- Hannah Jones says Prince of Wales is ‘really committed’ to Earthshot award
- Prince William sets up global environmental competition in October 2020
- Was about to travel to New York to attend the Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit
Earthshot Prize CEO reveals how Prince William ‘only sometimes gets more ambitious for change and impact’.
Hannah Jones told People The Prince of Wales, 40, is ‘really committed to this vision’ after launching the first global environmental competition in October 2020.
Inspired by Kennedy’s Moon Shot proposal in the 1960s that placed the first man on the Moon and developed new technology, the Earthshot Prize is set to award £50 million in prizes over 10 years.
William was scheduled to fly to New York on Wednesday to attend the Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit, as the countdown to the awards to be held in the US in December began.
But in a pre-recorded message shown at the meeting, he described the ‘most tragic circumstances’ following the Queen’s death, as she and her family continue to observe a period of mourning for the late monarch.
Earthshot Prize CEO reveals how Prince William (pictured) ‘only ever gets more ambitious to change and impact’
Hannah Jones told PEOPLE that the Prince of Wales (pictured in the Queen’s Committal Service on Monday), 40, is ‘really committed to this vision’ after launching the first global environmental competition in October 2020.
Hannah said: ‘The prince only ever gets more ambitious for change and influence. It’s absolutely fantastic.
‘He’s really committed to this vision, that we should find amazing solutions, spotlight them, reward some. Think of us as catalysts of change.’
‘Prince William often uses sports analogies,’ she said of the royal, who is the president of the Football Association. ‘What really inspires him is the feeling that we are part of a bigger team and that we are working together as a team.’
She noted that the team refers to the Global Alliance Partners of the Earthshot Prize and ‘he means the mayor of the city, he means the government’, and how everyone can come together around a shared vision.
In a message recorded a day after the Queen’s funeral, the Prince of Wales spoke of “great comfort” in the enthusiasm of those who supported the environmental prize he had established.
William was to make a solo trip to the United States on 21 September, where he would have joined past winners of his global environmental competition.
William was scheduled to fly to New York on Wednesday to attend the Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit, as the countdown to the awards to be held in the US in December began. But in a pre-recorded message shown at the meeting (pictured), he described the ‘most tragic circumstances’ following the Queen’s death, as she and her family continue to observe a period of mourning for the late monarch .
In a video recorded at the Windsor estate on Tuesday and broadcast on Wednesday, the prince said he believed the Queen would have been delighted to hear about the summit.
In a virtual message to people gathered in New York for the event, William said: ‘While this saddest circumstance means I cannot join you in person today, I am happy to join you in video form has been In New York for the Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit.’
He continued: ‘During this time of grief, I am greatly comforted by your continued enthusiasm, optimism and commitment to the Earthshot Prize and what we are trying to achieve.
‘Protecting the environment was a cause close to my grandmother’s heart. And I know she will be happy to hear about this event and the support you all are extending to our Earthshot finalists, the next generation of environmental pioneers.’
The royal family is continuing the Queen’s mourning period, which will be observed for seven days after the funeral.
The Prince and Princess of Wales look at the wreath left at the entrance of Queen Elizabeth II’s Norfolk estate, Sandringham House on September 15, 2022
The Earthshot Prize was established by William and his Royal Foundation in 2020, and in July of this year the project became an independent charity headed by the Prince.
The second Earthshot Prize awards ceremony is scheduled to take place in Boston in December, following the opening ceremony at London’s Alexandra Palace last year.
William said both he and the Princess of Wales are “very excited” to visit Boston.
He last visited the US in 2014, when he traveled to New York with Kate, who was then pregnant, for a three-day tour with Princess Charlotte.
In his message, William acknowledged that the world is ‘an uncertain place right now’, noting that many are facing ‘unimaginable challenges – from conflict to energy crises and food shortages’.
He added: ‘While addressing these in the short term, we must also focus on tackling the biggest challenges that threaten our tomorrow.
The second Earthshot Prize awards ceremony is scheduled to take place in Boston in December, following the opening ceremony at London’s Alexandra Palace last year. William said both he and the Princess of Wales are “very excited” to visit Boston. Pictured, Couple at last year’s event in London
‘Because if we don’t, a changing climate will only serve to complicate these immediate challenges into fundamental global issues that are seriously affecting the lives of each and every one of us. That’s why our collective mission is so important.
But in a more optimistic tone, William insisted that ‘we can protect our children, our grandchildren and our world for generations to come’, citing last year’s group of Earthshot winners and finalists, who He described her as an ‘inspirational activist’ and a ‘brilliant innovator’.
Urging people to work together, he called for a ‘team effort’, saying: ‘We must come together behind their innovative solutions to ensure that they reach their full potential with speed and scale’ Can you We…
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