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Prince William and Kate host glitzy Earthshot Prize gala in Boston

The Princess of Wales puckered up for a kiss with her old friend David Beckham at husband Prince William’s glitzy Earthshot Award in Boston Friday night.

Kate, 40, looked thrilled to see the English football star, who made a surprise appearance at the environmental awareness event.

William – who is a longstanding acquaintance of Beckham thanks to his role as president of England’s Football Association – also looked happy to see the sportsman.  

The winners of the Earthshot Prize were:

  • A female-founded startup that’s building cleaner biomass stoves in Africa
  • A British company making recyclable packaging from seaweed
  • A portable ‘greenhouse-in-a-box’ firm helping boost harvests in India
  • A groundbreaking new technique that changes atmospheric carbon into rock in Oma
  • A female-led effort to train a new generation of indigenous rangers in Australia

Beckham was given a police escort to the venue, to which he traveled in a hybrid vehicle, as did the other talent invited to attend the evening.

He met up with the couple as the Princess of Wales brought the theme of her husband’s eco-friendly Earthshot Prize to life in spectacularly stylish fashion this evening, when she arrived on the ‘green carpet’ wearing a rented neon green off-the-shoulder gown. 

Kate, 40, certainly pulled out all the stops for the evening – which has been described as William’s ‘Super Bowl moment’ – taking a break from her normally-reserved sense of style in order to steal the spotlight in the eye-popping number. 

In keeping with the theme of the evening, the Princess chose to don a rented design from a brand called Solace London, which the royal got from online designer rental platform HURR – which charges between $91 (£74) and $238 (£194) to loan the gown. 

However, while Kate’s borrowed garment was a far cry cheaper than the high-fashion pieces she normally sports, she added plenty of bling to her look in the form of a stunning diamond-and-emerald choker that once belonged to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana

The dazzling art deco choker – which is believed to be worth more than $15 million – was gifted to Diana by the Queen, who herself inherited it from her grandmother Queen Mary. 

The Princess of Wales puckered up for a kiss with retired footballer David Beckham at the Earthshot Prize ceremony in Boston on Friday evening 

Kate and William looked delighted to see the famous footballer. The royals are close to the sportsman, with William serving as chair of the UK's Football Association

Kate and William looked delighted to see the famous footballer. The royals are close to the sportsman, with William serving as chair of the UK’s Football Association 

During the event, the couple were seen chit chatting with sporting legend David Beckham, while Schitt's Creek star Catherine O'Hara giggled in the background

During the event, the couple were seen chit chatting with sporting legend David Beckham, while Schitt’s Creek star Catherine O’Hara giggled in the background 

William went for a handshake when it was his turn to greet David, who made a surprise appearance at Friday's ceremony

William went for a handshake when it was his turn to greet David, who made a surprise appearance at Friday’s ceremony

Prince William has been the President of England's Football Association since 2006, and has worked with David on a number of occasions in the past

Prince William has been the President of England’s Football Association since 2006, and has worked with David on a number of occasions in the past

The Princess of Wales put on a dazzling display in a vibrant green off-the-shoulder gown as she and Prince William arrived at the Earthshot Prize gala in Boston Friday night - the final event in their whirlwind three-day US tour

The Princess of Wales put on a dazzling display in a vibrant green off-the-shoulder gown as she and Prince William arrived at the Earthshot Prize gala in Boston Friday night – the final event in their whirlwind three-day US tour

Kate's long brunette locks were styled in her signature waves - however she had her hair pulled back behind her ears to let the off-the-shoulder design really shine

Kate’s long brunette locks were styled in her signature waves – however she had her hair pulled back behind her ears to let the off-the-shoulder design really shine 

Kate, 40, accessorized her neon green number - which she no doubt wore in keeping with the eco-friendly theme of the evening - with a diamond-and-emerald choker necklace, matching earrings, and glittering heels

Kate, 40, accessorized her neon green number - which she no doubt wore in keeping with the eco-friendly theme of the evening - with a diamond-and-emerald choker necklace, matching earrings, and glittering heels

Kate, 40, accessorized her neon green number – which she no doubt wore in keeping with the eco-friendly theme of the evening – with a diamond-and-emerald choker necklace that used to belong to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana

William and Kate need this evening's event to go off without a hitch. While much pressure was already being placed on the gala that weight increased tenfold in the wake of the controversies that have overshadowed the couple's US tour

 William and Kate need this evening’s event to go off without a hitch. While much pressure was already being placed on the gala that weight increased tenfold in the wake of the controversies that have overshadowed the couple’s US tour

The dazzling art deco choker - which is believed to be worth more than $15 million - was gifted to Diana (seen wearing it in 1993) by the Queen, who herself inherited it from her grandmother Queen Mary

The dazzling art deco choker – which is believed to be worth more than $15 million – was gifted to Diana (seen wearing it in 1993) by the Queen, who herself inherited it from her grandmother Queen Mary

Diana wore the choker on a number of occasions, even pairing it with a green off-the-shoulder gown, just like Kate, when she attended a glittering event in London back in 1993. 

