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Dating in Boston | Joe Biden and Prince William discuss the climate

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(Boston) The Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Kate, concluded their first visit to the United States since 2014 on Friday with a meeting with President Joe Biden and a gala competition on climate change.



The British royal couple’s three-day trip, their first overseas since Queen Elizabeth II’s death on 8 September, was overshadowed by a UK controversy sparked by racist statements made at a party at Buckingham Palace, London on Tuesday .

Around this trip, which took place in the relative indifference of the inhabitants of Boston, there also hovered the climate of rivalry between William and his younger brother Harry and his wife, the American actress Meghan Markle, exiled in California, and in which Netflix is ​​dedicating a documentary next week.

At the end of his visit, the Prince of Wales, who is 40, met in Boston with President Biden, who is twice as old, to discuss climate change in this historic New England city, a symbol of British colonialism until the Revolution and to the independence of the United States in the late eighteenthAnd century.

Polar cold

Under a freezing cold, William presided over the second edition of the “Earthshot” award he created in 2020 to support innovations aimed at combating climate change in prime time.

Five prizes of over one million pounds (C$1.27 million) each were awarded.

A myriad of stars walked the green carpet of Boston’s MGM Music Hall this time, including singers Ellie Goulding and Annie Lennox, actor Rami Malek and former soccer player David Beckham. Naturalist and television presenter David Attenborough and actress Cate Blanchett were the judges of this gala competition.

Among the winners were a female start-up providing greener hobs for households in Kenya and a British firm making biodegradable packaging from marine plants. Green projects from Australia, India and Oman also won awards.

“I believe the ‘Earthshot’ solutions you saw tonight demonstrate that we are capable of tackling our planet’s greatest challenges. […] and change our future,” said the Prince of Wales.

Rising waters

On Thursday, William and Kate visited the climate change research and innovation labs in Boston, a city on the shores of the Atlantic that, like New York, is threatened by rising sea levels.

Parent of three children aged 4 to 9, the princely couple strive to project a more modern and accessible image of the monarchy, but also an irreproachable sense of duty.

But the trip was affected by a new controversy over racism in the UK, at the wrong time for the royal family, which wants to restore its image after the departure of Harry and Meghan to the United States.

An 83-year-old former lady-in-waiting, Susan Hussey, close to Elizabeth II for more than 60 years and godmother to Prince William, resigned on Wednesday after questions (“Where are you from in Africa?”, “Where are you from?” are you really from? Where do people like you come from?’) she asked a black feminist, Ngozy Fulani, at a reception in Buckingham on Tuesday evening.

The palace denounced “unacceptable and truly regrettable comments”. Refusing to comment directly on the incident, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, the first British head of government of Indian origin, called for ‘tackling’ racism ‘whenever it shows’.

The shadow of the couple Harry / Meghan (the Sussexes) also hovered over William and Kate.

Buckingham anxiously awaits the December 8 release of a Netflix documentary series about Harry and Meghan and the January worldwide release of Harry’s memoir with its embarrassing revelations.

Meghan Markle is a mixed-race American, who returned to California with Harry: they revealed in 2021 that a member of the royal family had questioned himself before his birth about the color of their son Archie’s skin. The royal family “is certainly not racist,” replied William, cold with his younger son Harry.

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