It’s been eight years since Prince William and Princess Kate visited the United States. When they last visited the United States, in December 2014, Prince William was not even a full-time working royal.
His brother, Prince Harry, was still single, and his future bride, Meghan Markle, was just a “Suits” actress.
But when William and Kate, the new Prince and Princess of Wales since Queen Elizabeth’s death on September 8 and Prince Charles’ ascension to the throne, arrive in Boston on Wednesday to present the Earthshot Prize, they have a clear mission: to demonstrate how much things have changed. And to become the royal family’s number-one couple.
Although palace sources are quick to point out that William and Kate’s trip to the United States is not an official tour.
There is a lot riding on the three-day trip, especially since Harry and Meghan will fly to New York on December 6, just four days after Kate and William leave the country, to accept the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope award.
One well-placed royal insider revealed that the brothers’ opposite missions mean a lot, “It’s not bad to receive an award, but it shows the fundamental difference between [William and Kate] — who have constitutional roles, who are working on behalf of others — versus being a celebrity.
“They were always famous, but now they’re reached a different stage in their public lives — they’re different types of figures.”
Harry and Meghan are receiving the Kennedy award for exemplifying “moral courage” in the face of injustice, according to Kerry Kennedy, RFK’s daughter.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021 tarnished the royal family by painting a bleak picture of their time behind palace walls, even accusing senior royals of racism.