However, the choker necklace is perhaps most famous for being worn by Diana on her head during her and then-Prince Charles’ tour of Australia in 1985. 

At the time, images emerged of the then-Prince and Princess of Wales dancing at a gala in Melbourne – in which Diana could be seen wearing the pricey piece of jewelry around her forehead like a headband. 

It was later revealed that the fashion-forward moment happened purely by chance, after the Princess got the necklace stuck on her head while putting it on – only to like the style so much, she chose to keep it that way for the rest of the evening. 

Kate added some more sparkle to the look with a pair of matching $11,375 Asprey diamond-emerald earrings, which she is understood to have recycled from her own collection, in keeping with the theme of the sustainable event. 

Similarly, the Princess turned to her own closet when it came to her shoes – a pair of dazzling Gianvito Rossi heels. 

Having encouraged guests at the Earthshot gala to wear vintage, re-used, or second-hand clothing in order to fit the event’s sustainable theme, Kate set a shining example by sporting the designer shoes, which she has worn on a few occasions in the past – including at a reception in the Bahamas during the Waleses’ Caribbean tour in March of this year.

Kate, whose rented gown featured a daring split up the back, allowing her to show off her dazzling heels, held hands with her husband as they made their way inside the MGM Music Hall 

The choker necklace worn by Kate - which was gifted to Queen Mary during a trip to India - is perhaps most famous for being worn by Diana on her head during her and then-Prince Charles' tour of Australia in 1985

The choker necklace worn by Kate - which was gifted to Queen Mary during a trip to India - is perhaps most famous for being worn by Diana on her head during her and then-Prince Charles' tour of Australia in 1985

The choker necklace worn by Kate – which was gifted to Queen Mary during a trip to India – is perhaps most famous for being worn by Diana on her head during her and then-Prince Charles’ tour of Australia in 1985 

Kate, 40, certainly pulled out all the stops for the evening - which has been described as William's 'Super Bowl moment' - taking a break from her normally-reserved sense of style in order to steal the spotlight in the eye-popping number

Kate, 40, certainly pulled out all the stops for the evening – which has been described as William’s ‘Super Bowl moment’ – taking a break from her normally-reserved sense of style in order to steal the spotlight in the eye-popping number

The pair have been in the US since Wednesday, when they touched down at Boston Logan International Airport on a commercial flight

The pair have been in the US since Wednesday, when they touched down at Boston Logan International Airport on a commercial flight

The pair have been in the US since Wednesday, when they touched down at Boston Logan International Airport on a commercial flight  

Crowds of well-wishers turned up to show their support for the royals, who have been swarmed by fans throughout their trip

Crowds of well-wishers turned up to show their support for the royals, who have been swarmed by fans throughout their trip 

Kate added some more sparkle to the look with a pair of matching diamond-emerald earrings - as well as some bedazzled Oscar de la Renta high heel shoes, which she recycled from her own closet

Kate added some more sparkle to the look with a pair of matching diamond-emerald earrings - as well as some bedazzled Oscar de la Renta high heel shoes, which she recycled from her own closet

Kate added some more sparkle to the look with a pair of matching diamond-emerald earrings – as well as some bedazzled Oscar de la Renta high heel shoes, which she recycled from her own closet

As William and Kate entered the event, they were greeted with a standing ovation

As William and Kate entered the event, they were greeted with a standing ovation

She had her long brunette locks styled in her signature loose waves, however she pulled her hair back behind her ears in order to let the off-the-shoulder design, and her dazzling jewels, to really shine.

This evening’s event marks the second time that Kate has chosen to wear jewelry belonging to Diana; upon her and William’s arrival in the US on Wednesday, the Princess sported some diamond-and-sapphire earrings that her late mother-in-law once owned. 

Meanwhile, William put on a dapper display in a black tuxedo, keeping things classic with a dark navy velvet jacket and a black bow tie, while also sporting an Omega watch.

The Prince and Princess of Wales were given a Hollywood-style welcome as they arrived at the event, with cheering crowds offering up cries of support as they exited their hybrid Range Rover – a vehicle that was specially chosen to fit the eco-friendly focus of their trip. 

Kate and Wills made their way down the ‘green carpet’, pausing a few times to speak to other guests, before making their way into the venue, where they were greeted with a standing ovation from the other attendees. 

Once inside, they were joined by Earthshot council members, John Kerry, Ms Naomi Yamazaki, Hindou Ibrahim and Indra Nooyi, as well as the program’s CEO Hannah Jones. 

The couple took a minute to smile and wave at the crowds who had gathered in the cold in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the royals

The couple took a minute to smile and wave at the crowds who had gathered in the cold in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the royals

As well as pulling out all the stops with her style, Kate also opted to model a glamorous makeup look that featured dark eyeliner, smoky eyeshadow and a sharp contour on her cheeks

As well as pulling out all the stops with her style, Kate also opted to model a glamorous makeup look that featured dark eyeliner, smoky eyeshadow and a sharp contour on her cheeks

As well as pulling out all the stops with her style, Kate also opted to model a glamorous makeup look that featured dark eyeliner, smoky eyeshadow and a sharp contour on her cheeks

The pair spent a few minutes speaking with people outside of the event while walking the green carpet

The pair spent a few minutes speaking with people outside of the event while walking the green carpet

Ever the gentleman, William put a reassuring hand on Kate's back as they made their way into the event

Ever the gentleman, William put a reassuring hand on Kate’s back as they made their way into the event 

William put on a dapper display in a black tuxedo, keeping things classic with a dark navy velvet jacket and a black bow tie, while also sporting an Omega watch

William put on a dapper display in a black tuxedo, keeping things classic with a dark navy velvet jacket and a black bow tie, while also sporting an Omega watch

The final addition to the Princess' look for the evening was a slick of peachy pink lipstick

The final addition to the Princess' look for the evening was a slick of peachy pink lipstick

The final addition to the Princess’ look for the evening was a slick of peachy pink lipstick

The ceremony kicked off with a reference to the ‘colonists’ who came to Boston 400 years ago and settled on indigenous lands – a similar theme that was raised at the Earthshot launch on Wednesday, when Reverend Mariama White-Hammond urged attendees to ‘consider the legacy of colonialism and racism’. 

At the Earthshot Prize gala tonight, it was Elizabeth Solomon, a member of the Massachusetts tribe at Ponkapoag who brought to light indigenous interests during her opening speech. 

‘We are gathered today in Native space and on the traditional lands of the Massachusetts Tribe,’ she began. ‘Please treat our lands and waters as precious because they are. 

‘10,000 years ago Boston Harbor was dry land and we were here. 1,000 years ago much of what is now known as the city of Boston was not land but water and we were here. 400 years ago colonists came to occupy our land and we were here.’

The show continued with a performance by singing sister duo Chloe x Halle – the latter of whom is set to star in the upcoming live-action Disney remake of The Little Mermaid. 

The siblings performed Nina Simone’s Feeling Good in front of the star-studded crowd, which included the likes of Annie Lennox, David Beckham, Shailene Woodley, and Rami Malek. 

The pair were seen sneaking loving glances at one another as they made their way along the green carpet

The pair were seen sneaking loving glances at one another as they made their way along the green carpet

The Princess also flashed her sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring - another jewelry piece that once belonged to Diana

The Princess also flashed her sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring – another jewelry piece that once belonged to Diana

The event comes at the end of an action-packed three-day tour for the royals, who landed in the US on Wednesday afternoon

The event comes at the end of an action-packed three-day tour for the royals, who landed in the US on Wednesday afternoon

Once inside the event, William took to the stage to make a speech, in which he thanked the people of Boston for giving the Earthshot Prize such a warm welcome, before going on to pay tribute to John F. Kennedy

Once inside the event, William took to the stage to make a speech, in which he thanked the people of Boston for giving the Earthshot Prize such a warm welcome, before going on to pay tribute to John F. Kennedy

Once inside the event, William took to the stage to make a speech, in which he thanked the people of Boston for giving the Earthshot Prize such a warm welcome, before going on to pay tribute to John F. Kennedy

Kate and William enjoyed several sweet moments on the green carpet - even holding hands for a few minutes as they walked into the venue

Kate and William enjoyed several sweet moments on the green carpet – even holding hands for a few minutes as they walked into the venue 

Eco warrior winners! The five Earthshot Prize victors revealed 

Clean our Air: Mukuru Clean Stoves, Kenya – A start-up providing cleaner-burning stoves to women in Kenya to reduce unhealthy indoor pollution and provide a safer way to cook.

Protect and Restore Nature: Kheyti, India – A pioneering solution for local smallholder farmers to reduce costs, increase yields and protect livelihoods in a country on the frontlines of climate change.

Revive our Oceans: Indigenous Women of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia – An inspiring women led program that combines 60,000 years of indigenous knowledge with digital technologies to protect land and sea.

Build a Waste-free World: Notpla, United Kingdom – A circular solution creating an alternative to plastic packaging from seaweed.

Fix our Climate: 44.01, Oman – Created by childhood friends who have developed an innovative technique to turn CO2 into rock, and permanently store it underground.

William then took to the stage to make his own speech, in which he thanked the people of Boston for giving the Earthshot Prize such a warm welcome, before going on to pay tribute to John F. Kennedy – whose daughter Caroline and grandson Jack Schlossberg were in attendance. 

‘We at the Earthshot Prize are all so grateful for the welcome we have received this evening here in Boston over the last few days,’ the Prince began.

‘When I founded this prize in 2020, it was with the ambition to harness the same spirit of ingenuity, that inspired President John F. Kennedy to challenge the American people to put a person on the moon within a decade.

‘So, it has been an honor to share the stories of our Earthshot winners and finalists from the heart of his hometown.’

The royal went on to urge the attendees to take inspiration from the winners and finalists profiled during the event in order to find their own ways to address climate change. 

‘I believe that the Earthshot solutions you have seen this evening prove we can overcome our planet’s greatest challenges,’ he said. ‘And by supporting and scaling them we can change our future.

‘Alongside tonight’s winners and finalists, and those to be discovered over the years to come, it’s my hope the Earthshot legacy will continue to grow, helping our communities and our planet to thrive.’

Ending the evening with a note of optimism, the Prince concluded: ‘In the same way the space effort six decades ago created jobs, boosted economies, and provided hope, so too can the solutions borne of tonight’s Earthshot Prize winners.

‘The decisions we make now will affect generations to come, which is why we must choose the path of hope, optimism, and urgency to repair our planet.’

A dazzling history: Kate dons emerald choker famously worn as a HEADBAND by Diana during 1985 Australia tour 

 

The Princess of Wales incorporated an iconic piece of royal jewelry into her Earthshot Prize Awards outfit tonight.

Kate, 40, attended the awards with her husband Prince William, 40, who created the prize.

As part of her eco-friendly outfit, which includes a dress rented from HURR, rather than bought, she recycled a piece of historic jewellery.

The emerald and diamond choker, which matches the green theme of Kate’s outfit, used to belong to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana, who once famously wore the piece as a headband.

She was photographed wearing the necklace around her head during the 1985 tour of Australia she undertook with then-husband, Prince Charles.

The royal donned the unusual headgear while attending a gala dinner dance at the Southern Cross Hotel on October 31, 1985 in Melbourne.

According to reports, the look emerged from a happy accident: the royal tried to pull it on over her head, but couldn’t pull it over her nose, allegedly prompting her to comment: ‘My honker’s too big.’

But Canadian diplomat Victor Chapman, who was present, recommended she wear the piece as it was, describing the look as ‘young and fun, like you’.

Five winners were announced at the evening’s ceremony – one for each of the categories on offer at the event: Clean our Air, Protect and Restore Nature, Revive our Oceans, Build a Waste-free World, and Fix our Climate. Each of the five winners was given a $1.2 million (£1 million). 

In the waste-free category, a finalist from the UK was chosen as the winner: Notpla Hard Material – a start-up run by Pierre Paslier and Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez in London. 

The makes packaging from seaweed and plants as an alternative to single-use plastic, and has already produced more than one million biodegradable takeaway food boxes for the firm Just Eat.

The Air winner was Kenya-based start-up Mukuru Clean Stoves, which provides cleaner-burning stoves to women in the country to reduce unhealthy indoor pollution, while the Ocean winner was an Australian initiative called  Indigenous Women of the Great Barrier Reef.

India’s Khetyi – which works with local smallholder farmers to reduce costs, increase yields and protect livelihoods – was selected as the winner for Nature, while 44.01, from Oman, topped the Climate category with its unique technology that turns CO2 into rock.  

Several of the event’s A-list guests were seen arriving at the venue ahead of the Prince and Princess, including Shailene, Ellie Goulding, Halle and Chloe Bailey, Rami, and Schitt’s Creek star Catherine O’Hara.  

The evening was also given some political cache in the form of former Presidential candidate and Utah Senator Mitt Romney, who arrived at the gala event with his wife – whose arrival at the MGM Music Hall came just an hour after Prince William met with President Joe Biden.  

Malek,41, who presented one of the awards, said he had been inspired to support Earthshot after meeting William at the premiere of Bond movie No Time to Die in September last year.

‘I applaud him, Prince William, and everyone who can come together to find innovative solutions to help resolve this global crisis because it can be resolved when we all put our minds together,’ he said. 

Malek also revealed how he first got involved in the Earthshot initiative, after William asked him to support the program at the Bond premiere at the Royal Albert Hall – and adding that he was particularly motivated to get on board after hearing that the Prize was inspired by late President John F. Kennedy’s Moonshot challenge. 

‘We first broached the subject at the Bond premiere,’ the actor continued. 

‘I was just so impressed with the spirit he put forward. And speaking with Sir David Attenborough and [William’s] affinity to the Moonshot and what President Kennedy did.

‘I grew up being very inspired by President Kennedy so we had a discussion about that. There were, of course, some great quotes that came from that man — the one that stuck with me was, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.”

The actor said he and William chatted again a ‘few weeks ago’ when they ‘had a long discussion’ about climate change.

The Prince and Princess also spent some time chatting with Ellie Goulding, who was wearing a dazzling two-piece outfit

The Prince and Princess also spent some time chatting with Ellie Goulding, who was wearing a dazzling two-piece outfit

The Prince and Princess also spent some time chatting with Ellie Goulding, who was wearing a dazzling two-piece outfit

Ellie looked to be having a very passionate conversation with the Prince of Wales

Ellie looked to be having a very passionate conversation with the Prince of Wales

Rami Malek,41, who was also seen chatting with the couple, said he had been inspired to support Earthshot after meeting William at the premiere of Bond movie No Time to Die in September last year

Rami Malek,41, who was also seen chatting with the couple, said he had been inspired to support Earthshot after meeting William at the premiere of Bond movie No Time to Die in September last year

'I appreciate what Prince William¿s doing. In the next 10 years I think the impact will be staggering. We can really affect change in the greatest way with these innovators who are being awarded this evening,' Rami said before the event

‘I appreciate what Prince William’s doing. In the next 10 years I think the impact will be staggering. We can really affect change in the greatest way with these innovators who are being awarded this evening,’ Rami said before the event

The Bohemian Rhapsody star appeared to be keeping the couple very entertained during their chat

The Bohemian Rhapsody star appeared to be keeping the couple very entertained during their chat

Malek said: ‘[The event] means the world to me. It means the world to all of us. It’s the greatest crisis of our lifetime. 

‘I appreciate what Prince William’s doing. In the next 10 years I think the impact will be staggering. We can really affect change in the greatest way with these innovators who are being awarded this evening. 

‘It could easily be thought of as something that’s pessimistic, gloom and doom, and Earthshot’s taken a way to flip it on its head and say, ‘Let’s inspire people to come up with the greatest solutions we can to save this planet.’ 

‘This is the greatest crisis we will ever love with and hopefully we can find a way to beat it.’

Malek also expressed admiration for the way in which William and Kate encouraged all attendees at the event to wear re-used outfits, noting that he felt it was just one of many indications that the Earthshot Prize gala had been ‘well considered’. 

‘[The sustainability theme] makes you think about every thing we’re doing,’ she said. 

‘We’re all re-using our outfits in our line of work. I appreciate that. It’s been extremely well considered and well thought of and hopefully influences the way we continue through our day to day.’

He added: ‘It sounds like a cliche but it is the only time we’re going to have to make this possible.’

Guests were all asked to wear environmentally-conscious clothing as well as limiting their travel and offsetting their carbon emissions.

Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo wore a long black dress by environmental campaigner and designer Vivienne Westwood, whom she praised on the green carpet, saying: ‘She has been very, very vocal about protecting the planet over the years.’

