Kate, Princess of Wales and Prince William’s upcoming trip to the US could be a “good opportunity” for the senior royals to bolster their image across the pond, a royal expert has said. The heir to the throne and his wife will be heading to Boston, Massachusetts, on Wednesday.
They will spend three days in the US, marking the second annual Earthshot Prize award ceremony over the weekend, putting an environmental spin on John F. Kennedy’s Moonshot project during the 1960s.
But Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty Magazine, commented that the royals, “particularly as far as America is concerned, have had a bit of a bumpy ride of late”.
He said: “They’ve come in for huge amounts of criticism on the back of ‘The Crown’ and also the Oprah Winfrey interview, which has not particularly reflected well on the House of Windsor.”
The Prince and Princess of Wales’ trip, therefore, is a “good opportunity” to “redress the balance, if at all possible”.
A source has said the Prince and Princess of Wales are “both extremely excited for the visit”.
It will be the first time they have visited the US since 2014.
The unnamed source told PEOPLE: “They feel and appreciate the warmth and excitement of the American people for their return to the U.S. and are really looking forward to meeting as many folks as possible.”
But Prince Harry and Meghan, who quit senior royal duties in 2020 before moving to the west coast of the US, will be just a few hours away in New York at the time.
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The Sussexes will be receiving the Ripple of Hope award, bestowed by the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation.
Kerry Kennedy, the late RFK’s daughter, and the niece of former president JFK, said the Duke and Duchess had been “heroic” in their efforts to stand up to “structural racism within the institution” of the monarchy.
The organisation’s president told Spanish outlet El Confidencial: “They went to the oldest institution in UK history and told them what they were doing wrong, that they couldn’t have structural racism within the institution; that they could not maintain a misunderstanding about mental health.”