‘Irony’ of US awards unveiled amid Prince William and Harry feud

Prince William and Kate seen as 'real royalty' in US says host

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The Prince and Princess of Wales will undertake a series of royal engagements in Boston in the lead up to the second annual Earthshot Prize awards ceremony on Friday. Just days later, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will receive the Ripple of Hope award during a gala in New York City. The two brothers reportedly have no plans to meet as relations between the pair remain frosty following Prince Harry’s step back from royal duties and later criticism of the Royal Family. Royal commentator Jennie Bond has highlighted the “irony” of both Prince William and Prince Harry’s involvement in awards relating to another pair of famous brothers, John and Robert Kennedy.

Reflecting on the relationship between the royal brothers, Ms Bond said: “There is this irony that in a few days time, Meghan and Harry are going to be going to the East Coast themselves to accept an award [linked to] JFK’s brother – Robert Kennedy.

“It’s very ironic. There are two brothers, Robert was much in the shadow I suppose, of JFK, his elder brother, for many many years.

“And, we have these two warring royal princes. One is launching the second lot of his Earthshot Prizes, the second, Harry, is accepting an award alongside Meghan for standing up against what is said to be structural racism within the Royal Family.

“Two very different awards and it’s going to stir up a lot of feelings, once again.”  

Prince William established the Earthshot Prize in 2020 as an environmental initiative set to reward innovators in sustainability and conservation.

The name of the prize is a reference to former US President John F. Kennedy’s ambitious “Moonshot” plan to land American astronauts on the Moon.

The official site of the environmental scheme declares the Earthshot Prize takes “inspiration” from John F. Kennedy’s goals, which “united millions of people” and “catalysed” the development of new technology.

The Prince and Princess of Wales will attend the awards ceremony on Friday, where five winners will be awarded from a pool of 15 global finalists.

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Also on the East Coast of the United States, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit New York City to receive an award from the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organisation.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be handed the Ripple of Hope award in recognition of their “social impact” work, largely through their nonprofit Archewell Foundation.

Kerry Kennedy, President of the human rights organisation and daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, said: “The couple has always stood out for their willingness to speak up and change the narrative on racial justice and mental health around the world.”

Ms Kennedy has proclaimed that the Duke and Duchess took a “heroic” stance against structural racism by standing up against “the oldest institution in UK history”.

The decision to reward Prince Harry and Meghan’s outspoken criticism of the British monarchy has renewed discussion over their controversial 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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While both Prince Harry and Prince William will be in America attending events associated with the Kennedy brothers, Jennie Bond suggested the trip is unlikely to unite the distanced pair.

Speaking of Prince William and Kate’s US trip, Ms Bond said: “There is this rivalry going on between the Meghan and Harry and the William and Katherine crowd. A lot of the publicity is about the sibling rivalry. 

“Will they meet? Well, no – there are absolutely no plans for the two brothers to meet.”

Neither the Sussexes nor the Prince and Princess of Wales have outlined any formal plans for a reunion in the US and their respective engagements in New York and Boston will mean the couples will remain some 200 miles apart.

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