Shailene Woodley (center) and Catherine took a moment to speak with William and Kate

Shailene Woodley (center) and Catherine took a moment to speak with William and Kate  

They paused backstage to speak with singer Chloe Bailey - one half of the sister singing duo Chloe x Halle, who performed Nina Simone's Feeling Good on-stage at the soiree

They paused backstage to speak with singer Chloe Bailey – one half of the sister singing duo Chloe x Halle, who performed Nina Simone’s Feeling Good on-stage at the soiree

Once inside, the pair were seen being escorted through the crowded room, which was filled with celebrity guests and finalists vying for one of five prizes on offer during the evening

Once inside, the pair were seen being escorted through the crowded room, which was filled with celebrity guests and finalists vying for one of five prizes on offer during the evening 

During his speech, William urged  the attendees to take inspiration from the winners and finalists profiled during the event in order to find their own ways to address climate change

During his speech, William urged  the attendees to take inspiration from the winners and finalists profiled during the event in order to find their own ways to address climate change

He ended the evening with a note of optimism, saying: 'The decisions we make now will affect generations to come, which is why we must choose the path of hope, optimism, and urgency to repair our planet'

He ended the evening with a note of optimism, saying: ‘The decisions we make now will affect generations to come, which is why we must choose the path of hope, optimism, and urgency to repair our planet’

Sisters Chloe and Halle also praised William and Kate for their support for green causes, with Chloe saying: ‘We’re just so pleased this is about the environment.’

All of the attendees were met with rising excitement from the crowds of people gathered outside the event – some of whom brandished welcome signs for William and Kate, another indication of the couple’s enduring popularity in the US, even amid ongoing royal controversy.  

Certainly, William and Kate need this evening’s event to go off without a hitch. While much pressure was already being placed on the gala that weight increased tenfold in the wake of the controversies that have overshadowed the couple’s US tour. 

Before the couple had even touched down in the US, a furious race row had erupted in the UK after the Prince’s own godmother, Lady Susan Hussey, was accused of making racist comments to black domestic abuse campaigner Ngozi Fulani at a Buckingham Palace event.

Then on Thursday, the first full day of their tour, Prince Harry and Meghan dropped a trailer for the bombshell Netflix documentary, which hinted at fresh attacks on the Monarchy – and was described by insiders as a ‘declaration of war’ on the Waleses and the royal family. 

While the Prince and Princess of Wales have not faltered in their engagements thus far, remaining cool, calm and collected, at least on the surface, behind-the-scenes, the Monarchy is grappling with two large scandals, both of which have unfolded during the couple’s first US trip in eight years.

On Tuesday night, hours before William and Kate touched down at Boston Logan International Airport, the Prince’s own godmother, Lady Susan Hussey, sparked a furious race row when she was accused of making racist comments to black domestic abuse campaigner Ngozi Fulani at a Buckingham Palace event.

Shailene Woodley and Ellie Goulding pulled out all the style stops as they attended Prince William and Kate's Earthshot Prize gala in Boston this evening

Shailene Woodley and Ellie Goulding pulled out all the style stops as they attended Prince William and Kate's Earthshot Prize gala in Boston this evening

Shailene Woodley and Ellie Goulding pulled out all the style stops as they attended Prince William and Kate’s Earthshot Prize gala in Boston this evening 

David Beckham was announced as a last-minute addition to the presenting line-up today

David Beckham was announced as a last-minute addition to the presenting line-up today

Annie Lennox put on a very dynamic display on the 'green carpet' at the event - where guests were encouraged to wear outfits that were re-used, recycled, vintage, or second-hand in keeping with the eco-friendly theme of the evening

Annie Lennox put on a very dynamic display on the 'green carpet' at the event - where guests were encouraged to wear outfits that were re-used, recycled, vintage, or second-hand in keeping with the eco-friendly theme of the evening

Annie Lennox put on a very dynamic display on the ‘green carpet’ at the event – where guests were encouraged to wear outfits that were re-used, recycled, vintage, or second-hand in keeping with the eco-friendly theme of the evening

A host of celebrities turned out to support the Prince and Princess of Wales at the Earthshot Prize gala this evening, with Halle Bailey - star of Disney's upcoming live-action version of The Little Mermaid - and her sister Chloe among the first to arrive

A host of celebrities turned out to support the Prince and Princess of Wales at the Earthshot Prize gala this evening, with Halle Bailey – star of Disney’s upcoming live-action version of The Little Mermaid – and her sister Chloe among the first to arrive 

As William and Kate were mid-flight, their Kensington Palace spokesperson issued a statement condemning the ‘unacceptable’ comments made by Lady Hussey – who resigned from her role in the royal household – however the controversy has already cast a bleak shadow over what was meant to be a ‘Super Bowl’ moment for the Prince.

Then, on Wednesday morning – the first full day of engagements for the pair – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle dropped the trailer for their bombshell Netflix documentary in a move that has been described as a ‘declaration of war’ by Palace insiders.

The teaser trailer dispelled any hopes that the Sussexes are willing to work towards a ceasefire in their acrimonious battle with the Royal Family.

