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Fiery discussions have begun over who the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge might be working with after they revealed that their new awards show will be heading across the Atlantic next year.
Followed the inaugural Earthshot Prize at London's Alexandra Palace on Sunday 17 October, Prince William and Kate Middleton announced that the next ceremony in 2022 would be hosted in the United States of America.
OK! Magazine reports that some fans were delighted by the possibility that members of the British Royal Family would be making ties with high-society “American royalty” to hold the prize successfully again in 2022.
But after more than a year of high-profile attacks on his family from Duke and Duchess of Sussex — including her telling Oprah that Kate Middleton "made her cry" days before her wedding, rather than the other way round as had been reported — it's not thought that William be looking to call in any family favours from Harry and Meghan.
Instead, viewers are tipping the Cambridges to join forces with the political dynasty of the Kennedy family for the next edition of their environmental awards.
Prince William’s Earthshot initiative was in fact inspired by US President John F Kennedy’s 1962 famous 'Moonshot' speech, where he set a challenge to America to put a man on earth's natural satellite in the next ten years.
William said: "London and the UK has put on quite a show for our first year. So for the second year, we need to pass the baton to a country whose leadership is essential for all five of our Earthshots.
“Where better than the nation that inspired the Moonshot all those years ago? I’m delighted to announce that the Earthshot Prize will be heading to the United States of America in 2022.”
There is also another piece of information that supports the idea of a Windsor-Kennedy connection. Caroline Kennedy, the only surviving child of President Kennedy, announced in September that the JFK Library Foundation would be a leading partner of the Earthshot prize.
This non-profit organisation was founded in honour of John F Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, who was infamously assassinated on 22 November 1963.
Fans took to Twitter to share their theories about the 2022 Earthshot prize.
One user wrote: "Would it be weird to make a vision board manifesting that the #EarthshotPrize2022 take place at the @JFKLibrary in Boston??? Because I think that’s my plan for tonight…"
In excitement, a Twitter user replied: "The British Royal Family and The American 'Royal' Family.
“Joseph Kennedy would be jumping for joy if he found out that his SON influenced a project of the royals. Dynasty complete."
To which another fan commented: "Very true! The Kennedy’s are our Royal Family so definitely a goal completed!"
Another Royal Family fan said: "Omg I said this as soon as they announced the US, William had engagements with the Kennedy’s and I can see this happening".
Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer said: "The Earthshot Prize awards ceremony will go around the world over the next decade and tonight it was announced next year’s event will be in the US."
"They haven’t decided where yet but my guess fwiw [for what it's worth] is it could be somewhere linked to President Kennedy. Boston or Hyannis Port?
Eco-savvy Kate Middleton wowed crowds with a recycled dress at the awards, while her husband Prince William rocked a dashing velvet green suit jacket.
The Earthshot event crowns five winners in different environmental categories, who will be rewarded for their green innovations with £1 million every year until 2030.
The weekend's festivities brought together a wide range of A-list stars – with Sir David Attenborough as a judge, Ed Sheeran and KSI as performers, and Liverpool FC forward Mo Salah giving out the awards.
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