliver O'Connell

The scandal around Lady Susan Hussey’s interaction with Ngozi Fulani is not the first time the Palace has been embroiled in a racism scandal, writes Zoe Tidman.

What are the racism rows to hit Buckingham Palace in recent years?

Comment: Timing so perfect, it almost seems deliberate

Friday 2 December 2022 06:30 , Oliver O'Connell

The first teaser for the much-hyped new documentary has dropped amid one of the biggest racism scandals the royal family has ever faced. Meghan Markle has been vindicated, writes Louis Chilton – and this time, people may have no choice but to listen to what she says.

The timing of Harry & Meghan’s Netflix trailer is so perfect, it seems deliberate

William and Kate share ‘adorable’ moment with boy dressed as Royal Guard

Friday 2 December 2022 07:00 , Oliver O'Connell

The Prince and Princess of Wales have expressed their gratitude to an eight-year-old boy who dressed as one of Buckingham Palace’s Royal Guards to greet them during their tour of Boston.

Chelsea Ritschel has the story.

William and Kate share ‘adorable’ moment with boy dressed in Royal Guard uniform

William and Kate shown how Boston is coping with rising sea levels

Friday 2 December 2022 07:30 , Oliver O'Connell

The Prince and Princess of Wales’s final afternoon engagement on Thursday involved learning about the significant climate challenges that Boston faces. William and Kate travelled to east Boston to see the changing face of the city’s shoreline as it contends with rising sea levels.

Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales speak with Mayor Michelle Wu and Reverend Mariama White-Hammond as they visit east Boston to see the changing face of Boston's shoreline (Getty Images)
Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales speak with Mayor Michelle Wu and Reverend Mariama White-Hammond as they visit east Boston to see the changing face of Boston's shoreline (Getty Images)

At Piers Park, the royal couple are being shown the past, present, and future of Boston’s waterfront as guests of Mayor Michelle Wu. They are joined by representatives from key environmental organisations including Boston Harbor Now, Stone Living Lab, the Trustees of Reservations, and The Harborkeepers.

Innovative climate resilience solutions are being deployed to protect East Boston, an environmental justice community, from rising sea levels. Members of the community shared their experiences of the neighbourhood’s vulnerability to climate change-caused flooding and storm surges.

Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales visit the Harbour Defenses of Boston, Massachusetts, on 1 December 2022. (REUTERS)
Prince William and Catherine, Princess of Wales visit the Harbour Defenses of Boston, Massachusetts, on 1 December 2022. (REUTERS)

One aspect that was highlighted to the prince and princess is how transformative projects along the shoreline can best mitigate the risks of climate change while promoting equity among the diverse residents of east Boston.

Boston Harbor Now’s Stone Living Lab, which researches and tests nature-based ecological restoration solutions around Boston’s waterfront, is announcing an ambitious collaboration with Earthshot 2021 Finalist, Living Seawalls.

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

The company designs panels that mimic natural habitat formations like rock pools and mangrove roots that can be fitted to new or existing waterfront infrastructure to promote marine biodiversity. Two sites along Boston Harbor will have such panels installed in the coming months.

Fans divided over timing of ‘Harry & Megan’ trailer

Friday 2 December 2022 08:00 , Oliver O'Connell

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have divided fans with the timing of the release of the first trailer for their tell-all Netflix docuseries.

On Thursday, Netflix released a first look at the forthcoming series, Harry & Meghan. This coincided with a race scandal at the Palace and the Prince and Princess of Wales’s first foreign tour since being bestowed with their new titles.

Chelsea Ritschel reports.

Harry and Meghan divide fans with ‘petty’ timing of Netflix docuseries trailer

Prince and princess soldier on with climate tour despite Netflix bombshell and palace racism row

Friday 2 December 2022 08:30 , Oliver O'Connell

William and Kate strived today to turn the spotlight back onto the overarching crisis of climate change, and away from the latest round of royal scandals which threatened to engulf their first overseas tour since the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

From the moment the Prince and Princess of Wales touched down in Boston on Wednesday, their trip has been overshadowed by a new racism scandal out of Buckingham Palace, followed by Netflix’s slickly-timed drop of Prince Harry and Meghan’s Netflix show teaser.

Louise Boyle, senior climate correspondent for The Independent, reports on how the royal couple soldiered on with their planned engagements in Boston.

