NEW YORK ― Prince William spoke about his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday, in his first assertion because the sovereign’s funeral earlier this week.
In a prerecorded speech, the Prince of Wales addressed viewers members on the 2022 Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit in New York Metropolis, saying that environmentalism “was a cause close to my grandmother’s heart.”
“Although it is the saddest of circumstances that means I cannot join you in person today, I am pleased to be able to join you in video form,” he stated.
“During this time of grief, I take great comfort in your continued enthusiasm, optimism and commitment to The Earthshot Prize and what we are trying to achieve,” stated William, who launched the environmental awards on the flip of 2019 to 2020.
“Protecting the environment was a cause close to my grandmother’s heart, and I know she would have been delighted to hear about this event,” the royal added, noting that he and Kate Middleton “are so excited to be coming to Boston in December, and we look forward to seeing you all very soon” for the awards ceremony.
William was as a consequence of attend Wednesday’s occasion in individual, earlier than the demise of Elizabeth on Sept. 8
The royal household continues to be observing a interval of mourning, which extends seven days previous the queen’s funeral. Regardless of the royal mourning interval, it was “very symbolic” that the prince nonetheless appeared nearly on the occasion, in line with Hannah Jones, the CEO of The Earthshot Prize.
“Obviously this has been a very, very hard time for him and his family, but I think you should take it as very symbolic that the first thing he does post coming out of mourning for the nation is to engage here,” Jones advised HuffPost at The Plaza Lodge, the place the summit came about.
“This is in the legacy of the queen — Her Majesty, his grandmother. It’s the legacy of his grandfather,” Jones stated, referencing the late Prince Philip.
“It is what his father [King Charles III] has worked on, what he now is working on. They think long-term. Prince William thinks about generations ahead,” she added, describing the Prince of Wales as “heavily engaged and determined and motivated” and a “huge source of energy” to these at Earthshot.
Jones’ feedback echoed these of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. His group Bloomberg Philanthropies partnered with Earthshot for the summit, which aimed to “drive impact around systems-changing climate solutions.”
Bloomberg stated he’d lately spoken with the royal and knew “how much he wanted to be here today.”
“But there is no better way to honor the extraordinary life of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth than by gathering here in support of work that he is leading on an issue that meant so much to her,” he stated to a spherical of applause, calling the worldwide initiative “a testament to the legacy of Queen Elizabeth.”
“I know Prince William and King Charles are both determined to extend that legacy,” he added.
The Earthshot Prize takes its title and inspiration from former President John F. Kennedy’s well-known drive to land a person on the moon within the Nineteen Sixties.
The prince’s environmental awards initiative is “designed to incentivise change and help to repair our planet over the next ten years.” 5 winners are every awarded 1 million kilos ($1.1 million) yearly for his or her progressive options and concepts.
The 2022 awards are set to happen Dec. 2 in Boston, in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Library Basis, Mayor Michelle Wu and town itself.
Actor Matt Damon, who spoke on the New York summit and is from Boston, touted his hometown’s sustainability efforts and known as it “the greatest city in America.”
“Sorry Mr. Mayor,” Damon stated with a smile as he turned to Bloomberg, including: “The [Boston Red] Sox are doing terrible. I’ve got to say something.”
The December occasion shall be a “sustainably produced awards ceremony featuring some of the biggest names in music, activism and entertainment,” stated Jones, the Earthshot Prize CEO, in her opening remarks on the summit.
The group is cognizant of its footprint and can attempt to mitigate it for the awards present, she stated.
“We won’t be perfect. Nobody’s perfect. This is the journey of sustainability: It’s about a journey of progress,” she added. “But our objective is to always make sure that we’re embedding sustainable thinking into everything we do.”