December 1, 2023


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Prince William’s main venture is getting ready to face its greatest media check but

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Prince William and Kate Middleton Earthshot Prize

The Earthshot Prize is getting ready to host its third annual awards ceremony in Singapore subsequent month, and whereas its founder Prince William will attend, his spouse won’t be taking part. This presents a problem for the venture to keep up media consideration with out attracting the glamorous princess.

William established the award in 2020, primarily based on President John F. Kennedy’s bold “Moonshot” speech, which launched the US aim of touchdown a person on the moon. Its aim is to assist defend, preserve and restore our planet by searching for out and funding grassroots environmental initiatives around the globe.

The prince is chairman of the charity, and annually a council of consultants compiles an inventory of initiatives eligible for one among 5 grants every price £1 million ($1.22 million). The finalists are then invited to attend a glittering awards ceremony held at a world environmental heart the place the winners are introduced.

Prince William and Kate Middleton Earthshot Award
The Prince of Wales in New York Metropolis on September 19, 2023, and (pictured) the Princess of Wales in Boston on December 2, 2022. Kate won’t attend the awards ceremony in Singapore subsequent month.
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On the 2021 ceremony in London after which in Boston in 2022, William and Kate had been the visitors of honor, giving followers the chance to see the couple on the purple carpet. The 2022 occasion is deliberate to be the main target of a sequence of visits by the royal couple round Boston, attracting international media consideration.

Nevertheless, this yr it was introduced that Kate wouldn’t journey to Singapore together with her husband for the occasion, and as an alternative would stick with the couple’s three kids whereas their eldest, Prince George, sat his college exams.

Prior to now, public consideration to the royal household has been directed towards feminine family members, one thing Princess Diana stated added rigidity within the early days of her marriage to Prince Charles (now King Charles III).

William has proven no outward signal of an issue with public consideration to Kate, together with blanket protection of what she wears or says, and in contrast, this has been seen as a profit to initiatives the place the couple can mix their stardom to draw an viewers. Curiosity, just like the Earthshot award ceremony.

It stays to be seen whether or not Kate’s absence will have an effect on the extent of media protection of the venture this yr, however the prince’s workforce obtained a hopeful glimpse of what would possibly occur earlier this yr, when he made a solo go to to New York to attend. Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit.

Prince William in New York City
The Prince of Wales meets crowds in New York Metropolis on September 19, 2023. The Prince will attend an awards ceremony in Singapore subsequent month.
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William made a brief go to to New York in September, the place he hosted the summit in collaboration with philanthropist Michael Bloomberg, and witnessed the announcement of the finalists for the 2023 award.

Whereas on the town, William visited the environmental plan for the billion-dollar oyster venture and met with dignitaries together with UN Secretary-Normal António Guterres.

The prince attracted crowds throughout his go to and toured, greeting well-wishers throughout a go to to an NYPD fireplace station to debate psychological well being points confronted by first responders, which was extensively lined by the press.

Kensington Palace has introduced a extra bold program for the Prince’s go to to Singapore. The go to will happen from 5 to eight November and can embody welcome occasions, the Earthshot Awards itself, a go to to a dragon boat race and the United for Wildlife 2023 international summit.

Not solely will the Prince’s tour face a diminished diploma of media consideration because of Kate’s absence, however it additionally faces being overshadowed by the primary official opening of Parliament by King Charles and Queen Camilla, which can be held on November 7 in London.

The historic ceremony will see the King and Queen journey to the Palace of Westminster, the place Charles will learn his first government-issued speech as King. The speech units out the federal government’s fundamental targets for the following parliamentary session and will spark criticism, resulting in in depth press protection.

Mixed, these elements depart William’s foremost venture dealing with challenges because it seeks to draw public and media consideration.

James Crawford Smith NewsweekRoyal correspondent, primarily based in London. Yow will discover him on X (previously Twitter) at @jrcrawfordsmith And skim his tales on Newsweek‘s Kings page on Facebook.

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