William and Kate soldier on with climate tour after Harry and Meghan Netflix launch

Americans or Brits? Who actually cares more about the royals?

Friday 2 December 2022 09:00 , Oliver O'Connell

An estimated 23 million Americans tuned in for the royal wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales, only for them to be booed at a Boston Celtics game. Meredith Clark writes about whether US fascination with the British royal family has come to an end

Who actually cares more about the royals - Americans or Brits?

What is the Earthshot Prize?

Friday 2 December 2022 10:20 , Peony Hirwani

The Earthshot Prize is awarded to five winners each year for their contributions to environmentalism. It was founded by the Prince of Wales to inspire a new generation of climate innovators.

The first prize was awarded in 2021 and is planned to run annually until 2030.

Each winner receives a grant of £1 million to continue their environmental work.

Who is performing at the Earthshot Prize ceremony this year?

Friday 2 December 2022 11:00 , Peony Hirwani

Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas are among the stars who will perform at this year’s Earthshot prize.

Alongside the sister-brother duo, performances will come from the likes of Chloe x Halle, Annie Lennox and Ellie Goulding.

Megan Graye has more details.

Who’s performing at the Earthshot Prize 2022?

Climate expert praises William and Kate after chat in Boston

Friday 2 December 2022 11:30 , Peony Hirwani

Prince William and Kate were praised for their grasp of climate issues by climate expert Joe Christo, who met with the royal couple on Thursday (1 December) during their tour of Boston.

“I’ve lived in Boston for a lot of my life and it was just cold, windy and blustery,” Mr Christo told The Independent. “But Prince William and Princess Kate were hardy, they did a great job. They had a great conversation with us.”

Louise Boyle reports.

Climate expert praises ‘hardy’ William and Kate after chat in wintry Boston

Princess Kate’s best fashion moments from US royal visit

Friday 2 December 2022 12:00 , Peony Hirwani

Prince William and Princess Kate attend Boston Celtics game during US tour

Friday 2 December 2022 13:00 , Peony Hirwani

Biden to meet William and Kate in Boston

Friday 2 December 2022 14:00 , Gustaf Kilander

US President Joe Biden is set to meet William and Kate in Boston as they visit the US for the first time in eight years.

“The president intends to greet the Prince and Princess of Wales when he is in Boston,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Wednesday.

The royals’ press team also confirmed that the meeting would occur.

Mr Biden’s schedule indicated that the meeting would take place at the John F Kennedy Library and Museum.

Ms Jean-Pierre said the White House was “still finalizing and working through the details” and didn’t go into further detail about the meeting.

The administration previously announced that Mr Biden would be in the city to attend a Democratic fundraiser.

William and Kate are in the US to attend the Earthshot Prize Ceremony, which gives $1m to projects aiming to solve climate problems by 2030.

“Like President Kennedy, Catherine and I firmly believe that we all have it in ourselves to achieve great things and that human beings have the ability to lead, innovate and problem solve,” William said at Boston City Hall.

PHOTOS: William and Kate visit social services organisation in Boston

Friday 2 December 2022 15:00 , Gustaf Kilander

Britain's Prince William, and Kate, Princess of Wales visit Roca on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, in Chelsea, Ma (AP)
Britain's Prince William, and Kate, Princess of Wales visit Roca on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, in Chelsea, Ma (AP)
Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales, engages with 16-month-old Sofia during a visit to Roca Inc, an organization working to reduce urban violence through community engagement efforts, in Chelsea, Massachusetts, on December 1, 2022 (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales, engages with 16-month-old Sofia during a visit to Roca Inc, an organization working to reduce urban violence through community engagement efforts, in Chelsea, Massachusetts, on December 1, 2022 (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain’s Prince William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales, engage with children in the Young Mothers program during a visit to Roca Inc (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain’s Prince William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales, engage with children in the Young Mothers program during a visit to Roca Inc (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Sources close to William and Kate nickname Harry and Meaghan ‘the Kardashians'

Friday 2 December 2022 15:45 , Gustaf Kilander

Sources close to Prince William and Princess Kate have nicknamed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “the Kardashians” in a sharp response to the trailer for their new Netflix documentary series. 

The Times report that “royal insiders” believe that Harry and Meaghan “deliberately torpedoed” William and Kate’s visit to the US by allowing the streaming giant to release the first look of the documentary during the US visit.

According to the paper, William and Kate’s trip was “derailed for the second day running by external events”.

