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Prince William name-checks Harry in rare show of unity in Diana statue speech

Prince William name-checks Harry in rare show of unity in Diana statue speech

Last week Prince Harry, 37, missed a Kensington Palace reception to thank donors who gave towards a statue of his late mother Princess Diana. While the Duke of Sussex made it back to the UK for the statue unveiling in July, he stayed put in California with his wife Meghan Markle and their two children for the most recent event.

But despite Harry’s absence from the reception, Prince William took the reins and spoke on behalf of himself and his brother.

Speaking about the speech from Prince William, a source told the Sun: “It was very intimate and sweet.

“There was a real family feel as many of Diana’s 17 godchildren were also there.

“William made a brilliant speech saying thank you from him and Harry and how happy they both were with the statue.

“He mentioned Harry by name.

“The brothers are barely on speaking terms but it’s clear the Princess Di statue has done some good.”

The unveiling of the statue had taken place on what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th anniversary.

The statue was unveiled in the Palace’s Sunken Garden, with both Prince Harry and Prince William in attendance.

READ MORE: Kate brings nanny on holiday with George, Charlotte, Louis

But last week, the reception took place in the Sunken Garden of the Palace – allowing Prince William the chance to thank the friends and donors who were important in the building of the statue.

Prince William – along with Kate, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Prince George – are all on holiday during the kids’ half term break during October.

The royals had been spotted outside the Windsor Suite at Heathrow airport on Thursday afternoon.

As well as the family, their nanny – Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo – was spotted with them as they were at the airport.

Both Prince George and Prince Charlotte are pupils at Thomas’s Battersea and are currently on half-term holiday.

Their half-term holiday is from October 21 to October 29.

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Kate and William much better role models than Meghan and Harry – poll

The Royal Family should also be free to comment on global issues such as climate change, say the majority of people.

The findings show strong support for the Royal Family against constant criticism it faces for commenting on climate change.

The exclusive poll revealed a whopping 42 percent of people said they approve or strongly approve of the royals making comments on social and political matters.

Fewer than one in five still insist on them remaining neutral, with just 19 percent saying they disapprove or strongly disapprove of their views on social and political issues being expressed.

And when asked which couple they view as better role models, a commanding 57 percent chose the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with a mere nine per cent backing the Sussexes.

Our poll comes as the Queen is scheduled to join world leaders at the potentially pivotal COP26 United Nations climate summit which opens in Glasgow next Sunday. It also follows the 95-year-old monarch’s remarks earlier this month about her irritation with those who “talk” but “don’t do”.

And it comes just a week after Prince William’s hugely successful star-studded TV launch of his annual Earthshot Prize during which he called on millions of viewers to “unite in repairing our planet”.

Appearing to slam billionaire space tourists such as Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, the Duke said: “We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live.”

William’s crusade won praise from his father, Prince Charles, a lifelong environmentalist whose own views, once widely derided, have now been firmly embraced by the whole family.

The Prince of Wales declared: “I am very proud of my son, William, for his growing commitment to the environment.”

The US-based Duke and Duchess of Sussex failed to muster much support despite their activism for several causes.

The pair spoke on stage at the Global Citizen Live festival in Central Park, New York last month in a bid to combat poverty.

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Royal Family LIVE: Kate & William may overshadow Harry’s book with ‘high profile’ US tour

The US is hosting William’s Earthshot Prize in 2022 meaning the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are likely to travel across the pond for the event. It comes as the Duke of Sussex, who quit royal duties with Meghan Markle for a new life in California, is set to release a book about his life.

The Sunday Times’ royal editor Roya Nikkhah predicted William and Kate will arrange a tour around the Earthshot Prize awards ceremony.

And Ms Nikkhah added that the timing was “interesting” as Harry releases his tell-all memoirs.

Ms Nikkhah told True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat: “I suspect there may well be a bit of a US tour from The Cambridges to put around [the ceremony], which will be very interesting in the year of Harry releasing his memoirs, which will be big news around the world, particularly in America.”

A source also said a US visit by the Cambridges is “very much on the cards”.

