William & Kate - live: Prince and princess have no plans to meet Harry and Meghan on Boston trip, report says

Prince William and his wife Kate arrive in the US on Wednesday for their first trip abroad since the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the ascension to the throne of King Charles III.

The Prince and Princess of Wales, as they are now titled, have not visited America since 2014 when they attended events in New York City and Washington, DC.

They will visit Boston, primarily to attend an awards ceremony for the Earthshot environmental prize the prince set up. The royal couple will also visit the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum where they will meet his daughter Caroline Kennedy.

The media spotlight of what is billed as a royal trip rather than a more traditional tour will be more intense as the heir to the throne’s California-based younger brother Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle will be in New York a few days later.

They will be honoured for their commitment to social change at the Robert F Kennedy Ripple of Hope Awards, which comes ahead of the release of a Netflix documentary and a revealing memoir by the prince. There are reportedly no plans for the couples to meet.

What is on the agenda for the prince and princess?

Who is performing at the Earthshot Prize Awards?

20:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Megan Graye reports on who will perform and be seen at the star-studded Earthshot Prize Awards in Boston on Friday night.

Who’s performing at the Earthshot Prize 2022?

Prince William takes neutral stance in home nations World Cup clash

20:38 , Oliver O'Connell

The Prince of Wales has taken a neutral stance in a social media post about the crunch World Cup game between England and Wales, after previously saying he could not drop his support for the English team.

William and the Princess of Wales’s official Twitter page posted the message “Here we go…may the best team win!” in English and Welsh ahead of Tuesday’s game in Qatar.

Prince William takes neutral stance in home nations World Cup clash

No plans for royal couples to meet in US, report says

20:23 , Oliver O'Connell

The Prince and Princess of Wales and Duke and Duchess of Sussex will likely not meet this week despite their potentially overlapping trips to the east coast of the US, ET reports, citing a source close to William and Kate.

Just over a month ago, Us Weeklyreported that the princess was keen on the four reuniting in New York City during their December visits, after she and the prince visited Boston, and while Harry and Meghan are there for the Robert F Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award Gala.

“Once Kate and William’s Boston plans are set in stone, she’s [Kate] planning to extend an olive branch to Meghan in a bid to reunite the brothers and heal the rift,” a source told the magazine in mid-October.

“Harry and Meghan are knee-deep with their hectic schedules, but Meghan is willing to put in the effort as long as dates don’t clash,” the source added. Kate’s hope to mend the group’s strained relationship stems from what she believes the late Queen and Princess Diana “would’ve wanted” for them.

William, Harry, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton pictured in November 2018 (Getty Images)
William, Harry, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton pictured in November 2018 (Getty Images)

Sibling unease dogs royal trip to US

19:25 , Oliver O'Connell

Prince William and the Princess of Wales will be looking to focus attention on their Earthshot Prize for environmental innovators when they make their first visit to the US in eight years this week, a trip likely to be dogged by tensions with Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, who have criticized Britain’s royal family in the American media.

William and his wife, Catherine, will travel to Boston on Wednesday for three days of public engagements before announcing the prize winners on Friday.

Read more via The Associated Press’s Danica Kirka.

Sibling unease dogs Prince William's 'Earthshot' US trip

Police investigated ‘disgusting’ and ‘credible’ threats against Meghan Markle

18:56 , Oliver O'Connell

Police have investigated many “disgusting” and “very real” threats to the Duchess of Sussex, the former head of counter-terror policing has said.

There has “absolutely” been a genuine threat to Meghan Markle’s life on multiple occasions, and people have been prosecuted as a result, said Neil Basu, the most senior police officer of colour in the country.

Andy Gregory reports.

‘Disgusting’ plots against Meghan Markle investigated by police

Where will the Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony be held?

18:25 , Oliver O'Connell

The glamorous awards ceremony, which is being held in partnership with the John F Kennedy Foundation, will take place at Boston’s MGM Music Hall.

The Earthshot Prize was inspired by the former US president’s “Moonshot” challenge in 1962, which aimed to land a man on the moon within 10 years. This was achieved by Neil Armstrong and Edin “Buzz” Aldrin in 1969.

Among those performing at the ceremony are Billie Eilish, Annie Lennox, Chloe x Halle and Ellie Goulding. Radio host Clara Amfo is co-hosting the awards for the second year running, alongside actor Daniel Dae Kim.

What’s on the agenda for the royal couple?

17:55 , Oliver O'Connell

It might be a short trip, but the royal couple has plenty packed in before the Earthshot Prize Ceremony on Friday night.

William and Kate will be welcomed at Boston City Hall by Mayor of Boston, Michelle Wu, before visiting the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum with Ambassador Caroline Kennedy.

They will also see the work being done by local organisations to mitigate the risk of rising sea levels, a threat faced by the coastal city of Boston. The couple is set to spend time learning about some of the “green technologies” being developed in the area when they go to Greentown Labs in Somerville.

In addition to learning about climate-related challenges in Boston, William and Kate will also spend some time meeting with groups who work to support vulnerable members of the local community.

One of the organisations they will learn about is Roca, a non-profit that has been working for nearly 35 years to “bring public systems together in a cohesive approach” to help high-risk young people.

Kate also has a special visit of her own to make while in Boston. She will visit the Centre on the Developing Child at Harvard University, which is a world leader on research into the lifelong impact of experiences in early childhood.

The Princess is the royal patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance in the UK, as well as Action For Children and several other family and children-focused charities.

Will William and Kate see Harry and Meghan while in the US?

17:43 , Oliver O'Connell

It is not thought that William and Kate will use this visit to the US to see the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but the California-based couple will also be on the east coast just a few days after the Prince and Princess arrive from the UK.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are due to be in New York to accept the Robert F Kennedy Ripple of Hope award for their commitment to social change.

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America prepares to welcome William and Kate

17:32 , Oliver O'Connell

Good afternoon, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the royal visit to Boston by Prince William and Princess Catherine.

The Prince and Princess of Wales will be arriving in Boston on Wednesday ahead of the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony.

The royal couple will spend three days in the city in a trip that will culminate in the star-studded ceremony, which will bring together activists, policymakers and performers to celebrate the 2022 cohort of finalists.

The Earthshot Prize was launched by Prince William in October 2020 to “incentivise change and help to repair our planet over the next 10 years”.

Focusing on five categories described as “simple but ambitious goals for our planet”, the awards will name each winner from a pool of 15 global finalists who will win £1m to scale and support their solutions.

William and Kate’s trip also marks their first US visit since 2014, when they visited New York City as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the titles they held before being granted their current ones following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.