Your destination is Boston: USA visit: This is what makes William and Kate’s trip so special – entertainment

Princess Kate and Prince William will visit the United States from November 30. Photo: imago images/i Images

Princess Kate and Prince William are on their way to the United States. The trip is an extraordinary one for the heir to the British throne and his wife in more ways than one.

Prince William (40) and his wife, Princess Kate (40), are traveling to Boston this week. The heir to the British throne will present awards as part of the Earthshot Prize, an organization founded by William that honors solutions to climate change and environmental problems.

But the visit takes on added significance as William and Kate visit the United States for the first time in eight years. A lot happened in the royal family during that time. This is the royals’ first trip to the United States since the death of Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) in September. And the first time they go there since William’s brother, Prince Harry (38), and his wife, Duchess Meghan (41), moved to California.

Meghan and Harry meeting ‘unlikely’

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced in 2020 that they are stepping down as senior royals and moving to the United States. Since then the relationship with King Charles III. (74) and Prince William as tense. In March 2021, Harry and Meghan gave a major interview with talk queen Oprah Winfrey (68) on American television in which they made allegations of racism against the royal family, among other things. Will it overshadow William and Kate’s visit to the US? According to “People” magazine, a meeting between the two couples is “unlikely”. Although Harry and Meghan are also on the east coast in the coming days. They will attend a gala in New York City on December 6.

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As the “New York Times” writes, the Netflix series “The Crown”, which has been running since 2016, could also ensure that Americans are more interested in the life of the royals. The TV show follows the life of the queen, and the streaming service released season five in November. The buzz about the new episodes was bigger than ever. Those responsible have been criticized for taking too many liberties with historical accuracy. Not only acting icon Judi Dench (87) was worried in advance about how the members of the royal family were portrayed.

That’s what William and Kate plan to do

However, there aren’t many glitzy appearances on the agenda for William and Kate on their trip, which runs until December 2. The couple were due to arrive on Wednesday 30 November. The two then largely limit themselves to environmental and social issues. Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, 37, will meet William and Kate for a welcoming event at City Hall on Wednesday afternoon. According to media reports, the royal couple would like to find out more about the city’s efforts to combat the effects of climate change. Caroline Kennedy (65), American ambassador to Australia and daughter of John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), will also meet with the royals.

John F. Kennedy was born near Boston, the city chosen to host the second Earthshot Awards ceremony because Kennedy’s 1962 “Moonshot” speech is said to have inspired Prince William and his comrades. The then US president declared the goal of reaching the moon by the end of the decade. The Earthshot Prize aims to find solutions to climate change and other environmental problems by 2030.

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First on Thursday, William and Kate will visit Greentown Labs, a coalition of start-ups working on climate issues, and Roca, a non-profit organization working with young people. On Friday, the Prince of Wales will also be a guest at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, and the Princess will visit Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child, a research center for early childhood development.

Awards ceremony with many stars

The Earthshot prize event then takes place on Friday evening. Five entrepreneurs will each receive £1 million (around €1.2 million) to support their work on climate change. A host of stars come together for the occasion. In addition to Prince William and Princess Kate, Billie Eilish (20), Annie Lennox (67), Ellie Goulding (35) and the R&B duo Chloe x Halle appear. This was announced in advance by the organizers of the environmental award.

In addition, the actor and “James Bond” villain Rami Malek (41) should present one of the prizes. In addition, actress Shailene Woodley (31, “Big Little Lies”) and comedian Catherine O’Hara (68) presented an Earthshot prize.

Last trip abroad caused criticism

Will Prince William also use the trip abroad to present himself as a modern heir to the throne who can completely revamp the monarchy? In the spring, he and his wife went on a controversial trip to the Caribbean that was overshadowed by protests. As a result, William and Kate wanted to push for a change of strategy, the “Daily Mail” reported in March.

Royal expert Russell Myers, among others, believes there is a lot at stake in the modernization of the monarchy. Speaking on Lorraine Kelly’s TV show, he said of William and Kate’s modernization plans: “It’s absolutely about survival.” Prince William spoke about the need to change the monarchy, the monarchy must move with the times and they are the modern faces of that monarchy.

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