Could a royal reunion be on the cards in 2022?
That’s the hope following an announcement from Prince William that his Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony for next year will be held in the United States.
His brother, Prince Harry, lives in California with wife Meghan and their two children Archie and Lilibet.
The inaugural ceremony was held overnight at the Alexandra Palace in London, with five prizes worth $1.8 million AUD given to those trying to save the planet.
Along with the cash prize comes the promise of “professional and technical support” to scale up the winning innovations.
The Earthshot Prize – Prince William‘s most ambitious project yet – aims to inspire innovative solutions to the most pressing environmental challenges currently facing the planet.
Speaking on stage the Duke of Cambridge announced the event would move to the US next year.
“Now, I hope you agree, that London and the UK has put on quite a show for our first year,” Prince William told the audience made up of celebrities and special guests including Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay.
“So for the second year, we need to pass the baton to a country whose leadership is essential for all five of our Earthshots.
“Where better than the nation that inspired the Moonshot all those years ago?
“I’m delighted to announce that The Earthshot Prize will be heading to the United States of America in 2022.”
The announcement could see the brothers reuniting on stage at next year’s event, if the Cambridges choose to travel across the pond.
William and Harry last attended an event together on July 1 when they jointly unveiled a statue of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, at Kensington Palace.
Prince Harry and Meghan have chosen not to attend a party held in Princess Diana’s honour at Kensington Palace this week. The celebration is expected to be attended by Prince William and some of Diana’s friends, former staff and Spencer family members.
The gathering, for 100 guests, is to thank donors who helped fund the statue of Diana installed within the Sunken Garden on what would have been her 60th birthday.
Chances of Harry and Meghan flying to England for their daughter’s christening is also looking increasingly unlikely, with new reports suggesting the baptism could be held in California.
But the issue of saving the planet could be the cause that brings William and Harry back together. Both brothers have been inspired by their father Prince Charles and grandfather Prince Philip who each have spent years encouraging people and governments to reduce their carbon footprint.
Guests at the first ever Earthshot Prize Awards were asked not to buy anything new for the event and the Duchess of Cambridge lead the charge by wearing a 10-year-old Alexander McQueen gown.
Actress Emma Thompson chose a Stella McCartney suit she wore when she received her damehood from Prince William in 2018, while Emma Watson wore a dress made from 10 different gowns from Oxfam.
Performances at the event were powered by 60 cyclists pedalling on bikes while the menu offered vegan and vegetarian meals only.
The inaugural winners of the prize include the country of Costa Rica, an Indian organisation that creates fuel from agricultural waste and a coral farming group in the Bahamas.
The Nobel-like award was founded by the Duke of Cambridge and renowned British naturalist David Attenborough in early 2020.
Costa Rica won for its scheme to pay local citizens to protect and restore rainforests and local eco-systems, a system that the prize committee credits for having already reversed decades of deforestation.
Indian organisation Takachar’s innovation was a technology that attaches to tractors and reduces smoke emissions by up to 98 per cent while converting the residue into new products.
Coral Vita in the Bahamas won for its method of accelerating coral regrowth by growing it first on land and then replanting on depleted underwater reefs.
The entire city of Milan was recognised for “Food Hubs” approach to reducing food waste and distributing to the needy food that would be otherwise be wasted by restaurants and supermarkets.
And a Thai, German and Italian group won for its AEM Electrolyser, a technology that turns renewable electricity into emission-free hydrogen gas.
The winners were announced during the glittering awards ceremony in what Kensington Palace called “the most sustainable event of its kind.”
“We are alive in the most consequential time in human history — the actions we choose or choose not to take in the next 10 years will determine the fate of the planet for the next thousand,” William said in a short film recorded in the London Eye for the awards ceremony.
“A decade doesn’t seem long, but humankind has an outstanding record of being able to solve the unsolvable.”
William continued that “many of the answers are already out there… but we need everyone — from all parts of society — to raise their ambition and unite in repairing our planet.”
“The future is ours to determine. And if we set our minds to it, nothing is impossible,” he added.
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