On Wednesday, the big royal news story was the resignation of royal household member Lady Susan Hussey following her “unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments” to a Black charity boss.

Harry and Meaghan ‘want all the attention they can possibly get'

Friday 2 December 2022 16:15 , Gustaf Kilander

A source close to William and Kate told The Times that Harry and Meaghan had been nicknamed “the Kardashians” because “they want all the attention they can possibly get”.

“They are two people who are accepting awards for themselves, talking about themselves, doing programmes about themselves,” the source said, adding that William and Kate are “active members of the royal family who have a job to shine a spotlight on other people, give awards to other people. That’s the contrast”.

William and Kate source says Harry and Meaghan’s timing of trailer release was ‘definitely deliberate'

Friday 2 December 2022 16:45 , Gustaf Kilander

One source close to William and Kate told The Times that the timing of Harry and Meaghan’s documentary trailer release was “definitely deliberate, without any question. But not at all unexpected”.

The paper reported that the feeling among the group surrounding William and Kate was “one of resignation, even amusement, rather than anger”.

A source told the Daily Mail that it was “hard not to make the comparison” to the Kardashians.

“One can only conclude this is a concerted publicity drive on their behalf to stoke up interest in this documentary and is designed to clash with the Wales’ visit this week,” another source told The Mail. 

“The prince and princess’ high-profile trip to the States to shine a light on community projects in Boston and the environmental crisis is being apparently used as a platform for the Sussexes to create the drama and attention they so clearly crave on a personal level, as well as content for the multi-million dollar deal they have signed since quitting as working royals,” the source added. “While the Waleses will carry on with their duties, Team Sussex appears determined to remind America of their own ‘compassionate activism’—one lucrative contract at a time.”

‘I had to do everything I could to protect my family,’ Harry says in documentary trailer

Friday 2 December 2022 17:15 , Gustaf Kilander

The Telegraph reported a source close to William and Kate as saying that “you can see the contrast between the royals focusing attention on the communities of Boston and the Earthshot Prize, and others busy talking about themselves and making money”.

In the trailer for Harry and Meaghan’s new Netflix documentary series, Harry says “I had to do everything I could to protect my family”.

According to The Daily Beast, Netflix issued a statement saying that “Harry & Meghan is an unprecedented six-part documentary series that explores the span of their relationship, from the early days of the couple’s courtship to the challenges and controversies that prompted them to step back from the royal family”.

In pictures: The Princess of Wales visits Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Friday 2 December 2022 18:00 , Gustaf Kilander

Kate, Princess of Wales visits the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Friday, Dec. 2 2022 (AP)
Kate, Princess of Wales visits the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Friday, Dec. 2 2022 (AP)
The Princess of Wales signs the visitors book during a visit to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Boston, Massachusetts (PA)
The Princess of Wales signs the visitors book during a visit to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Boston, Massachusetts (PA)
The Princess of Wales during a visit to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Boston, Massachusetts (PA)
The Princess of Wales during a visit to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Boston, Massachusetts (PA)
The Princess of Wales during a visit to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Boston, Massachusetts (PA)
The Princess of Wales during a visit to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Boston, Massachusetts (PA)

Prince William, like his father, prioritizes the environment

Friday 2 December 2022 19:00 , The Associated Press

Prince William became heir apparent less than three months ago, but he has already been crowned Britain’s chief environmentalist.

On a three-day trip to Boston with Kate, the Princess of Wales, William is drawing praise for his efforts to draw attention to pollution and climate change and the need to scale up solutions to address them. Those efforts will culminate Friday evening, when the five winners of the royal couple’s Earthshot Prize for environmental innovators will be announced.

“I just appreciate that they are using platform and publicity to bring attention to meaningful climate work,” said Joe Christo, managing director of Stone Living Lab, which researches nature-based approaches to climate adaptation and was among those who met the royal couple at Boston Harbor on Thursday.

“I do know his dad is a big environmentalist,” he said. “He seems to be doing a great job continuing that legacy.”

The Earthshot Prize offers 1 million pounds ($1.2 million) in prize money to each of the winners of five separate categories: nature protection, clean air, ocean revival, waste elimination and climate change. The winners and all 15 finalists also receive help in expanding their projects to meet global demand.

