The Prince of Wales is set to travel to Boston, Massachusetts, to attend the second annual Earthshot prize ceremony to celebrate environmental innovation.
However, the Prince of Wales’ trip to the US for the ceremony won’t be a opportunity to meet Prince Harry or Meghan Markle, according to a royal expert. The Duke’s decision to hold the ceremony in the US, and most specifically Boston, was inspired by President John F Kennedy and his “moonshot”, challenging NASA and the American people to reach the moon by the end of the 1960s.
President Kennedy was a Massachusetts native and Boston was his family’s political power base, making the city symonusly with Irish American Democratic Party lawmakers. However, according to royal commentator Victoria Arbiter, writing in Nine Honey there has been speculation from some pundits that the Prince of Wales’ visit will be an opportunity to revive the declining Cambridge brand in the US. Ms Arbiter argues that due to the “perceived mistreatment” of the Sussexes by the Firm, some believe that the Prince of Wales is using the visit to revive his popularity by launching an extended tour of the country.
She said: “Though the purpose of William’s intended visit was clear – he was slated to deliver a speech, greet previous winners and finalists and kick off the countdown to Earthshot 2022 – several columnists suggested it was organised in a bid to quell Harry and Meghan’s perceived prominence in the US. “According to some, their allegations of poor treatment by the institution of monarchy, has resulted in ‘waning popularity’ for William and Kate. “Despite a lack of evidence, the narrative swiftly escalated upon the news the Sussexes will accept the Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organisation at a gala dinner in New York on December 6.
“Competing Kennedys, anguished royals and individual trips to neighbouring cities separated by days ultimately proved too tempting for those itching to promote a negative slant.” However, Ms Arbiter argued that the Prince of Wales did not see the visit as an opportunity to “score points” and had no interest in a “manufactured turf war” with the Sussexes. She also pointed out that, although Americans had a “enduring fascination” with the Royal Family, they were largely “unaware” of the ongoing alleged row between the Cambridges and the Sussexes.
She said: “Considering the United States declared independence from Britain over two centuries ago, Americans’ enduring fascination with the Royal Family is an enigma, but as with most things relating to the monarchy, the affection felt by many is, in large part, thanks to the late Queen. “Contrary to reports, the general populace is seemingly unaware of the drama said to unfolding behind palace walls and very few could name a ‘favourite Princess’. “However, despite having no vested interest, the institution, its history and its key players continue to captivate audiences across the US.
“Were the Earthshot ceremony to be taking place in Australia, Canada or New Zealand, William would have requested a similar trip. “After all, he has a responsibility to garner the occasion as much publicity as possible. “His plans for the US have nothing to do with the Sussexes and they aren’t a petty opportunity to score points. “While relations do remain tense, he won’t allow a manufactured turf war to distract from the job at hand.”