Royal news: William and Kate focus on climate in Boston despite race row and ‘Harry & Meghan’ trailer – live

Prince William and Kate carried out the second day of their US tour in Boston amid a royal racism row and the drop of a headline-grabbing trailer for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new Netflix documentary.

The Prince and Princess of Wales visited Greentown Labs, the US’s largest clean-tech incubator, then Roca, a non-profit that works to counter urban violence, before inspecting projects to mitigate rising sea levels.

Their climate change-focused schedule culminates with Friday’s Earthshot Prize awards — founded by the Prince of Wales to inspire a new generation of climate innovators.

The trip has been overshadowed by a racism scandal that erupted in the UK while they were en route to Boston. Prince William’s godmother, Lady Susan Hussey, was forced to resign as a Palace aide after making offensive remarks to a British charity boss. Ngozi Fulani, of Sistah Space, Britain’s leading domestic abuse charity for Black women, detailed a “traumatic” encounter in which she was asked what part of Africa she was from.

Then early on Thursday, Netflix released the first trailer for an exclusive documentary series in which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex tell their side of several tumultuous years in the public eye.

Key points of the royal visit so far

  • 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 responds to race row: ‘Racism has no place in society’

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

  • What is the Earthshot Prize and who will be attending?

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

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?

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

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

Who protects royals when they visit the US?

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?

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

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?

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

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

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

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.

 (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.

In pictures: Boston crowd meets the Waleses

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)
 (EPA)
(EPA)
 (PA)
(PA)
 (REUTERS)
(REUTERS)

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

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

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

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

What did Lady Hussey say to spark Palace racism scandal?

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?

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

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

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

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)
 (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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)

All of the recent racism rows to hit Buckingham Palace

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?

Excited crowds greet royal couple in Chelsea, Massachusetts

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.

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

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.

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)
 (AFP via Getty Images)
(AFP via Getty Images)

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

18:46 , Oliver O'Connell

Chelsea Ritschel reports on today’s royal schedule.

Where are Prince William and Kate visiting today?

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

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

More from last night’s Celtics game

18:18 , Oliver O'Connell

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.
This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

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

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

After rain delay, Caroline Kennedy greeted royal couple

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.

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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)

Black reverend speaks of ‘legacy of colonialism’ at Earthshot opening

16:00 , Megan Sheets

Moments before Prince William took the stage for his first event on a royal tour in Boston, a reverend asked audience members to “consider the legacy of colonialism and racism”.

The Prince and Princess of Wales touched down in the US on Wednesday morning, kicking off their first foreign trip since the death of Queen Elizabeth II and first visit to the North American country since 2014.

Before the pair had even begun engaging in official duties, however, the trip centred around an Earthshot Prize ceremony became ensnared by a racism scandal involving members of the couple’s family in an incident at Buckingham Palace.

Echoing the tension of that ongoing row were the remarks about colonialism’s lasting legacy made by Rev Mariama White-Hammond at Boston’s City Hall on Wednesday, said just before Prince William was set to take the stage.

“The ways it has impacted people across the world and its connection, its deep connection to the degradation of land and our planet that we are all seeking to reverse,” Rev White-Hammond, who is Boston’s chief of environment, energy and open space, said.

The Independent’s Johanna Chisholm has more:

Reverend speaks of ‘legacy of colonialism’ at William and Kate’s Earthshot event

What is the Earthshot Prize?

15:50 , Oliver O'Connell

Prince William’s annual Earthshot Prize awards ceremony will take place on Friday 2 December, rewarding five individuals or organisations for their contributions to environmentalism and promoting solutions to climate change.

Joe Sommerlad explains how the prize came about.

What is the Earthshot Prize and who will headline its awards ceremony?

Watch: William and Kate kick off Earthshot Prize celebrations in Boston

15:31 , Oliver O'Connell

The Prince and Princess of Wales have kicked off Earthshot Prize celebrations in Boston shortly after touching down in the US.

William and Kate attended the “Welcome to Earthshot” launch event at Boston City Hall.

The royal couple formally commenced the festivities by lighting up the hall, and other Boston landmarks, bright green.

Inspired by JFK’s “Moonshot,” the Earthshot Prize endeavours to “celebrate and scale” solutions to help “repair our planet.”

The second annual award ceremony will take place on Friday, 2 December.

William and Kate kick off Earthshot Prize celebrations in Boston

Will President Joe Biden meet with the prince and princess in Boston?

15:12 , 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?

Let’s talk about The Crown...

15:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Hi everyone, I’m Jessie Thompson, the arts editor for The Independent.

Whether you binge-watched it all straight away or have been slowly savouring it, the new season of The Crown on Netflix certainly needs some discussing.

I’m here to talk about everything that just went down on the Netflix show and the real-life stories behind it.

How true is it? What mistakes did Netflix make? Your burning questions about The Crown, answered live!

Join me over on Reddit and Ask Me Anything!

Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana in ‘The Crown' (Keith Bernstein/Netflix)
Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana in ‘The Crown' (Keith Bernstein/Netflix)

Watch: Ngozi Fulani says Palace has not reached out over Lady Hussey race incident

14:53 , Oliver O'Connell

Ngozi Fulani, a charity boss who was repeatedly asked where she was “really” from by Lady Susan Hussey, has said Buckingham Palace has not contacted her about the incident, despite the palace saying they had reached out.

The Sistah Space CEO had been invited to a Violence Against Women and Girls reception by the Queen Consort, where she says she was subject to an “interrogation” by Prince William’s godmother.

“We have reached out to Ngozi Fulani on this matter, and are inviting her to discuss all elements of her experience in person,” the palace said.

Buckingham Palace hasn’t reached out over Lady Hussey race row, Ngozi Fulani says

Watch: First teaser trailer for Netflix’s ‘Harry & Meghan'

14:42 , Oliver O'Connell

What’s on the schedule for the prince and princess today?

14:34 , Oliver O'Connell

William and Kate will visit a climate technology startup incubator and a non-profit aimed at addressing trauma caused by urban violence among other engagements on the first full day of their visit to Boston.

Chelsea Ritschel reports on the schedule for the Prince and Princess of Wales this week in Massachusetts.

Where are Prince William and Kate visiting today?

Chants of ‘USA’ as royal couple attend Boston Celtics game

14:15 , 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.

Sravasti Dasgupta reports.

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

Netflix drops trailer for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s docuseries amid royal racism row

13:06 , Kate Ng

The royal family are preparing to be rocked once again as Netflix has released the trailer for its six-part docuseries, Harry & Meghan.

The series will see the Duke and Duchess of Sussex telling the “other side of their high-profile love story”, featuring exclusive interviews and sit-downs with friends family who have “never spoken publicly before about what they witnessed”.

My colleague Nicole Vassell reports:

Netflix releases first look at Harry and Meghan documentary

What did Lady Hussey say?

12:30 , Kate Ng

What exactly did Lady Susan Hussey say to Black domestic abuse campaigner, Ngozi Fulani?

Joe Sommerlad has the details:

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

William and Kate light up Boston City Hall and landmarks

11:58 , Kate Ng

Prince William and Kate Middleton stood at the Speaker’s Corner outside Boston City Hall to begin the countdown to the Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony.

The prince and princess lit up the city hall and other landmarks across the city green to kick off the event, which takes place on Friday night (2 December).

The Prince and Princess of Wales, at Speaker's Corner outside City Hall, Boston (PA)
The Prince and Princess of Wales, at Speaker's Corner outside City Hall, Boston (PA)
The Princess of Wales, at Speaker's Corner outside City Hall, Boston (PA)
The Princess of Wales, at Speaker's Corner outside City Hall, Boston (PA)

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

10:24 , Kate Ng

The charity boss has claimed that the racist incident involving Lady Susan Hussey was a “form of abuse”

Find out more here.

Ngozi Fulani claims Lady Susan Hussey also touched her hair

09:38 , Kate Ng

Ngozi Fulani has said Lady Susan Hussey also touched her hair during the interaction at Buckingham Palace which resulted in the late Queen’s lady in waiting resigning from the household.

Fulani, of Sistah Space, told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “We support women of African and Caribbean heritage who are affected by domestic and sexual abuse.

“Ironically, that’s the reason why we got the invitation, so the last thing we expected to happen was that race would become an issue.”

Describing the incident, she said: “I was stood next to two other women - black women - and she (Lady Susan) just made a beeline for me, and she took my locks and moved it out of the way so that she could see my name badge.

“That’s a no-no. I wouldn’t put my hands in someone’s hair, and culturally it’s not appropriate.

“But you consider that this lady is of senior years, I have to consider many things - is she OK?- and also my environment, and who I represent - Sistah Space - and so I was a bit taken aback.”

Prince of Wales says racism has no place in society

09:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Racism “has no place in our society”, a spokesman for Prince William has said, as his godmother quit her palace aide role over “unacceptable” comments she made at a Buckingham Palace reception.

Lady Susan Hussey, the late Queen’s lady-in-waiting, resigned after she asked Ngozi Fulani, a prominent Black advocate for survivors of domestic abuse, where she “really came from”.

Buckingham Palace said it took the incident, at the Queen Consort’s reception on violence against women on Tuesday, “extremely seriously” and had investigated immediately.

Nadine White, The Independent’s race correspondent, reports.

William says racism has no place in society as aide quits over palace race row

ICYMI: Prince William’s godmother resigns from Buckingham Palace role amid race row

09:00 , Oliver O'Connell

The member of the Buckingham Palace household who resigned after “unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments” made to a Black charity boss is Prince Williams godmother, it has been revealed.

Ngozi Fulani, founder of Britain’s leading domestic abuse charity for Black women, says she was left “traumatised” after she was asked racially offensive questions about her heritage at the event.

Thomas Kingsley has the details.

Prince William’s godmother resigns from Buckingham Palace role amid race row

Ngozi Fulani says focus should remain on domestic abuse survivors

08:40 , Kate Ng

Ngozi Fulani stressed that the focus should remain on domestic abuse survivors rather than the race row and subsequent resignation of the late Queen’s lady in waiting.

Asked how she felt about Lady Susan Hussey’s resignation, the Black charity boss told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I want the focus to remain where it should be, which is on the women and girls who are affected by domestic abuse.

“Having said that, she’s influenced by Buckingham Palace, and it’s their decision and her decision to make, one that I had no part in.”

Asked if she would have preferred to accept Lady Susan’s apology instead of seeing her quit the household, Fulani said: “I would have preferred it did not happen.

“I would have preferred that I could go to a space where I’m invited and be treated as every other guest was treated.

“I would prefer that we kept the focus on the abuse against women and girls.”

PA

What are William and Kate scheduled to do in Boston?

08:30 , Oliver O'Connell

The Prince and Princess of Wales have touched down in the United States for their first visit in eight years.

The trip is centred around the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony, which will take place in Boston, Massachusetts, on Friday 2 December. The organisation, founded by Prince William, honours and assists entrepreneurs who have come up with solutions to climate change and other environmental issues.

However, the awards ceremony on Friday evening is just one of several engagements and outings planned for the royal couple during their three-day trip to Boston, as Kate and William are expected to make a number of appearances in and around the city in the upcoming days.

Chelsea Ritschel looks at what is on their itinerary.

What are Prince William and Kate Middleton doing in Boston?

Ngozi Fulani: ‘You’re trying to make me unwelcome'

08:21 , Kate Ng

Ngozi Fulani has spoken to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme about her treatment by Lady Susan Hussey at the royal reception on Tuesday.

She said: “Let us be clear what this is. I’ve heard so many suggestions it’s about her age and stuff like that. And I think that’s a kind of a disrespect about ageism. Are we saying that because of your age you can’t be racist or you can’t be inappropriate?

“If you invite people to an event, as I said, against domestic abuse, and there are people there from different demographics, I don’t see the relevance of whether I’m British or not British. You’re trying to make me unwelcome in my own space.”

She added: “Although it’s not physical violence, it is an abuse.”

Lady Hussey, who is Prince William’s godmother, has resigned from the household and apologised after repeatedly asking Fulani where she “really came from” during the event.

Will the prince and princess meet with Joe Biden?

08:00 , 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?

William and Kate praised as ‘power couple’ over matching suits

07:15 , Oliver O'Connell

The Prince and Princess of Wales have been praised for giving off “major power couple vibes” with the outfits they chose for their arrival in the United States.

On Wednesday 30 November, the royal couple arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, for a three-day trip, which will conclude with the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony on Friday evening.

Chelsea Ritschel reviewed their sartorial choices.

Prince William and Kate Middleton praised as ‘power couple’ over matching suits

Who is performing at Earthshot 2022?

06:15 , Oliver O'Connell

The Earthshot Prize is the annual awards ceremony to celebrate the environmental charity and includes a star-studded line-up of performers. Megan Graye previews who is performing.

Boston welcomes Prince and Princess of Wales

Racism row erupted as royal couple crossed Atlantic

04:15 , Oliver O'Connell

The Prince and Princess of Wales made their first public appearance in Boston after William reprimanded his own godmother for racist comments that led to her resignation.

William and Kate were welcomed by the Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker as they arrived for their United States tour at Boston Logan International Airport on Wednesday.

Graeme Massie reports on what they said when they landed.

Kate and William make first public appearance after godmother’s racist comments

Royal aide embroiled in racism row reportedly advised Meghan Markle

03:15 , 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.

Chelsea Ritschel reports.

