Monday, 15 Jul 2024

Prince William arrives in New York as beaming royal says it is ‘good to be back’

Prince William has arrived in New York for a two-day trip, with the Earshot prize at the centre of his short visit.

The Prince of Wales appeared in high spirits as he said it was “so good” to be back in the States.

The Prince said: “It’s so good to be back in the United States. No one does optimism and ingenuity like the American people, so it’s only right we unveil this year’s Earthshot finalists in New York City.

“80 years ago, the world came together in this great city to find a new way, through the UN, to solve our shared challenges.

“I know our generation can take the bold action we need to make changes towards a healthy and sustainable world. The challenge may feel huge, but as John F Kennedy taught us, we rise to the challenge not because it is easy, but because it is hard. And vital.”

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William visited the the Billion Oyster Project at the Liberty Landing Marina where he met executive director and co-founder of Billion Ouster Project, Pete Malinowski.

Billion Oyster Project is a nonprofit organization on a mission to restore oyster reefs to New York Harbor through public education initiatives.

On Tuesday, the royal will speak at the Earthshot Summit, where he will help announce the finalists for this year’s Earthshot Prizes which award companies and projects focusing on climate solutions. This year’s official ceremony will be held in Singapore on November 7.

William will also meet privately with UN Secretary-General António Guterres and other global leaders during his 48-hour visit which is said to be heavily focused on the environment and climate change.

He is also scheduled to meet billionaire Mike Bloomberg, New York’s former mayor, who has already committed more than £16,1million ($20million) to support previous Earthshot projects.

But despite his first solo trip to the US, William is not expected to meet or speak about his younger brother, Prince Harry.

Senior aides have made it clear he has no intention of speaking about his bitter rift with the Duke of Sussex – or any other distraction – during his first official solo US visit.

The royal’s visit to the US comes after a Gallup poll ranked him most popular among 25 public figures in the news – well ahead of President Biden and former President Trump and even in front of Ukraine’s widely-admired President Zelensky, who came second.

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