They told Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl: “Team Cambridge is very focused on America and making sure they have a high profile over there.

“The possibility of them making a high profile visit is very much on the cards for next year.

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Kate and William honour Diana at poignant ceremony as Harry’s absence sorely felt

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge held a postponed reception at Kensington Palace to celebrate the artwork of the Princess of Wales that was unveiled to the public last summer. This comes on the same day that the Duchess of Cambridge held everyone’s attention as she made a keynote speech on addiction at a campaign event for the Forward Trust. Prince William, 39, and his wife invited people who made donations towards the statue to their home to thank them for their contributions.

While Harry didn’t make the journey from California for the event he is understood to have been in touch privately with donors who supported the artwork.

The statue depicts the Princess of Wales with a short haircut, dressed in the clothes of the 1990s. The bronze figure, crafted by artist Ian Rank-Broadley, is then circled by three children.

Princess Diana was killed in a car accident in Paris in 1997, five years after her divorce from Prince Charles. At the time, Prince William was 15 years old, and Prince Harry, now 37, was just 12.

However, Prince Harry did not attend the event in honour of his mother, choosing not to fly back to the UK from California.

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Although Tuesday afternoon’s Kensington Palace event was held behind doors out of public view, the Duchess of Cambridge had made a splash with her impassioned speech on the effects of addiction as a patron of the Forward Trust.

She spoke with popular television presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly on the turmoil which families go through when it comes to addiction.

She said: “Even hearing some of the stories today, there’s that feeling that you have to carry that secret alone and actually once you start sharing your stories, people have either experienced it themselves or know someone that’s gone through addiction.”

Then appearing at the more private Kensington Palace event, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were able to examine the statue in the presence of those who had supported the project.

Prince Harry has resided in California with his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, since they stepped back from royal duties in 2020.

Their split from the Royal Family came less than two years after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in 2018, when the Duchess became a member of the Firm.

The royal couple renounced their duties as senior working royals and relocated to Meghan’s home state in the USA.

Since the highly public rift, the Sussexes revealed all in an explosive television interview with American chat show host, Oprah Winfrey.

During the bombshell interview, the Duchess of Sussex claimed one senior member of the Royal Family expressed concerns about what colour their son Archie’s skin, would be when he was born.

Prince Harry refused to divulge which member of the Royal Family had voiced this, but Prince William refuted the allegations after the interview was aired.

The Duke of Cambridge responded that the monarchy was “very much not a racist family.”

The Sussexes first welcomed Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, two, followed by Lilibet Diana earlier this year.

The Duchess of Sussex also confessed details of her worsening mental health following her wedding to Prince Harry and claimed she felt unsupported by the Firm during her pregnancy with Archie.

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Royal POLL: Who should lead UK’s green revolution? Kate and William, Charles or Boris?

On Sunday, Prince William awarded five global thinkers with a £1million grant each, to develop their climate-saving ideas and technologies. The entire ceremony was eco-minded, from asking celebrity guests to choose eco-friendly outfits, to powering music performances with energy produced by cyclists.

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The winners of the awards included The Republic of Costa Rica for its efforts to protect forests and restore ecosystems. Costa Rica’s policy pays citizens to plant trees, reversing decades of deforestation and leading to a boom in ecotourism.

Smaller independent companies were also rewarded, such as Coral Vita, a land-based coral farm in the Bahamas that restores dying coral reefs by growing coral 50 times faster and replanting it on the seafloor.

The Prince dedicated the awards to young people who feel despairing over the future of the climate.

He said: “For too long, we haven’t done enough to protect the planet for your future, but Earthshot is for you.

“In the next ten years we are going to act.

“We are going to find the solutions to repair our planet.”

Kate showed she was equally as passionate about fighting climate change in her speech about preserving wild spaces.

She said: “If we don’t act now, we will permanently destabilize our planet, and we will rob our children of the future they deserve.”

READ MORE: Sussex fans rage as Harry urged to be ‘ashamed’

The Duke and Duchess echoed Prince Charles’s sentiment as he spoke on a lack of global leadership over climate change in a BBC interview released just one week before the Earthshot awards.

