British royals William and Kate’s visit to US attracts media attention

Prince William and Duchess Kate visited the United States on Wednesday for the first time in eight years as the British royal family and Prince Charles’ sons moved across the Atlantic.

The US visit will be the first overseas excursion for the new Prince and Princess of Wales after the death of Queen Elizabeth, which means Prince Charles’ eldest son, William, will become heir to the throne.

The visit takes on added significance just days before William’s Los Angeles-based brother, Prince Harry, and his American wife, Meghan, take center stage at the prestigious awards ceremony ahead of the Netflix TV documentary and revealing memoir. is increasing.

For royal commentators and much of the British press, it will be an opportunity to contrast the brothers’ popularity and lives, along with Harry and Meghan’s criticism of the monarchy.Windsor in recent years.

Royal biographer Andrew Morton told Reuters: “The royal family has been, and always will be, a highly competitive group.

“Prince William is the future king and Prince Harry is no longer in a royal role. Make sure you had inches.

William and Kate are planning to visit Boston to attend the Earthshot Environmental Awards ceremony, which is mostly set by the Prince. The royal family sees it as a trip, not a traditional tour.

When they last visited the United States in November 2014, they were guests of then-President Barack Obama at the White House.

This visit is not very important. While they visit Boston’s local environmental, educational and community projects, the Earthshot ceremony itself was star-studded with Grammy-winning singer Billie Eilish and Oscar-winning actor Rami Malek. It will be an event.

“Our number one focus is … the Earthshot Awards and nothing else gets distracted,” said a source close to William.

The Windsor drama also features some of America’s most famous politicians, the Kennedys.

During their three-day stay, William, 40, and Kate, 40, visit the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and meet Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the former president and current U.S. Ambassador to Australia.

A few days later, D’s Harry and MeghanEnglande and the Duchess of Sussex travel to New York to receive the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award. EnglandPresident Volodymyr Zelensky in the rain.

royal villains

For much of the British press, Harry and Meghan have become royal villains, turning their backs on public affairs and using their royal status to build lucrative careers and earn millions from the upcoming Netflix and more. NFLX.O documentary series.

The relationship with Netflix has been particularly criticized for its portrayal of royal events in the US streaming service’s popular drama The Crown. Most notably, it surrounds the breakdown of Prince Charles’ first marriage to Princess Diana. mother.

By contrast, William and Kate are portrayed in the British media as loyal and serious individuals who epitomize the style of the monarchy set by the late Queen.

Polls suggest there’s a generational split, with younger Britons favoring Harry and Meghan more than those over 60.

“Megan and Harry are a polarizing couple,” Morton said, adding that the couple, whom he described as “the king and queen of California,” was mobbed on their last trip to New York.

“It will be interesting to see the size of the crowd in New York where Megan and Harry won the award compared to William and Katherine’s in Boston.”

Erin Hill of the Royals, senior editor of US People magazine, agrees.

“I think it’s natural for people to want these two couples to fight each other,” she told Reuters. “But I don’t think American audiences see this as competition.”

She said both William and Kate’s travels and the Netflix documentary have seen significant U.S. interest, and Harry’s upcoming memoir, “Spare,” due out in January, will be the “book of the year.”

“I can tell you that Americans have never been more royally enthusiastic than they are right now,” said Morton, who was in California promoting his latest book, The Queen.

“‘The Crown’ really introduced a new generation of royal junkies, despite all the criticism,” he said.

(Reuters) British royals William and Kate’s visit to US attracts media attention

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