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In pictures: Biden flies to Boston to meet royals and attend Democratic fundraiser

Friday 2 December 2022 19:39 , Gustaf Kilander

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Princess of Wales greets American public at Harvard University

Friday 2 December 2022 20:00 , Gustaf Kilander

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In pictures: Prince of Wales visits JFK Library with Caroline Kennedy

Friday 2 December 2022 21:00 , Gustaf Kilander

Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales, and U.S. Ambassador to Australia Caroline Kennedy, daughter of late U.S. President Kennedy, visit the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., December 2, 2022 (REUTERS)
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William meets with Joe Biden in Boston

Friday 2 December 2022 21:11 , Graeme Massie

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Friday 2 December 2022 22:00 , Meredith Clark

Guests have begun arriving at the 2022 Earthshot Prize ceremony in Boston.

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Bohemian Rhapsody actor Rami Malek and Republican Senator Mitt Romney are among some of the famous faces at the event.

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Friday 2 December 2022 22:04 , Meredith Clark

The Prince and Princess of Wales arrive at Earthshot Prize 2022 ceremony at Boston’s MGM Music Hall.

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Friday 2 December 2022 22:11 , Meredith Clark

Prince and Princess of Wales walk the Earthshot Prize green carpet during culmination of their three-day trip to the US

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Friday 2 December 2022 22:48 , Meredith Clark

David Beckham attends the 2022 Earthshot Prize awards ceremony.

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Meghan Markle seen boarding private jet after William and Kate flew commercial to climate change event

Friday 2 December 2022 23:00 , Oliver O’Connell, Johanna Chisholm

Meghan Markle has been seen boarding a private jet in Indianapolis after appearing at a female empowerment event in the city.

Fox News Digital obtained video footage of the Duchess of Sussex arriving outside a hanger before boarding the aircraft.

Both the duchess and her husband Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, are vocal environmental activists and have proclaimed through Archewell, the organisation they founded, that they will achieve net-zero emissions by the end of the decade.

The duke’s brother and sister-in-law, Prince William and his wife Kate, are currently in Boston for the Earthshot Prize awards which encourage innovation in sustainability and tackling climate change.

The Prince and Princess of Wales made headlines of their own when they flew to the US from London and were pictured flying on a commercial British Airways flight.

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Meghan Markle boards private jet after William and Kate flew commercial to Boston

Friday 2 December 2022 23:14 , Meredith Clark

The Princess of Wales wore a rented mint green gown to the climate event.

The royal rented the off-the-shoulder dress from Solace London using rental platform HURR - which charges between $91 (£74) and $238 (£194) to loan the gown.

Princess Kate also donned an emerald and diamond choker necklace that once belonged to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.

Princess Kate stuns in off-the-shoulder green gown at 2022 Earthshot Prize

Friday 2 December 2022 23:30 , Meredith Clark

WATCH: William and Kate join David Beckham and other celebrities on Earthshot Prize ‘green carpet’

Friday 2 December 2022 23:49 , Meredith Clark

Earthshot Prize announces winners of $1m fund to tackle climate change.

Awards were decided across five categories - Protect and Restore Nature; Clean our Air; Revive our Oceans; Build a Waste-free World; and Fix our Climate.

Among the winners was Notpla, a London-based startup which created a green alternative to plastic packaging from seaweed.

Other winners included a Kenyan startup, Mukuru Clean Stoves, which provides cleaner-burning stoves to women to reduce indoor pollution; a women-led, Indigenous program in Australia which uses traditional knowledge and digital technology to protect the Great Barrier Reef; and an Oman-based company which turns planet-heating carbon into rock and permanently store it underground.

Read more about the winners of the $1m Earthshot Prize here.

Startup to replace plastic with seaweed wins Prince William’s $1m climate prize

William and Kate pictured at rehearsals for Earthshot Prize awards ceremony

Saturday 3 December 2022 00:00 , Toby Jones

The Prince and Princess of Wales have been pictured behind the scenes during rehearsals for the Earthshot Prize being staged in the US city of Boston.

William’s environmental awards will see singer Billie Eilish lead a stellar entertainment line-up during a ceremony – dubbed the prince’s “world cup” moment – that aims to celebrate and scale up environmental solutions to repair the planet.

Former England and Manchester United footballer David Beckham will present one of the five awards, with each category winner receiving £1 million to develop their project.

Ahead of the event being staged on Friday evening at the MGM Music Hall at Fenway, the prince is due to meet US President Joe Biden.

