The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are traveling to the United States to host the Earthshot Prize Awards – a new annual prize launched by the Royal Foundation in 2021.
8 years have passed since their last visit
Kate and William will return to the United States in December after a long period with a busy schedule. The main reason is the presentation of the Earthshot Prize Awards to five ecologists. This will be their third official visit to America since the wedding. Will they visit Harry and Meghan?
Royal experts do not believe the private meeting will take place
Immediately after the announcement of the trip to America, speculation began over whether the brothers would meet in person and whether Kate and William would end up visiting Montecito. Royal expert Neil Sean says that while it would be the perfect time for the two families to finally reunite in peace, he doesn’t think it will happen. Kate and William have very busy schedules and won’t have enough space for private visits.
William and Kate at the Earthshot Prize 2021 award ceremony in London, October 17, 2021 Source: Profimedia
Neil Sean goes on to believe that the real reason still has to do with the rift between the brothers. After all, you know what they say – when there’s a will, anything is possible. “It all comes down to the fact that it’s very difficult for William to ignore all the allegations Harry has made about him and his family on Oprah.”
Now, there’s always the possibility that William and Kate are just too busy to pass through Santa Barbara on this trip. it wouldn’t be the first time in months that the two brothers had missed an opportunity to bond. For example, when Harry and Meghan were in London for the Platinum Jubilee, they threw a party for little Lilibet for her first birthday, which Prince William and Kate did not attend. The reason was again job responsibilities and bad timing.
It’s clear that the brothers’ relationship is still at a freezing point and it’s debatable whether they’ll ever be able to fully forgive each other.
How were their first two visits to the United States?
In America right after the wedding
Just months after the royal wedding, Kate and Prince William traveled to California after touring Canada. They arrived at LAX airport on July 8, 2011. The first stop was Variety’s Venture Capital and New Media Summit at the Beverly Hills Hilton. Kate and Prince William also attended a private reception at the British Consul General’s residence as part of their first day in California.
Prince William and Kate Middleton at Variety’s Venture Capital and New Media Summit (Los Angeles, 2011) Source: Profimedia
On July 9, Kate and Prince William made an appearance at the Santa Barbara Polo Club, where Prince William took part in a charity match and won. From the field, they went straight to the red carpet! That evening, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the BAFTA reception at the Belasco Theatre.
Kate Middleton and Prince William (BAFTA 2011) Source: Profimedia
No trip to California is complete without some celebrity encounters, right? Kate met actress Reese Witherspoon at her premiere.
New York Winter Tour
Kate and William returned to the United States in December 2014, this time for a winter visit to New York. After official meetings – for example with Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea – they showed up, for example, at the Brooklyn Nets game, where they had seats in the front row.
Kate Middleton and Hillary Clinton (Conservation Reception, 2014) Source: Profimedia
Before the game, the couple met LeBron James – and even gave their son, Prince George, a basketball jersey! Perhaps the highlight of the evening was when Kate and Prince William met JAY-Z and Beyoncé during the game.
Kate Middleton and Prince William met LeBron James in 2014. Source: Profimédia
The couple ended their trip to New York in style with a dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
See more photos from their visits to the United States in our gallery: