Prince William hosts a virtual meeting with the mayor of Boston ahead of his visit to the US for the Earthshot Prize awards in December – after cancelling his appearance at the summit last month following the Queen’s death
- Prince of Wales, 40, had a chat with the mayor ahead of next month’s ceremony
- Prince William and Kate will travel to the east coast of the US to attend awards
- Last month he cancelled trip to the Earthshot Prize Summit after Queen’s death
The Prince of Wales hosted a virtual conversation with the mayor of Boston, where this year’s Earthshot Prize awards will be held, this afternoon.
Prince William, 40, chatted to mayor Michelle Wu about Boston’s work on sustainability and ongoing preparations for the December event, Kensington Palace said.
The conversation comes after William addressed the summit via video link last month to confirm he and Kate, Princess of Wales, would be making the journey stateside to attend the ceremony.
The Prince of Wales, 40, (pictured) hosted a video call with Michelle Wu, the mayor of Boston, this afternoon ahead of his visit to the city next month
William chatted with Michelle after confirming he will be attending the ceremony with the Princess of Wales, following a cancellation of his visit to the summit last month
The father-of-three had been scheduled to appear at the conference but cancelled the appearance following the death of his grandmother, Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as the family was still observing a mourning period.
Instead, he addressed the conference in a pre-recorded video message in which he said his late grandmother had ‘loved’ hearing about the Earthshot Prize.
He said: ‘Although it is the saddest circumstances that I am unable to join you today, I am able to join you in video form as you gather in New York for the Earthshot Prize innovation summit.’
He went on to confirm he and Kate would travel to Boston in December for the second Earthshot Prize award ceremony, adding they are ‘so excited.’
The Prince of Wales continued: ‘During this time of grief, I take great comfort in your continued enthusiasm, optimism and commitment to the Earthshot Prize and what we are trying to achieve.
‘Protecting the environment was of course close to my grandmother’s heart, and I know she would be delighted to hear about this event and the support you are all giving our Earthshot Prize finalists, the next generation of environmental pioneers.
Prince William, 40, recorded a message for his Earthshot Prize innovation summit in New York – after cancelling his solo trip to the States following the Queen ‘s death
‘Together in this room are the people and organisations who will help us achieve our Earthshot mission – to rejuvenate our planet within this current decade.’
The prize, which will be awarded next month, aims to discover and scale-up groundbreaking solutions to repair the planet and £1 million in prize money was presented to the winners in five categories, or Earthshots – protect and restore nature; clean our air; revive our oceans; build a waste-free world; and fix our climate.
The inaugural Earthshot Prize awards ceremony was held at London’s Alexandra Palace last October and among those who walked the event’s green carpet were Harry Potter star Emma Watson, wearing a wedding dress made of 10 dresses from Oxfam, and Dame Emma Thompson.
Among the winners were projects restoring coral reefs, redistributing unwanted food to the disadvantaged and a project battling the issues contributing to air pollution in India.
The Princess of Wales presented the winning award in the protect and restore nature category to the government of Costa Rica, which has pioneered a project paying local citizens to restore natural ecosystems.
Over the 10-year cycle of the awards, £50 million will be awarded to individuals, charities and even countries for the winners to develop their ideas.
It remains to be seen whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have made their home in the US, will be among the guests when the event is staged in early December.