Prince Charles said: “I’ve always felt that we’re over-exploiting and damaging nature by not understanding how much we depend on everything that nature provides.”

He added that it’s taken “far too long” for the narrative to change on climate activism, and he expressed a frustration with world leaders.

“They just talk, and the problem is to get action on the ground, which is what I’ve been trying to do for the last 40 years,” he said.

Prince Charles has set up multiple eco-organisations over the years, including the Prince’s Rainforests Project to fight tropical deforestation, and the Prince’s May Day Network which has made over 12,500 pledges to take action on climate change.

Prince Charles has even installed biomass boiler systems to Buckingham Palace and put solar panels on Clarence house and Highgrove’s farm buildings.

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These demands are some of the most forward-thinking green policy the modern world has seen, making Britain a leader in climate change.

But many activists join the Royal Family in arguing that political leaders and business leaders have not done enough and still need to do more.

Currently, Insulate Britain’s protests are ongoing, blocking traffic and demanding that the Prime Minister approve a plan to insulate all houses across the UK, to stop energy wastage.

Do you think Boris Johnson is taking enough responsibility and leadership over the climate emergency? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Prince William rivals Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as Earthshot prize moved to US

Earthshot Prize: Prince William delivers speech

The prize is a “new global prize for the environment, designed to incentivise change and help to repair our planet over the next 10 years”. During the award ceremony, the Duke of Cambridge issued a passionate rallying call for youngsters not to give up hope in this “decisive decade”. He urged people to feel “inspired and to act and demand”.

During his speech, William announced next year’s Earthshot will take place in the US.

He said: “Now I hope you can agree London and the UK has put on quite show for our first year, 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 am delighted to announce the Earthshot prize will be heading to the United States of America in 2022.”

Prince Harry and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge (Image: PA)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Image: Getty)

However, fans of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have mocked William’s move to the US after Harry and Meghan relocated to California after stepping down from the Firm.

One Twitter user, @jozzzaphen, simply wrote: “Knew it.”

Another Twitter user, @Viv_Oyolu, wrote: “He needs to have a ‘signature’ project like Invictus Games, so he can say look, I’m doing something too.”

A third Twitter user, @ThisJavier, added: “Sibling rivalry.

READ MORE: Prince William channels James Bond on the green carpet

Meghan and Harry with William and Kate (Image: Getty)

“Prince Harry: Check out the awesome Invictus Games I created.

“Prince William: Hold my brandy.”

@eily1978 added how they predicted the Duke of Cambridge would go to the US next year.

Tonight’s Earthshot Prize ceremony saw a number of A-list celebrities including Harry Potter star Emma Watson and Dame Emma Thompson.

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Presenting the winning award in the protect and restore nature category to the government of Costa Rica, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, said: “Nature is vital to us all.

“A thriving natural world, regulates our planet, nurtures our physical and mental health and helps feed our families.

“But for too long, we’ve neglected our wild spaces and now we’re facing a number of tipping points.

“If we don’t act now, we will permanently destabilise our planet and we will rob our children of the future they deserve.”

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Sir David Attenborough (Image: PA)

Kate arrived wearing an Alexander McQueen dress made for her in 2011, while her husband wore a dark green velvet blazer and a polo neck which co-host Dermot O’Leary later jokingly described as “looking very Bond”.

No stars flew to London for the event and guests were asked by organisers to “consider the environment when choosing their outfit” for the awards inspired by the Apollo moon landings, nicknamed Moonshot, which helped advance mankind’s technological achievements.

Among the winners were projects restoring coral reefs, redistributing unwanted food to the disadvantage and a project battling the issues contributing to air pollution in India.

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge (Image: PA)

William’s dad, Prince Charles, took to Twitter to comment on the event.

He said: “I am very proud of my son, William, for his growing commitment to the environment and the bold ambition of the Earthshot Prize.

“As a world, we need to come together to inspire, reimagine and build the sustainable future we so desperately need.”

He signed the tweet: “HRH The Prince of Wales”.

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