Royal aide embroiled in race row reportedly advised Meghan Markle

Sibling unease haunts Prince William’s climate change trip

02:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Prince William and the Princess of Wales will be looking to focus attention on their Earthshot Prize for environmental innovators as they make their first visit to the US in eight years, a trip likely to be dogged by tensions with Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, who have criticised Britain’s royal family in the American media.

And that was before the latest racism scandal erupted at Buckingham Palace bringing past allegations back to the fore.

Sibling unease dogs Prince William's 'Earthshot' US trip

William and Kate watch Boston Celtics play Miami Heat

01:22

 (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
 (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
 (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

What is the Earthshot Prize and who will be at the awards ceremony?

01:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Prince William’s annual Earthshot Prize awards ceremony will take place on Friday 2 December, rewarding five individuals or organisations for their contributions to environmentalism and promoting solutions to climate change.

Now in its second year, the extravaganza will be held at the MGM Music Hall in Boston, Massachusetts.

What is the Earthshot Prize and who will headline its awards ceremony?

William and Kate at NBA game with Massachusetts governor-elect Maura Healey

00:54 , Graeme Massie

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

William and Kate all smiles at Boston Celtics game

00:52 , Graeme Massie

 (NBC Sports Boston)
(NBC Sports Boston)

00:46 , Graeme Massie

William and Kate courtside for Boston Celtics against Miami Heat

00:43 , Graeme Massie

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

William and Kate take in NBA game in Boston

00:41 , Graeme Massie

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

William and Kate attend Boston Celtics NBA game

00:33 , Graeme Massie

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

Buckingham Palace racism row: Who is Lady Susan Hussey?

00:15 , Oliver O'Connell

The member of the Buckingham Palace household, who stepped down after “unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments” made to a Black charity boss, has been revealed as Prince William’s godmother, Lady Susan Hussey.

Ngozi Fulani, founder of Britain’s leading domestic abuse charity for Black women, says she was left “traumatised” after Lady Hussey asked racially offensive questions about Fulani’s heritage at the event.

Saman Javed and Inga Parkel report.

Who is Lady Susan Hussey? Prince William’s godmother who quit Buckingham Palace role

Wednesday 30 November 2022 23:37 , Graeme Massie

Prince William and Kate Middleton praised as ‘power couple’ over matching suits

Wednesday 30 November 2022 23:15 , Oliver O'Connell

The Prince and Princess of Wales have been praised for giving off “major power couple vibes” with the outfits they chose for their arrival in the United States.

Chelsea Ritschel takes a look at the royal couple’s sartorial choices.

Prince William and Kate Middleton praised as ‘power couple’ over matching suits

Royal couple light Boston landmarks green to mark Earthshot Prize

Wednesday 30 November 2022 23:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Prince William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales pose with Mayor Michelle Wu (R) as they kick off Earthshot celebrations by lighting up Boston (Getty Images)
Prince William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales pose with Mayor Michelle Wu (R) as they kick off Earthshot celebrations by lighting up Boston (Getty Images)
 (REUTERS)
(REUTERS)

Boston chosen as Earthshot host for two reasons

Wednesday 30 November 2022 22:50 , Oliver O'Connell

Prince William says there are two reasons for Boston being chosen to host the Earthshot Prize in 2022.

First, because it is the hometown of President John F Kennedy whose Moonshot speech inspired the launch of Earthshot, and second, because it is a major hub of technology, innovation, research, and startups.

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

In pictures: Kate and William meet Mayor Michelle Wu

Wednesday 30 November 2022 22:40 , Oliver O'Connell

Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales pose with Mayor Michelle Wu and Conor Pewarski to kick off Earthshot celebrations by lighting up Boston (Getty Images)
Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales pose with Mayor Michelle Wu and Conor Pewarski to kick off Earthshot celebrations by lighting up Boston (Getty Images)
 (REUTERS)
(REUTERS)
 (REUTERS)
(REUTERS)

Voices: The Palace racism outrage is more evidence Meghan Markle was telling the truth

Wednesday 30 November 2022 22:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Andrew Buncombe looks at what the latest Buckingham Palace racism scandal means in the context of Meghan Markle’s previous allegations regarding the way she was treated.

This latest Palace racism outrage is proof Meghan Markle was telling the truth

Prince William addresses crowd at Boston’s City Hall Plaza

Wednesday 30 November 2022 22:21 , Oliver O'Connell

The Prince of Wales is addressing the crowd gathered outside of Boston’s City Hall, despite the pouring rain, he thanks them for coming out despite the weather.

“May I say thank you to all the hardy Bostonians braving the rain this evening. Catherine and I are absolutely delighted to be with you today for our first engagement in the great city of Boston, as we start the countdown to The Earthshot Prize awards this Friday.”

