Kate and William 'focused on America' – visit to Meghan and Harry's country 'on the cards'

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Kate and William 'focused on America' – visit to Meghan and Harry's country 'on the cards'

Kate and Prince William will have much work to do in relation to the US over the next 12 months, as the second ceremony awards of the Earthshot Pri

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Kate and Prince William will have much work to do in relation to the US over the next 12 months, as the second ceremony awards of the Earthshot Prize is taking place Stateside. And, according to a source, their team “is very focused on America”.

The source close to the couple told Vanity Fair: “Team Cambridge is very focused on America and making sure they have a high profile over there.”

The fact that the US is hosting next year’s awards doesn’t guarantee Kate and Prince William will travel across the pond to attend the ceremony in person.

No guest at Alexandra Palace on October 17, when the first Earthshot Prize award was celebrated, travelled to London just for the show, in a bid to minimise the impact it would have on the environment.

Many of the people featured, including the five winners, attended from their home countries via video link.

The same is expected to happen over the next decade, meaning it is unlikely Kate and Prince William will jet off to the US just to attend the Earthshot Prize.

However, the Cambridges may plan more engagements across the pond, as the source claimed: “The possibility of them making a high profile visit is very much on the cards for next year.”

They added the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their staff know Meghan and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey aired in March dented their popularity.

The source went on claiming: “[They] are aware that their popularity took a bit of a dive post the Oprah interview, and that the focus now is on getting that support back.

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“America is a very important audience for them.”

Prince William announced the location of the next Earthshot Prize award during his initiative’s first-ever glitzy night event.

He said: “I hope you agree that London and the UK has put on quite a show for our first year.

“So for the second year, we need to pass the baton to a country whose leadership is essential for all five of our Earthshots.

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“Where better than the nation that inspired the moonshot all those years ago.

“I’m delighted to announce that the Earthshot Prize will be heading to the United States of America in 2022.”

The location will be disclosed in due time, but royal watchers believe there are chances it will be connected to late US President John F. Kennedy.

This is because Prince William’s award has been partly inspired by Mr Kennedy’s moonshot speech in 1962, when he pledged to put an American on the moon by the end of the decade.

The award is directly linked with the Kennedys also thanks to a partnership struck by the initiative and the JFK Library Foundation, announced in September.

Speaking about next year’s awards and the possible location, the royal correspondent of the Daily Express, Richard Palmer, wrote on Twitter: “The Earthshot Prize awards ceremony will go around the world over the next decade and tonight it was announced next year’s event will be in the US.

“They haven’t decided where yet but my guess FWIW [for what it’s worth] is it could be somewhere linked to President Kennedy. Boston or Hyannis Port?

“I’m not sure if the Kennedy presidential library in Boston is suitable for staging an event like this but that to me would seem like a good choice.”

While very little is known about the 2022 awards, the Earthshot Prize ceremony which took place at Alexandra Palace surely set a high bar for the events taking place over the next decade.

The ceremony was broadcasted by the BBC and featured musical performances by Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes and Coldplay.

High profile celebrities including actress Emma Thompson and football Starr Mo Salah presented the awards to the recipient of the first five £1million prizes.



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