Prince William and Kate arrive at Greentown Labs, Boston’s ‘climatech incubator’
Prince William and Kate kicked off the second day of their US royal tour on Thursday amid a royal racism row and the drop of a headline-grabbing trailer for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new Netflix documentary.
The Prince and Princess of Wales arrived at Greentown Labs, the US largest clean-tech incubator in Boston, Massachusetts around 11am.
The couple landed in Boston on Wednesday, two days ahead of the awards ceremony for the Earthshot Prize, founded by the Prince of Wales to inspire a new generation of climate innovators.
The trip has been overshadowed by a racism scandal that erupted in the UK while they were en route to Boston.
Prince William’s godmother and palace aide, Lady Susan Hussey, was forced to resign after making offensive remarks to a British charity boss. Ngozi Fulani, of Sistah Space, Britain’s leading domestic abuse charity for Black women, detailed a “traumatic” encounter in which she was asked what part of Africa she was from.
Then early on Thursday, Netflix released the first trailer for its exclusive documentary series, Harry and Meghan, in which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex tell their side of several tumultuous years in the public eye.
Charity boss says her authentic African attire led to ‘attack’ from palace aide
The Black charity boss at the centre of the latest royal racism row has said she felt her Rastafarian pride was under attack at the Buckingham Palace event that she almost didn’t attend because of the British Empire’s links to slavery.
Ngozi Fulani described her “auction block moment” — a reference to her enslaved African ancestors who were bought and sold from auction blocks by imperialists — prior to attending a Violence Against Women and Girls reception hosted by Camilla, the Queen Consort, on Tuesday.
Read Nadine White’s full report:
Megan Sheets1 December 2022 17:30
William and Kate meet Boston’s own King’s Guard
A little boy dressed as one of the King’s Guard from Buckingham Palace greeted the Prince and Princess of Wales this morning as they left their first engagement of the day.
Henry Dynov-Teixeira shook hands with the royal couple and presented Kate with a bouquet.
Oliver O’Connell1 December 2022 17:20
The timing of Harry & Meghan’s Netflix trailer is so perfect, it almost seems deliberate
In a new comment piece, The Independent’s Louis Chilton writes:
“Netflix’s documentary has long been teased as Harry and Meghan’s defiant rebuke to the suffocating influence of The Firm. But other than a few juicy specifics, it is unlikely to tell us too much more than what she has already disclosed, and what we should already know to be true. (Reports surfaced, for instance, that Harry and Meghan had sought to soften some of the documentary’s revelations out of respect for the Queen’s death).
“What it will do is chip away at the wall of impunity that has always surrounded the royals, piece by piece.”
Oliver O’Connell1 December 2022 17:13
After rain delay, Caroline Kennedy greeted royal couple
Despite reporting that Caroline Kennedy, US Ambassador to Australia and daughter of President John F Kennedy, had failed to show up to greet the Prince and Princess of Wales, she did manage to make it to the Boston Celtics game to greet the royal couple.
A rainstorm had disrupted her travel plans causing an unexpected delay. Later in the trip she will give them a tour of her father’s presidential library.
Oliver O’Connell1 December 2022 17:01
Teaser released of ‘unprecedented and in-depth’ Netflix docuseries ‘Harry & Meghan’
The first official teaser for Harry & Meghan, the Sussexes’ behind-the-scenes Netflix docuseries, has premiered.
The one-minute trailer, which featured never before seen private photographs of the couple, was released on the second day of the Prince and Princess of Wales’s high-profile trip to the US.
Watch it here in Meredith Clark’s report.
Oliver O’Connell1 December 2022 16:47
Lady Hussey ‘said Harry and Meghan marriage would end in tears’
The book also claims she took a dim view of the marriage. Chelsea Ritschel reports.
Oliver O’Connell1 December 2022 16:28
Watch: Prince William condemns Lady Hussey’s ‘unacceptable’ comments
Prince William has condemned “unacceptable” comments made by his godmother, Lady Susan Hussey, towards a Black charity boss at a Buckingham Palace reception.
The late Queen’s lady-in-waiting repeatedly asked Ngozi Fulani where she was “really” from in an encounter Ms Fulani said was “an abuse.”
Lady Hussey has since resigned.
“Racism has no place in our society, these comments were unacceptable and it is right that the individual concerned has stepped down,” a spokesperson for Kensington Palace said.
Lady Hussey: Prince William condemns ‘unacceptable’ comment made to Ngozi Fulani
Prince William has condemned “unacceptable” comments made by his godmother, Lady Susan Hussey, towards a Black charity boss at a Buckingham Palace reception. The late Queen’s lady-in-waiting repeatedly asked Ngozi Fulani where she was “really” from in an encounter Ms Fulani said was “an abuse.” Lady Hussey has since resigned. “Racism has no place in our society, these comments were unacceptable and it is right that the individual concerned has stepped down,” a spokesperson for Kensington Palace said. Sign up for our newsletters.
Oliver O’Connell1 December 2022 16:09
Prince William and Kate begin second day of Royal Tour after Harry and Meghan release Netflix trailer
Prince William and Kate kicked off the second day of the Royal tour on Thursday amid a Royal racism row and the drop of a headline-grabbing trailer for Prince Harry and Meghan’s new Netflix documentary.
The Prince and Princess of Wales arrived at Greentown Labs, the United States’ largest clean-tech incubator in Boston, Massachusetts around 11am.
Louise Boyle1 December 2022 16:02
Black reverend speaks of ‘legacy of colonialism’ at Earthshot opening
The Prince and Princess of Wales touched down in the US on Wednesday morning, kicking off their first foreign trip since the death of Queen Elizabeth II and first visit to the North American country since 2014.
Before the pair had even begun engaging in official duties, however, the trip centred around an Earthshot Prize ceremony became ensnared by a racism scandal involving members of the couple’s family in an incident at Buckingham Palace.
Echoing the tension of that ongoing row were the remarks about colonialism’s lasting legacy made by Rev Mariama White-Hammond at Boston’s City Hall on Wednesday, said just before Prince William was set to take the stage.
“The ways it has impacted people across the world and its connection, its deep connection to the degradation of land and our planet that we are all seeking to reverse,” Rev White-Hammond, who is Boston’s chief of environment, energy and open space, said.
The Independent’s Johanna Chisholm has more:
Megan Sheets1 December 2022 16:00
What is the Earthshot Prize?
Joe Sommerlad explains how the prize came about.
Oliver O’Connell1 December 2022 15:50