Prince William called himself a “stubborn optimist” before he and Kate attended an awards ceremony for his environmental awards.
The Prince of Wales made the comments in an article published hours before the ceremony in the US city of Boston.
He said he wants to “supercharge” the impact of his Earthshot Prize finalists to inspire a “desperate world” that there is a way forward.
Singer Billie Eilish will direct entertainment during the ceremony aimed at celebrating and expanding environmental solutions to repair the planet.
Former England and Manchester United footballer David Beckham will present one of the five awards, with each category winner receiving £1million to develop their project.
The future king wrote of the finalists in the Huffington Post: “The Earthshot Prize wants to find the best of them. We want to celebrate and support them so that we not only amplify their positive impact, but also demonstrate to a desperate world that there is an optimistic way forward.
“Bloody predictions about our natural world are not the only side of this story, and they need not be our future.”
Describing his thoughts behind the award, William 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 seemingly insurmountable challenge of putting a person on the moon: reversing the damage that has been done to our planet and embarking on a journey towards a more sustainable future.
“Fixing our planet won’t be easy, but taking action to protect our natural world is undeniable.”
Analysis – Royal visit overshadowed by a barrage of bad news
earlier the Prince of Wales US President Joe Biden is committed to a “warm, friendly and factual discussion” about Williams Earthshot Prize.
Kensington Palace said the president was keen to learn more about the awards and some of the finalists’ stories when the two met at the JFK library.
William also thanked the President for traveling to London for his grandmother the Queen’s funeral in September and the two shared memories of the late monarch.
Before the awards ceremony, William visited the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston with JFK’s daughter and their children, Jack and Tatiana Schlossberg, while Kate visited Harvard University to speak with experts on early childhood child development.
Speaking at a meeting with staff at the Center on the Developing Child, the Princess of Wales said: “There is so much amazing work being done and we need to start sharing the learning and the science and what can be done better and improved to help children on their way to 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 highlighted by race series
The couple’s three-day trip to Boston was overshadowed by a series of races in which William’s godmother, Lady Susan Hussey, resigned as royal assistant after repeatedly asking a prominent black British-born domestic violence charity boss where she “really came from”.
It looked too a trailer promoting the Harry and Meghan Netflix documentaries released yesterday, with the timing interpreted as a snub by some royal commentators.
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