As well as including dozens of supposedly private pictures from their family album, the footage includes a voiceover from Harry saying gravely, ‘no-one sees what’s happening behind closed doors’ over a black and white picture of his wife on an armchair, apparently crying.

The film then immediately cuts away to a shot focusing on a pinched-looking William and Kate at the 2019 Commonwealth Service in London, with the Sussexes sitting meekly behind them.

The message, say royal sources, is unmistakable. ‘I don’t see how anyone could view it as anything other than a declaration of war,’ said one.

However, William and Kate have pushed on with their tour through it all, seemingly remaining steadfastly cool and calm – and all the while with wide smiles on their faces whenever they have been in front of the cameras.

Yesterday afternoon, their composure was put to the test once again when they came face-to-face with an African-American Reverend who gave a lecture about the ‘legacy of colonialism’ at their Earthshot launch on Wednesday – just hours after news of the Buckingham Palace race row emerged.

Schitt's Creek star Catherine O'Hara was one of the first stars to arrive at Prince William and Kate's glitzy Earthshot Prize gala in Boston this evening

Schitt’s Creek star Catherine O’Hara was one of the first stars to arrive at Prince William and Kate’s glitzy Earthshot Prize gala in Boston this evening 

Rami Malek was also among the earliest arrivals at the gala, where he is due to present an award

Rami Malek was also among the earliest arrivals at the gala, where he is due to present an award

Lost star Daniel Dae Kim was also in attendance, accompanied by his wife, Mia

Lost star Daniel Dae Kim was also in attendance, accompanied by his wife, Mia

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney added some political cache to the evening as he arrived with his wife Ann - just one hour after Prince William met with President Joe Biden

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney added some political cache to the evening as he arrived with his wife Ann – just one hour after Prince William met with President Joe Biden

The Prince and Princess of Wales came together with Reverend Mariama White-Hammond for their third official engagement on Thursday, which saw them visiting Boston Harbor Defenses despite the biting cold to learn about the impact of rising sea levels on the city’s shoreline.

If the couple felt any awkwardness at being reunited with Reverend White-Hammond – who urged the crowds at their Earthshot Prize launch on Wednesday to ‘consider the legacy of colonialism and racism’ as the Prince and Princess watched on from the wings – they did not allow it to show on their faces.

Although insiders insisted that Kate and William were ‘determined’ not to get side-tracked from their mission to launch the Prince’s Earthshot Prize awards in the US, the issues of race and equality were quickly brought to the forefront of the event by Reverend White-Hammond’s speech.

Just minutes before William and Kate took to the podium at the launch event, the Reverend, who serves as the city’s Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space, gave a strong speech in which she told the crowd to ‘consider the legacy of colonialism and racism’, particularly when it comes to their impact on climate change.

She continued: ‘The ways it has impacted people across the world and its connection, its deep connection to the degradation of land and our planet that we are all seeking to reverse.

‘The stories lost, the species made extinct, but also the persistence of people in the face of oppression and the fundamental dignity of all of our relations.’

Although no mention was made about Lady Susan, who was accused of making racist comments to black domestic abuse campaigner Ngozi Fulani at a Buckingham Palace event on Tuesday night, few could fail to connect the controversy with Reverend White-Hammond’s remarks.

Vegan makeup, BURLAP decor… and recycled outfits for the royal hosts: Inside Prince William and Kate’s VERY eco-friendly plans for glitzy Earthshot Prize gala – as they share behind-the-scenes glimpse at their prep for the star-studded event 

  • The Prince of Wales will host his second inaugural Earthshot Prize ceremony in Boston tonight
  • His glitzy, star-studded event will be attended by the likes of Billie Eilish, Annie Lennox, and Rami Malek
  • The Earthshot Prize is meant to highlight some of the leading climate change innovations and solutions
  • In keeping with that theme, William and Kate have implemented several eco-friendly steps in their planning of the event – from using largely vegan makeup to recycling the ‘green carpet’ at the end of the night
  • Ahead of the event, the couple shared a series of black-and-white photos from their preparations for the gala
  • It marks the final engagement in the Prince and Princess of Wales’ three-day US tour – which has been marred by controversy amid the Buckingham Palace race row and Harry and Meghan’s Netflix trailer release

BY REBECCA ENGLISH, ROYAL EDITOR IN BOSTON FOR MAILONLINE AND CHARLIE LANKSTON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

It has been hailed as Prince William’s ‘Super Bowl’ moment – and the royal seems determined to ensure that his glitzy, eco-friendly Earthshot Prize gala is nothing short of a triumphant touchdown.