But the couple’s three-day trip to Boston, which ends on Friday, has been overshadowed by the race row that saw William’s godmother Lady Susan Hussey resign as a royal aide after she repeatedly questioned a prominent black British-born domestic abuse charity boss about where she “really came from”.

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William and Kate pictured at rehearsals for Earthshot Prize awards ceremony

Saturday 3 December 2022 00:30 , Meredith Clark

Ahead of the Earthshot Prize ceremony, Prince William’s meeting in Boston with US president Joe Biden was met with around 100 protesters hurling abuse at the two men.

The protesters could be heard shouting abusive slogans such as “F*** the royal family” and “Joe Biden is a scab” as the men met at the John F Kennedy Presidential Library in the city.

The protest came after a vote in the US Senate that overrided rail union complaints and rejected giving workers seven days of sick leave.

Prince William and Biden’s Boston meeting encounters rail worker protests

Saturday 3 December 2022 00:55 , Meredith Clark

Graham Norton skewers Prince William’s godmother over racism scandal

Graham Norton took aim at the royal family during the opening of his show on Friday when he showed the audience a photo of the Prince and Princess of Wales attending a Boston Celtics basketball game.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled and fascinated if I were Prince William looking at a basketball,” Norton said in front of the photo, which showed William looking perplexed at the ball.

“Has he never seen one before? It’s like his godmother talking to a Black person,” Norton joked, in reference to the palace’s recent racism scandal involving Lady Susan Hussey, who repeatedly challenged charity founder Ngozi Fulani about where she came from after she told her she was British.

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Saturday 3 December 2022 01:30 , Meredith Clark

The Princess of Wales wore Princess Diana’s emerald and choker necklace to the Earthshot Prize awards in a moment people are calling the “revenge choker”.

The choker, which is believed to be worth more than $15m, was given to Diana by the Queen who inherited it herself from her grandmother, Queen Mary.

The diamond and emerald choker was last worn by Diana on her 36th birthday.

Royal fans on social media have dubbed Kate’s jewelry choice her “revenge choker,” considering Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released the trailer for their Netflix docuseries, Harry & Meghan, just one day prior.

Kate wears Princess Diana’s emerald choker to Earthshot Prize: ‘The revenge choker’

Saturday 3 December 2022 02:00 , Meredith Clark

Prince William and Princess Kate chat with celebrities inside the Earthshot Prize ceremony in Boston.

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Saturday 3 December 2022 02:30 , Meredith Clark

The New York Times interviewed Bostonians about Prince William and Princess Kate’s trip to the city, and social media is less than surprised by their unenthusaistic reactions.

“I said to my wife this morning, ‘I put my pants on the same way he does – why is he so special?’” said one Boston local about Prince William.

“I can’t talk about them because I’ll get mad,” another Dorchester woman said.

One woman waiting for her order at typical Boston Dunkin’ declined to talk to a reporter, until she asked what the story was about. When they informed her the story was about William and Kate’s trip to Boston, she said: “Don’t care.”

“The quotes from this article about how little people in Boston care about Will and Kate’s royal visit there are sending me,” tweeted one user.

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“Boston doesn’t care for the royals? Ya don’t say,” said someone else.

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New York Times writes ‘unsurprising’ report on Boston reaction to William, Kate visit

How green is William and Kate’s Boston royal tour?

Saturday 3 December 2022 03:00 , Meredith Clark

The third and final day of William and Kate’s visit to Boston will culminate in the glitzy Earthshot awards ceremony this evening with $1.2million prizes going to a new generation of innovators to help scale their climate-fighting solutions.

Among the finalists are a company which captures planet-heating carbon emissions and stores them in rocks; one which replaces wasteful plastic packaging with a seaweed alternative, and a “greenhouse-in-a-box” concept for smallhold farmers.

But how does the royal tour’s own eco-credentials shape up?

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New role gives William opportunity to speak out on the environment

Saturday 3 December 2022 04:00 , Meredith Clark

Now that he is king, Charles is expected to be more careful with his words and must stay out of politics and government policy, in accordance with the traditions of Britain’s constitutional monarchy. This year, he did not attend the U.N. climate conference in Egypt.

The caution presents an opportunity for William to step into that role as the royal family’s environmental advocate and speak more forcefully about the issues once associated with his father.

There is no better example than the Earthshot Prize.

