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Prince William dons a lifejacket as he chats to oyster fisherman on trip to New York to unveil Earthshot Award finalists

PRINCE William today donned a lifejacket and chatted to fisherman as he touched down in New York.

The Prince of Wales will hold talks with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres during his whistle-stop visit to the United States to celebrate the 2023 Earthshot Prize finalists.

The Prince of Wales at the Billion Oyster Project at the Liberty Landing Marina during a two-day visit to New York


The Prince of Wales at the Billion Oyster Project at the Liberty Landing Marina during a two-day visit to New YorkCredit: PA
The Prince of Wales meets Pete Malinowski


The Prince of Wales meets Pete MalinowskiCredit: PA

William will meet Mr Guterres during the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday, as the city holds its annual climate week event – a gathering of business leaders, politicians and civil society aimed at driving the transition to a sustainable future.

The future king is making a two-day visit to the Big Apple to promote his Earthshot Prize, an ambitious environmental award, now in its third year.

Before meeting the global statesman, the prince will visit the Billion Oyster Project to learn more about the initiative which aims to restore oyster reefs to New York Harbour with the help of school children and volunteers.

On Tuesday, he will attend the Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit where the 2023 finalists will be named and their projects showcased.

He will address delegates alongside other speakers including former New York mayor and business news mogul Mike Bloomberg, a global adviser to Earthshot Prize winners, Dame Jacinda Ardern, Earthshot trustee former New Zealand prime minister, and Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft.

William tweeted this evening: “It’s so good to be back in the United States. No one does optimism and ingenuity like the American people, so it’s only right we unveil this year’s Earthshot finalists in New York City.

“80 years ago, the world came together in this great city to find a new way, through the UN to solve our shared challenges.

“I know our generation can take the bold action we need to make changes towards a healthy and sustainable world. The challenge may feel huge, but as John F Kennedy taught us, we rise to the challenge not because it is easy, but because it is hard. And vital.”

The heir to the throne was due to attend the inaugural summit, held last year in New York, but was unable to travel as the royal family were mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth.

His prize aims to discover and scale-up ground-breaking solutions to repair the planet and £1 million in prize money will be presented to the winners in five categories, or Earthshots – Protect and restore nature; Clean our air, Revive our oceans; Build a waste-free world; and Fix our climate.

Singapore will host the third awards ceremony in November, after prize-giving events were staged in Boston last year and London’s Alexandra Palace in 2021.

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