Prince William’s Earthshot Prize innovation summit is still going ahead in New York

Prince William’s Earthshot Prize summit WILL go ahead in New York tomorrow – after the Duke cancelled his solo appearance following the death of the Queen

  • Prince William’s Earthshot Prize innovation summit will still go ahead tomorrow
  • Duke had been due to attend the event in New York on a solo trip to the US 
  • However he cancelled his trip to the States following his grandmother’s death 
  • Today, the organisation shared a swish video on social media about the summit 
  • The Queen’s funeral: All the latest Royal Family news and coverage

Prince William‘s Earthshot Prize innovation summit is still set to go ahead in New York – after the Duke cancelled his solo trip to the States following the Queen‘s death.

The Prince of Wales, 40, looked deeply emotional and appeared pensive throughout his grandmother’s funeral yesterday in London, as well as her committal service in Windsor. 

But today, his environmental initiative shared a swish video on social media about the summit tomorrow in New York, with clips showing the subway, the Statue of Liberty and city’s skyline.  

Inspired by Kennedy’s Moon Shot proposal in the 1960s, which put the first man on the moon and led to the development of new technology, the Earthshot Prize is set to award £50 million in rewards over 10 years.

The Duke’s environmental initiative aims to find solutions to repair and protect the planet – with five winners in 2021 being awarded £1million to support their schemes – such as projects to restore coral reefs and combat air pollution in India.

Prince William's Earthshot Prize innovation summit is still set to go ahead in New York - after the Duke cancelled his solo trip to the States following the Queen's death

Prince William’s Earthshot Prize innovation summit is still set to go ahead in New York – after the Duke cancelled his solo trip to the States following the Queen’s death

The caption of the video announced details of timing of the event, adding: ‘The Earthshot Prize is in New York City.

‘It’s #ClimateWeekNYC, and we’re here with our 2021 Finalists and Winners for The Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit.

‘In partnership with @bloombergdotorg, the event will focus on driving impact around ground-breaking solutions to repair our planet.’

The Earthshot Prize was founded by William and his Royal Foundation in 2020, and in July this year the project became an independent charity, with the duke now its president. 

William had planned to make a solo trip to the United States on September 21, where he was due to be joined by previous winners of his £50 million global environmental competition. 

However, according to People, the Prince of Wales cancelled the trip following the death of his grandmother earlier this month. 

Prince William's environmental initiative shared a swish video on social media about the summit tomorrow in New York

Prince William’s environmental initiative shared a swish video on social media about the summit tomorrow in New York

The video started with a member of the Earthshot Prize staff holding a sign with the name of the initiative, before revealing the New York skyline behind them

The video started with a member of the Earthshot Prize staff holding a sign with the name of the initiative, before revealing the New York skyline behind them 

Clips in the video included a flash of the Statue of Liberty

Clips in the video included a flash of the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline (pictured)

Clips in the video included a flash of the Statue of Liberty (left) and the New York skyline (right), while the caption announced details of timings of the summit 

The Earthshot team will still be co-hosting the summit, which takes place during NYC Climate Week and the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly, with Bloomberg Philanthropy. 

The summit aims to amplify The Earthshot Prize’s call to speed up efforts to repair the planet. 

William was set to deliver a speech at the conference, which will be attended by last year’s winners and finalists, The Earthshot Prize Global Alliance network, heads of state, global business leaders and philanthropists. 

It would have marked the first time William had visited America since Harry and the Duchess of Sussex decamped across the Atlantic to California after quitting the working monarchy.  

The competition aims to discover and scale up ground-breaking solutions to repair the planet and £1 million in prize money was presented to the winners in five categories or Earthshots – Protect And Restore Nature; Clean Our Air, Revive Our Oceans; Build A Waste-Free World; and Fix Our Climate.

Clips in the video, which was released ahead of the summit tomorrow, show the city's subway (pictured) the Statue of Liberty and skyline

Clips in the video, which was released ahead of the summit tomorrow, show the city’s subway (pictured) the Statue of Liberty and skyline 

Among the winners were projects restoring coral reefs, redistributing unwanted food to the disadvantaged and a project battling the issues contributing to air pollution in India.

The initiative was inspired by former US president John F Kennedy’s Moonshot project which set scientists the challenge of placing an astronaut on the moon and returning him safely – and in the process helped advance mankind’s achievements.

The John F Kennedy Library Foundation, alongside the City of Boston and its mayor Michelle Wu, will be host partners of the Earthshot Prize ceremony.

However Prince William and Kate may still travel to the US this year – with the Earthshot Prize’s second award ceremony due to take place in Boston in December.

Meanwhile the annual award ceremony, which first launched in London in 2021 (pictured, William and Kate at the event), will take place in early December

Meanwhile the annual award ceremony, which first launched in London in 2021 (pictured, William and Kate at the event), will take place in early December

In 2021, sources claimed William and wife Kate are ‘very focused on having a high profile in US’ after ‘their popularity took a dive because of the Oprah interview’.

Insiders told Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridgeare highly likely to make a high profile visit across the pond in an effort to boost their popularity. 

The source added: ‘[They] are aware that their popularity took a bit of a dive post the Oprah interview, and that the focus now is on getting that support back.’

During the explosive interview in March last year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sent shockwaves through the Royal Family when Meghan said that Kate had made her cry, and alleged one royal insider had questioned what colour their son Archie’s skin would be.

Instead of flying to the US for his Earthshot Prize summit, the Prince of Wales is in mourning for his grandmother the Queen (pictured at her funeral yesterday)

Instead of flying to the US for his Earthshot Prize summit, the Prince of Wales is in mourning for his grandmother the Queen (pictured at her funeral yesterday) 

The insider added that the couple were highly sensitive about the impact the explosive interview had on their profile.  

The Duke and Duchess’ last official visit to the US was to New York in December 2014 when Kate was pregnant with Princess Charlotte.  They previously visited California at the end of a tour to Canada in 2011.   

It came as the Royal Family released two poignant photo tributes to the Queen as they begin another week of mourning after a state funeral full of emotion, ceremony and symbolism that wowed and moved the world before Charles personally laid his mother to rest during a private burial last night.

Her Majesty’s long journey to her final resting place began in Balmoral on the day of her death on September 8 and ended last night with her private interment next to Prince Philip, with the new King scattering earth on his mother’s coffin at 7.30pm.

Prince William joined his wife Kate Middleton and children Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the event, as well as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Prince William joined his wife Kate Middleton and children Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the event, as well as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

The royals took to George's Chapel for the committal service (pictured) which followed the Queen's funeral at Westminster Abbey earlier today

The royals took to George’s Chapel for the committal service (pictured) which followed the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey earlier today 

And as she was laid to rest the royals released a tribute titled: ‘In loving memory of Her Majesty The Queen’ and shared a never-before seen image of the late Monarch hiking through heathlands in her beloved Scotland and a smiling picture of her with her parents, sister and husband at Buckingham Palace.

The touching post issued via the Royal Family’s social media accounts also touched on King Charles III’s first address to the nation as monarch in which he quoted the Shakespeare’s immortal play Hamlet – ‘May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest.’

Queen Elizabeth II today lies at peace for eternity in the royal vault under St George’s Chapel with her husband, father, mother and sister. 

She is the 12th British monarch to be buried at Windsor and has chosen to be with er family following the ‘Us Four’ principle pursued by her father George VI. 

He told his daughter repeatedly that following the abdication of his brother, a happy and united Royal Family was the most important thing in life after the duties of a monarch. 

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