“It’s a huge deal to Prince William,” Joe Little, the managing editor of Majesty Magazine. “He knows he can attract attention from the most important people. That really is the core of the Boston trip.”

After attending a welcome event Wednesday at City Hall and then a Boston Celtics game, the royal couple spent much of Thursday hearing about the threats of climate change and solutions in the works.

William: I want to supercharge Earthshot impact to inspire ‘despairing world’

Saturday 3 December 2022 05:00 , Meredith Clark

The Prince of Wales has declared he wants to “supercharge” the impact of his Earthshot Prize finalists to inspire a “despairing world” that there is a way forward.

William described himself as a “stubborn optimist” in an article published a few hours before the awards ceremony for his environmental prize, being staged in the US city of Boston, was due to begin.

Global star Billie Eilish will lead a stellar entertainment line-up during a ceremony – dubbed the prince’s “world cup” moment – that aims to celebrate and scale up environmental solutions to repair the planet.

Former England and Manchester United footballer David Beckham will present one of the five awards with each category winner receiving £1 million to develop their project.

Writing in the Huffington Post, the future King said about the finalists: “The Earthshot Prize wants to find the best of them. We want to celebrate and support them, so that we not only supercharge their positive impact but also demonstrate to a despairing world that there is an optimistic way forward.

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William and Kate sources nickname Meghan and Harry the ‘Kardashians’ in sharp response to Netflix trailer

Saturday 3 December 2022 06:00 , Meredith Clark

Sources close to Prince William and Princess Kate have apparently nicknamed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “the Kardashians” in a sharp response to the trailer for their new Netflix documentary series.

The Times report that “royal insiders” believe that Harry and Meghan “deliberately torpedoed” William and Kate’s visit to the US by allowing the streaming giant to release the first look of the documentary during the US visit.

William and Kate’s trip was “derailed for the second day running by external events,” the outlet said.

On Wednesday, the big royal news story was the resignation of royal household member Lady Susan Hussey following her “unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments” to a Black charity boss.

A source told The Times that Harry and Meghan had been nicknamed “the Kardashians” because “they want all the attention they can possibly get”.

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VOICES: Don’t excuse racism from old people – we’re not all like Lady Hussey

Saturday 3 December 2022 07:00 , Meredith Clark

The Independent’s recent story of the royal racism row over “unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments” made to a Black advocate for survivors of domestic abuse is both shocking and surprising.

The resignation of the late Queen’s lady-in-waiting, Lady Susan Hussey, over reported racist comments is not surprising. These sort of comments are completely unacceptable. The most extraordinary thing is the avalanche of ageism it has unleashed, with the hashtag #Shes83 trending on Twitter – that seems to have people assuming most older people are racist.

I’m in my seventies – and it is deeply offensive to classify people as having racist views just because they are old. At Action For Elders, our motto is #ThinkDifferentlyAboutAgeing and for many years we have fought very hard against age-related stereotypes.

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Opinion: Don’t excuse racism from old people – we’re not all like Lady Hussey

Joe Biden shakes hands with Prince William in Boston

Saturday 3 December 2022 07:30 , Sravasti Dasgupta

President Joe Biden vigorously shook hands with Prince William in their first official encounter since the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Joe Biden shakes hands with Prince William in Boston

Who are the five Earthshot Prize winners?

Saturday 3 December 2022 07:31 , Kate Ng

The Prince of Wales has named five winners for his prestigious Earthshot Prize.

Each winner will receive £1m to help them develop their innovation that Prince William believes will “overcome our planet’s greatest challenges”.

Here are the winners and what their solutions are:

Mukuru Clean Stoves, Kenya

This female-founded business produces stoves fired by process biomass made from charcoal, wood and sugarcane instead of solid fuels. According to the Earthshot Prize,t he latter can lead to air pollution and accidents that claim four million lives every year. The business was awarded the Earthshot Prize for the “Clean Our Air” category.

Kheyti, India

Greenhouse-in-a-Box, created by Kaushik Kappagantulu from India, helps small-hold farmers protect their crops from extreme weather and pests. India has been severely impacted by climate change. It was awarded the Earthshot Prize for the category “Protect and Restore Nature”.

Notpla, UK

A company called Notpla, founded by Pierre Paslier and Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez, has created a natural, biodegradable plastic made from seaweed. Notpla has made more than a million takeaway food boxes for food delivery platform Just Eat this year. They won the Earthshot Prize for the category “Built a Waste-free World”.