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

William and Kate photographed flying commercial ahead of climate ceremony

Wednesday 30 November 2022 21:32 , Oliver O'Connell

William and Kate eschewed high carbon-emitting private jet travel for a commercial flight to Boston today for events to highlight the climate crisis.

The Royal couple were captured in cellphone pictures by a fellow traveler on the British Airways plane which landed on Wednesday afternoon in the Massachusetts city.

Senior Climate Correspondent Louise Boyle reports.

William and Kate photographed flying commercial to Boston for climate ceremony

Who arranges security for the royals in the US?

Wednesday 30 November 2022 21:20 , 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.

In the US, the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is responsible for the protection of Prince William and Princess Catherine during their three-day trip to Massachusetts, their first visit to America since 2014.

They coordinate with UK protection services and the palaces to arrange for coverage during visits by senior royals.

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

Kate waves to onlookers outside hotel

Wednesday 30 November 2022 21:18 , Oliver O'Connell

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

Are William and Kate meeting Joe Biden on their US trip?

Wednesday 30 November 2022 21:06 , 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 are rumoured to potentially have another meeting on the cards during their visit.

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

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

Wednesday 30 November 2022 20:50 , Oliver O'Connell

Nadine White, The Independent’s race correspondent, writes:

I’m not sure what it’s going to take for the royal family to confront and address its racism. Or if, indeed, that is even possible when it is founded on structures of supremacy and privilege.

We know that Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, was widely vilified and ridiculed by parts of the UK press and public after publicly speaking out about her experiences during that famous Oprah interview last March.

But today marks the first time in recent years that a palace staff member has left their role over racism allegations.

Read on:

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

Despite rain, crowds gather for royal couple at Boston City Hall

Wednesday 30 November 2022 20:42 , Oliver O'Connell

Royal watchers await the arrival of Britain’s Prince William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales in City Hall Plaza, Boston (AFP via Getty Images)
Royal watchers await the arrival of Britain’s Prince William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales in City Hall Plaza, Boston (AFP via Getty Images)
 (AFP via Getty Images)
(AFP via Getty Images)

Racism row royal aide reportedly advised Meghan Markle and said marriage would ‘end in tears’

Wednesday 30 November 2022 20:36 , 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.

Chelsea Ritschel reports for The Independent.

Royal aide embroiled in race row reportedly advised Meghan Markle

‘Utterly delightful'

Wednesday 30 November 2022 20:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Passengers on British Airways flight 213 from London Heathrow to Boston Logan said the royal couple were “utterly delightful” and spoke briefly to other passengers in first class.

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

What are the prince and princess in Boston and what’s on their schedule?

Wednesday 30 November 2022 20:22 , Oliver O'Connell

The Prince and Princess of Wales have touched down in the United States for their first visit in eight years.

The trip is centred around the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony, which will take place in Boston, Massachusetts, on Friday 2 December. The organisation, founded by Prince William, honours and assists entrepreneurs who have come up with solutions to climate change and other environmental issues.

However, the awards ceremony on Friday evening is just one of several engagements and outings planned for the royal couple during their three-day trip to Boston, as Kate and William are expected to make a number of appearances in and around the city in the upcoming days.

The Independent’s Chelsea Ritschel takes a look at their schedule.

What are Prince William and Kate Middleton doing in Boston?

Kate and William make first public appearance after he reprimanded his godmother over racist comments

Wednesday 30 November 2022 20:08 , Oliver O'Connell

The Prince and Princess of Wales made their first public appearance in Boston after William reprimanded his own godmother for racist comments that led to her resignation.

William and Kate were welcomed by the Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker as they arrived for their United States tour at Boston Logan International Airport on Wednesday.

Graeme Massie reports on the days developments so far.

Kate and William make first public appearance after godmother’s racist comments

Royal couple give a message of thanks to the people of Boston

Wednesday 30 November 2022 19:50 , Oliver O'Connell

The Prince and Princess of Wales have given a message of thanks to the people of Boston for the warm welcome.

“Catherine and I are delighted to be back in the United States and are extremely grateful to Gov. Baker and the first lady of Massachusetts for their warm welcome into Boston,” Prince William said.

“On this, our first overseas visit since the death of my grandmother, I would like to thank the people of Massachusetts and particularly of Boston for their many tributes paid to the late queen. She remembered her 1976 Bicentennial visit with great fondness.”

He added: “My grandmother was one of life’s optimists. And so am I. That is why last year we launched the Earthshot Prize with the ambition to create a truly global platform to inspire hope and urgent optimism as we look to save the future of our planet.”

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.