Prince William and Kate Middleton are set to travel to the US and are reportedly planning a tight schedule to avoid making time for visits while there. The announcement came before their oldest child Prince George celebrated his ninth birthday.
Woman & Home reported that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, and his wife, Kate Middleton, would travel to America in light of an upcoming event.
The prince revealed on social media that the 2022 Earthshot Prize awards ceremony would take place in Boston, Massachusetts, in December 2022.
Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton arrive at Nur Khan Airbase in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on October 14, 2019. | Source: Getty Images
The special occasion was held in London in 2021 and is close to Prince William's heart. The Earthshot prize was launched by the Duke and The Royal Foundation in October 2020. Its primary mission is to celebrate those who take part in restoring, preserving, and keeping the planet clean.
Prince William posted a video on the Cambridges Instagram account wherein he talks about the upcoming event: "In 2022, we're back bringing the Earthshot to the USA where we'll award the next five winners of the prize," he said.
It remains unclear whether Prince William and Middleton would take their three kids, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, to the US for the event.
Notably, the couple's eldest child, Prince George, celebrated his ninth birthday on July 22, 2022. They released a photo (taken by Middleton) of their son commemorating his special day.
"George is turning 9!" the duo captioned the post on their social media, alongside an image of the young prince wearing a blue polo shirt. The Duchess of Cambridge captured the picture while the family of five was on holiday in the UK, writing:
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share a new photograph of Prince George ahead of his ninth birthday tomorrow."
Prince George also received a birthday tribute from his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. The monarch shared a photo of herself alongside the young royal from the Platinum Jubilee celebrations that took place in June 2022.
The photograph showed the Queen and her great-grandson standing on the balcony at Buckingham Palace during the Platinum Pageant on The Mall. The caption reads: "Happy 9th Birthday Prince George!" along with a cake emoji.
When the Cambridges paid a birthday tribute to Prince George when he turned six years old in 2019 on a social media post, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, used the opportunity to comment on the said post.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wrote a birthday message for the young prince using their Sussex Royal Instagram handle. "Happy Birthday! Wishing you a very special day and lots of love!" the statement read.
The post caused an uproar on social media as fans slammed the royal couple for not mentioning Prince George's name while wishing him a happy birthday.
One follower commented: "Please include 'HRH Prince George' next time as a sign of RESPECT to the future King." Another said it was unthoughtful of the former US actress not to address the young prince by his name, "What a generic way to wish him a happy birthday. Not even saying his name."
Because the Duchess of Sussex was in charge of the royal account then, people assumed that she intentionally ignored Prince George's title (who is third in line to the throne) in the birthday message.
However, some royal fans quickly defended Markle. One person said it was interesting that some individuals automatically assumed that the Duchess wrote the message alone, adding the naysayers would have complained regardless of whether or not she addressed the prince by his title.
THE CAMBRIDGES ARE GOING ON A ROYAL TOUR TO AMERICA
Nevertheless, the Cambridges' trip to the US will mark the royal couple's first visit in eight years. Royal expert Neil Sean stated that the tour would help royal brothers Prince William and Prince Harry to mend their feud.
Sean said on his YouTube channel, "Neil Sean's Daily News Headlines," that the trip makes it "ideal" for the siblings "to meet." He explained that it would make things easier for the duo because there are many ways they could avoid the media in the US:
"When you think about it, both in the same country and away from prying eyes because it's a little bit easier to get away from the media over there because it's such a vast place."
Sean said the princes and their wives could arrange a meeting anywhere as people anticipate a reunion from the former foursome.
But he also revealed that a source disclosed that it would be impossible for the royal couples to meet as the Cambridges are solely planning on focusing on the main reason for the trip:
"They're planning a packed schedule with no private time for visits or downtime. Very nice and regally put."
SEAN SAYS PRINCE WILLIAM FINDS IT 'HARD TO MOVE ON'
Sean noted that the decision by the Cambridges to make it difficult for a social visit possible makes it evident that Prince William struggles to move past his differences from his younger brother. He explained that it stems from Prince Harry's choice to divulge private royal matters to Oprah Winfrey.
Moreover, the future king and Middleton missed Lilibet's 1st birthday, which according to a source, was "no intended slight." The insider told Entertainment Tonight that Prince William and Middleton and some Royal Family members had duty obligations to travel on the day Markle and Prince Harry's daughter celebrated her birthday in June 2022.
The Cambridges, including Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and her husband, Prince Edward II, all traveled to different parts of the UK to visit citizens who celebrated Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee. The source insisted that the said trips were unrelated to Lilibet's birthday.
"It's simply a coincidence they fell on the same day. There was no intended slight," said the insider. Though they were absent from their niece's special day, Middleton and Prince William wished the young royal a happy first birthday.
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