Australia

The Indigenous Women of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia run a programme that has trained more than 60 women in both traditional and digital ocean conservation methods. They won the Earthshot Prize for the category “Revive Our Oceans”.

44.01, Oman

Talal Hasan from Oman launched project 44.01, which aims to turn carbon dioxide into peridotite, a rock found in abundance in Oman and around the world. It offers a low-cost and safe alternative to traditional methods of storing carbon, which include burying it underground in disused oil wells. He won the Earthshot Prize fr the category “Fix Our Climate”.

Meghan and Harry fans hit out as William and Kate sources nickname them ‘the Kardashians’

Saturday 3 December 2022 08:00 , Meredith Clark

Fans have defended Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after sources close to Prince William and Kate Middleton nicknamed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “the Kardashians”.

On Friday,The Times reported that “royal insiders” believe that Harry and Meghan “deliberately torpedoed” the Prince and Princess of Wales’ trip to the US by allowing Netflix to release the trailer for their documentary series, Harry and Meghan.

The teaser came out on Thursday, while William and Kate have been in Boston for the Earthshot Prize Ceremony, which gives $1m to projects aiming to solve climate problems by 2030.

A source also told The Times that Harry and Meghan had been nicknamed “the Kardashians” because “they want all the attention they can possibly get”.

“They are two people who are accepting awards for themselves, talking about themselves, doing programmes about themselves,” the source claimed.

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Kate thanks fan who spent a thousand dollars to meet her for seconds in Boston

Saturday 3 December 2022 08:00 , Sravasti Dasgupta

The Princess of Wales thanked a woman who spent a thousand dollars travelling to meet the royal for a few seconds in Boston.

Allison Morgan, 37, who traveled from Williamsburg, Virginia, to see the couple, said: “She thanked us for coming out in the cold. It was worth every cent. I’m a huge fan of the royals. My mum was a fan of Diana and my grandmother a fan of the Queen. It is a family tradition.”

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Kate thanks fan who spent a thousand dollars to meet her for seconds in Boston

Princess Kate says Boston ‘has been so friendly’ despite NYT report

Saturday 3 December 2022 09:20 , Kate Ng

The New York Times may have found Bostonians to be indifferent to the royal couple’s visit, but the Princess of Wales had a very different experience during her walkabout.

Princess Kate was greeted by dozens of well-wishers after her visit to Harvard University and said everyone in the city “has been so friendly”.

Princess Kate says Boston ‘has been so friendly’ despite NYT report

Fans compare Prince William and Kate Middleton’s photo in rain to Harry and Meghan’s viral umbrella picture

Saturday 3 December 2022 10:20 , Kate Ng

Fans are comparing the Prince and Princess of Wales’ latest photo to an old image of William’s brother, Prince Harry, and his wife, Meghan Markle, posing in the rain.

The royal couple recently posted an image showing Wiliam with his back turned as he stands in front of the podium while it’s raining. His wife, who also had her back turned, could be seen standing behind him.

Amber Raiken has the details:

Fans compare William and Kate’s rain photo to Harry and Meghan’s umbrella picture

Meghan Markle seen boarding private jet after William and Kate flew commercial to climate change event

Saturday 3 December 2022 11:37 , Kate Ng

Meghan Markle has been seen boarding a private jet in Indianapolis after appearing at a female empowerment event in the city.

Both the Duchess of Sussex and her husband Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, are vocal environmental activists and have proclaimed through Archewell, the organisation they founded, that they will achieve net-zero emissions by the end of the decade.

It comes after the Prince and Princess of Wales flew comemrcial to Boston for the Earthshot Prize awards, which encourages innovation in sustainability and tackling climate change.

My colleagues Oliver O’Conneell and Johanna Chisholm report:

Meghan Markle boards private jet after William and Kate flew commercial to Boston

ICYMI: What are the racism rows to hit Buckingham Palace in recent years?

Saturday 3 December 2022 12:35 , Kate Ng

As Prince William and Kate Middleton prepare to return to the UK amid a racism scandal involving his godmother, Lady Susan Hussey, we take a closer look at similar rows to have hit Buckingham Palace in recent years.

Zoe Tidman draws back the curtain:

What are the racism rows to hit Buckingham Palace in recent years?

