William and Kate will travel around Boston learning about city’s attempts to combat climate change on first US trip together since 2014 – just days before Harry and Meghan are given award for calling out ‘structural racism’ in the monarchy
- William and Kate will fly to the US together for the first time since 2014
- They will undertake several engagements in Boston next month
- Harry and Meghan will be given human rights award for calling out ‘structural racism’ in the monarchy
The Prince and Princess of Wales will fly to the US together for the first time since 2014 to attend the Earthshot prize in Boston – four days before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be given a human rights award for calling out ‘structural racism’ in the monarchy.
William and Kate will undertake several engagements in the city as well as attending the awards ceremony.
From November 30 to December 2, the couple will travel around Boston learning about the city’s history and ambitious attempts to combat the effects of climate change.
Kate will also make a solo visit to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, which works with her own Center for Early Childhood. The Earthshot prize, which is William’s brainchild, is a global environmental prize inspired by JFK’s Moonshot. It is awarded to five winners each year for their contributions to environmental activism.
William and Kate will undertake several engagements in the city as well as attending the awards ceremony
Harry and Meghan are due to receive the Ripple of Hope award on December 6 at a glitzy gala in New York hosted by the Robert F Kennedy Foundation
Harry and Meghan are due to receive the Ripple of Hope award on December 6 at a glitzy gala in New York hosted by the Robert F Kennedy Foundation.
The awards are hosted by Kerry Kennedy, Robert’s daughter and the niece of assassinated US president John F Kennedy.
She told a Spanish news website that the Sussexes had ‘moral courage’ in challenging ‘the oldest institution in UK history’, describing the couple as ‘heroic’.
Miss Kennedy, a lawyer and human rights activist, recalled a speech by her late father in South Africa in 1966, when he addressed problems regarding getting people to talk about racial justice.
‘He also spoke of moral courage, saying that few would have the courage to question their colleagues, family and community about the power structure they maintained,’ she told El Confidencial. And this is what Meghan and Prince Harry have done.
She added: ‘They went to the oldest institution in UK history and told them what they were doing wrong, they couldn’t have structural racism within the institution, they could not maintain a misunderstanding about mental health.
William and Kate pictured together in New York in 2014
‘They knew that if they did this there would be consequences, that they would be ostracised, they would lose their family, their position and that people would blame them for it.
‘They have done it anyway because they believed they couldn’t live with themselves if they didn’t question this authority. I think they have been heroic in taking this step.’
Harry and Meghan are expected to attend the awards ceremony, with other recipients set to include Volodymyr Zelensky, president of Ukraine.
But there has been a growing sense of incredulity at the couple’s inclusion, with Robert F Kennedy Jr, Kerry’s brother, describing it as ‘bewildering’.
Professor David Nasaw, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of John and Robert’s father Joseph Kennedy, said it was ‘somewhere between sublimely ridiculous and blatantly ludicrous’.
Others have made clear that, although Harry and Meghan have thrown a slew of half-accusations against the Royal Family, particularly in last year’s notorious Oprah Winfrey interview, they have never provided any evidence of their claims.
The late Queen, Harry’s grandmother, said at the time that while their claims had been ‘concerning’, they were not all accepted – famously using the phrase, ‘recollections may vary’.
One royal insider recently described the award decision as ‘seemingly very naive’.