Prince William called himself a “stubborn optimist” before he and Kate arrived at an awards ceremony for his environmental award.
The Prince of Wales met with US President Joe Biden for a “warm, friendly and substantive discussion” on William Earthshot Prize.
Kensington Palace said the president wanted to know more about the awards and some of the finalists’ stories when the pair met at the JFK Library.
William also thanked the President for traveling to London for the funeral of his grandmother, the Queen, in September and the couple shared memories of the late monarch.
In an article published hours before the ceremony in the American city of Boston, the Prince of Wales described himself as a “stubborn optimist”.
He said he wanted to “amplify” the impact of his Earthshot Prize finalists to inspire a “desperate world” that there is a way forward.
Singer Billie Eilish will lead entertainment programming at the ceremony, which aims to celebrate and escalate environmental solutions to fix the planet.
Former England and Manchester United footballer David Beckham will present one of five prizes, with each category winner receiving £1million to develop their project.
Writing in the Huffington Post, the future king said of the finalists, “The Earthshot Prize wants to find the best of them. We want to celebrate and support them, to not only reinforce their positive impact, but also to demonstrate to a desperate world. that there is an optimistic path to follow.
“The dire predictions about our natural world aren’t the only aspect of this story, and they don’t have to be our future.”
William described his thinking behind the award and said he was inspired by President John F Kennedy’s successful “Moonshot” ambition to put a man on the moon.
He said: “We face a challenge as seemingly insurmountable as putting a person on the moon: to reverse the damage that has been done to our planet and put us on the path to a more sustainable future.
“Fixing our planet isn’t going to be easy, but the case for action to protect our natural world is undeniable.”
Analysis – Royal visit overshadowed by a barrage of bad news
Ahead of the awards, William visited the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston with JFK’s daughter and children Jack and Tatiana Schlossberg, while Kate visited Harvard University to speak with experts on the development of firsts. children’s years.
Meeting staff at the Center on the Developing Child, the Princess of Wales said: “There is so much amazing work going on and we need to start sharing learning and science and what can be done better and improved to help children on the trajectory into adulthood.”
After the visit, the Kennedys joined William for a private lunch and discussion with representatives from the Earthshot Prize’s founding partner organizations.
Visit ruined by the racing line
The couple’s three-day trip to Boston was dwarfed by a racing line which saw William’s godmother Lady Susan Hussey resign as royal aide after she repeatedly asked a prominent British-born black charity boss where she “really came from”.
He also saw a trailer promoting Harry and Meghan’s Netflix docuseries released yesterday, with the moment interpreted by some royal commentators as a snub.