Graham Norton skewers Prince William’s godmother over Buckingham Palace racism scandal

Saturday 3 December 2022 13:30 , Kate Ng

Graham Norton took aim at the royal family during the opening of his eponymous chat show on Friday (2 December).

“I couldn’t be more thrilled and fascinated if I were Prince William looking at a basketball,” Norton said while showing a photo of Prince William looking perplexed at a basketball when he and Kate Middleton attended a recent basketball match in Boston, USA.

“Has he never seen one before?” He asked incredulously. “It’s like his godmother talking to a Black person.”

Tom Murray reports:

Graham Norton skewers Prince William’s godmother over racism scandal

OPINION: Is anyone really surprised by racist remarks at the palace?

Saturday 3 December 2022 14:34 , Kate Ng

What Lady Susan Hussey said to Ngozi Fulani didn’t shock The Independent’s Race Correspondent, Nadine White. Instead, she writes, “it reeks of the institution’s supremacy and privilege”.

Read her op-ed here:

Opinion: Is anyone really surprised by racist remarks at the palace?

Twitter calls out Earthshot Prize for flying celebrities to awards ceremony, but not the winners

Saturday 3 December 2022 15:30 , Kate Ng

Some people have called out the Earthshot Prize for having celebrities, as well as Prince William and Princess Kate, flown to Boston for the glitzy award ceremony - but not the winners.

The ceremony, which was attended by famous faces such as David Beckham, Ellie Goulding, Rami Malek, Chloe and Halle Bailey, and Annie Lennox, saw the five Earthshot Prize winners accepting their awards from their home countries via video link.

According to The Telegraph, the finalists were filmed on their home turf in order to “reduce the carbon footprint” of the event.

But social media users have criticised the royal couple and the event for not getting them to the event to accept their £1m prize in person. It is unclear if all the finalists were invited to do so or declined.

One person wrote: “So William and Kate flew in celebrities,but the actual recipients of the awards who actually do the work for the environment had to be on video?”

Another branded the awards ceremony a “complete waste of time” and a “vanity project” for the Prince and Princess of Wales. They added: “Where were the actual winners of this award?! Oh right, back home, not even invited to the ceremony that was supposedly celebrating their innovations. How insulting!”

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“How did all the ‘important’ people like William, Kate, Beckham etc get to this event? On their bicycles?” a third asked sarcastically.

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IN PICTURES: All the famous faces William and Kate met at the Earthshot Prize ceremony

Saturday 3 December 2022 16:30 , Kate Ng

The Earthshot Prize awards ceremony saw numerous celebrities and public figures descending on Boston to attend the glamorous events.

Take a look at who Prince William and Princess Kate met on Friday night.

Prince William, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Halle Bailey and Chloe Bailey attend The Earthshot Prize 2022 (Getty Images)
Prince William, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Halle Bailey and Chloe Bailey attend The Earthshot Prize 2022 (Getty Images)
President Joe Biden meets with Prince William at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston (AFP via Getty Images)
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William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales, talk with actor Rami Malek at the Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony (EPA)
William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales, talk with actor Rami Malek at the Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony (EPA)
Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales and Ellie Goulding attend The Earthshot Prize 2022 (Getty Images)
Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales and Ellie Goulding attend The Earthshot Prize 2022 (Getty Images)
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The Prince and Princess of Wales talk to David Beckham at the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony (PA)
The Prince and Princess of Wales talk to Annie Lennox at the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony (PA)
The Prince and Princess of Wales talk to Annie Lennox at the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony (PA)

Prince Harry dresses as Spider-Man in special charity Christmas message

Saturday 3 December 2022 17:30 , Kate Ng

The Duke of Sussex has dropped a surprise for bereaved military children for Christmas.

It comes after Netflix released the trailer for his and Meghan Markle’s forthcoming documentary.

See Prince Harry’s festive surprise:

Prince Harry dresses as Spider-Man in special charity Christmas message

ICYMI: Prince William and Biden’s Boston meeting encounters rail worker protests

Saturday 3 December 2022 18:30 , Kate Ng

Prince William’s meeting in Boston with US president Joe Biden saw around 100 protesters hurl abuse at the two men.

The protesters could be heard shouting abusive slogans such as “F*** the royal family” and “Joe Biden is a scab” as the men met at the John F Kennedy Presidential Library in the city.

Read Graeme Massie’s report here:

Prince William and Biden’s Boston meeting encounters rail worker protests