On the surface, the star-studded event has all the trappings of a glamorous Hollywood awards show, from its very well-publicized build-up to its list of celebrity guests, which includes the likes of Billie Eilish, Annie Lennox and Rami Malek.

But while William and Kate are no doubt hoping that the A-list crowd will help to draw positive attention to their event – which is taking place under the shadow of Buckingham Palace’s race row and in the wake of Prince Harry and Meghan’s bombshell Netflix trailer drop – they are also very eager to ensure that not a single foot is put out of line as far as the gala’s eco-friendly theme is concerned.

To that end, the couple – who today amplified the hype surrounding the event by releasing a series of artsy black-and-white images of themselves preparing for it – has implemented a host of very ‘green’ measures for the evening’s soiree, from wearing ‘recycled’ outfits on the red carpet to using burlap decor and a re-used green carpet.

Prince William and Kate Middleton shared a glimpse at some of their last-minute preparations for the gala on Instagram today

Prince William and Kate Middleton shared a glimpse at some of their last-minute preparations for the gala on Instagram today 

In the artsy black-and-white photos, the Princess of Wales is seen strutting across a lit-up stage surrounded by greenery, while her husband is pictured chatting with organizers

In the artsy black-and-white photos, the Princess of Wales is seen strutting across a lit-up stage surrounded by greenery, while her husband is pictured chatting with organizers 

In short, the Earthshot Prize – and its accompanying TV broadcast – are intended to be one of the greenest televised events in history. 

Even before the guests arrive at the gala they will have been given a very green dose of eco-friendly advice and rules to follow, with attendees encouraged to ‘consider their clothing’ for the occasion and opt for ensembles that can be re-used, or have already been purchased second-hand.

Eco-friendly Earthshot! William and Kate go all-out for environmental gala 

  • Three acres of locally-grown plants will be displayed at the event – and will be donated to community organizations after the gala 
  • Pots will be ‘wrapped in burlap’ to ensure they are as green as possible 
  • Guests are encouraged to ‘consider their clothing’ and wear re-used, vintage, or second-hand outfits 
  • Vegan and cruelty-free makeup is being used
  • Any catering provided will be vegetarian or vegan and locally sourced
  • Attendees will walk down a ‘green carpet’, which has been re-used from last year’s event – and will recycled after tonight’s gala
  • All lighting fixtures will be LED Battery-operated and no gasoline will be used 
  • Any unavoidable flights have been recorded and the CO2e impacts were calculated and balanced via a ‘book & claim’ scheme using Sustainable Aviation Fuel 
  • All talent transportation in Boston is electric/hybrid
  • Single use plastics have been banned across all elements of the production 

Travel plans for guests have also been given environmental updates: all transportation being used with Boston is electric or hybrid and any ‘unavoidable’ flights that were taken have been ‘recorded and the CO2e impacts were calculated and balanced’.

Even William and Kate jetted into the US on a commercial British Airways flight – no doubt hoping to avoid the controversy that has plagued the Sussexes over their repeated use of private jets, despite the couple professing themselves to be environmentalists.

Then, upon their arrival at the event, guests will be treated to a host of ecologically-minded measures, from the plant-focused decor to the vegan and vegetarian-only catering options.

Instead of a red carpet for the stars to walk down, last year’s green carpet is being re-used – and it will be recycled afterwards.

The entryway and the event itself will feature over three acres of plants, including New England-grown evergreen and deciduous trees- ‘all native and grown locally,’ explained Earthshot’s new CEO Hannah Jones, formerly Nike’s first chief sustainability officer.

All the flowers are also grown locally within a 100 mile radius of the MGM Music Hall in Boston. Most are ‘root ball’ plants, wrapped in burlap, to stay as green as possible and will be donated to local community-based organization after the show.

BBC Studios, who are staging the event and won a BAFTA for last year’s show, have flown over just 10 members of staff out of a crew of 150, hiring local firms instead.

No gas lighting will be used with all fixtures being LED battery-operated and charged locally in Massachusetts.

The stars’ hotel is walking distance from the venue and everyone is being encouraged to either use the tram or take a fleet of electrically-powered and hybrid taxis.

Even the make-up being used is largely vegan and certified cruelty-free, while the food being served to stars and crew is plant-based – and there is a ban on single-used plastics.

Ms Jones said: ‘We are an environmental organization and will assiduously strive to think about our own environmental impact with everything we do.’

‘We are encouraging everyone that is coming to the awards to take the lowest carbon impact option possible. What isn’t will be offset.’


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