Prince William signed a letter from his Earthshot Prize initiative for Earth Day

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit 282 East Ham Squadron Air Training Corps

On one of the last days of 2019, Prince William launched the Earthshot Prize, his big new keen environmental thing. Nine months later, he launched it again, but this time with details, organization and tons of embiggening busy work. Busy work which William was too lazy to actually do, so his staff organized it and William took credit for it. The point is that William is suddenly a very great man, a man of action, and a world-renowned environmentalist because he says so. I don’t know why you people can’t get that through your skulls! The Earthshot Prize winners will be announced at some point and I’m sure everyone will be very keen. So for Earth Day, the Other Brother did a thing.

Britain’s Prince William is urging the world to unite to tackle the climate crisis and channel the same “spirit of invention” that has helped in the fight against Covid-19. The Duke of Cambridge penned an open letter on Thursday alongside British broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, Queen Rania of Jordan, singer Shakira, Chinese basketball star Yao Ming, actress Cate Blanchett and a number of other high-profile figures.

The letter, from William’s Earthshot Prize climate initiative, says global efforts to fight Covid-19 are evidence of what is possible when the world pulls together in the face of a common threat.

40 world leaders were gathering virtually for a climate summit hosted by President Joe Biden on Thursday, where he will pledge that the U.S. will aim to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The summit coincides with Earth Day and the five-year anniversary of the signing of the Paris climate accord, a landmark international agreement on reducing climate-harming emissions.

Despite the hardships of the pandemic, the world has learned “what it means to pull together in the face of a truly global crisis,” the letter said.

“These lessons apply not just to pandemics but to the most pressing challenge in human history: stopping the climate emergency… As people around the world queue up for their vaccinations, now is the time to harness that same spirit of invention and give the Earth a shot too.”

[From NBC News]

Sure, whatever. I didn’t read the letter but I’m posting KP’s link to it below. It warmed my heart to see how little people paid attention to this “look at meeeee” letter from Baldingham. Considering the video is part of it too, I do wonder why William didn’t actually put his face and voice to any of this? Isn’t that the whole point of Earthshot? To have something for which Prince William can take credit, or at least use his royal status to physically PROMOTE? Was William too lazy to appear on camera? I bet he’s already bored with Earthshot.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit 282 East Ham Squadron Air Training Corps

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit 282 East Ham Squadron Air Training Corps

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  1. Cessily says:

    It sounds like they have a lot of catch phrases and ideas for many various current social topics but no substance or plan of action behind anything. At least from what I can tell.

  2. Seraphina says:

    I’m just here to say that I am still left dumbfounded by the amount of photo shopping done to Kate’s pic at the funeral when I see the pictures above.

    • Emm says:

      I totally agree. She looks like a different person, it’s wild.

      • goofpuff says:

        Her head doesn’t even look like its the same size. It is kinda of crazy but also makes it even more obvious (as if it wasn’t before) that it was staged.

    • Original Jenns says:

      Agree. And nothing wrong with her face and aging! Hey, it’s happening over here, too (points at my big head). But the lines around her mouth and chin, and under her eyes, it’s shocking that they are actually showing how much they usually ‘shop away.

    • BarbN says:

      That black mask she wore also hid a lot of flaws, I would venture to say.

  3. Midge says:

    Serious question: what does William actually do all day? Golf? Get drunk at a pub? We know he doesn’t work or take care of his kids so what is he doing? Where is he? Does he have friends?

    • Becks1 says:


      seriously though IDK. We know he’s not working, we know he’s not taking care of the kids like you said. I think he probably spends time doing a lot of aristocratic things – weekend hunt parties during normal times, horseback riding, drinking, golfing, long hikes in tweed jackets, solving murders at house parties. I may have seen too many episodes of Midsomer Murders.

      • chica says:

        He goes to gentlemen’s club and those private toff group club things that the aristos are so keen on.

    • L84Tea says:

      That’s what I would like to know too. He seems to live to want to do the least bit of work. Even if working out at posh gyms and drinking with your friends at pubs every other night is your thing, don’t THEY have jobs too? I know a lot of his friends are other titled aristos, but are they all like this? Surely one or two of them must be putting in some hours doing something. What does William do all day that’s so important that he refuses to step up and do more work for this many years? There’s only so much Call of Duty one can play.

    • Sofia says:

      - Cheating
      - Going on Holiday
      - Partying
      - Shooting
      - Playing Football/Soccer
      - Gym

      Those would be my guesses.

      • Nina says:

        @ Sofia. Don’t forget: Polo; Drinking; Raging about being overshadowed by Harry and “that girl”; Drinking; Photoshopping hair onto his bare dome; Drinking; Pretending he is more relevant than he really is; Drinking; Trying on the Coronation Robes; and Drinking again.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      If Baldingham signs a letter does it count as an official engagement?

      • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

        If Kate giving birth is counted as an engagement, PWT’s letter-signing must DEFINITELY must be one.

      • Becks1 says:

        It probably counts as five engagements, meeting to discuss letter, meeting to approve draft of letter, meeting to consider signing letter, meeting to actually sign letter, meeting to review signed letter.

      • Christine says:

        His wrist on his left hand is definitely getting iced right about now.

    • Original Jenns says:

      Seriously. He, um, signed a letter other people wrote. What did he do the rest of the day.

    • Lizzie says:

      Obsessively cyber stalking Harry and Meghan. Running a smear campaign 24/7.

    • SenseOfTheAbsurd says:

      I’ll bet he just sits around watching TV.

  4. Dee says:

    Start with air quality in London. Cleaner air would benefit the kids as well (Can we say, Early Years?) Oh, wait, that would involve actual work.

  5. Jan says:

    Boris Johnson and his Bunny hugger comment at a conference with World Leaders, think he meant tree hugger, but he must have knocked back a couple of stiff drinks before appearing.
    Greta Thunberg jumped on it, Boris is an embarrassment to the World.
    She was at the top of the list and Harry was eighth.
    Not sure if Earthshot is running into copyrights problems about the name in America.

  6. Lauren says:

    The duke and duchess of Keenbridge initiatives involve a lot of word salads that mean and do very little for people.

  7. Woke says:

    I really hope something good come out of this project but there’s so little substance to it that I’m doubtful.
    I’m constantly amazed by the fact that close to 40 William has not accomplished anything impactful. For all their fault at least Philip and Charles have a real legacy and Harry is building one.

    • QwietStorm says:

      Its similar to Kate’s project. She has the “5 big questions for under-fives.” William has his 5 Earthshot initiatives. They’re both vague. They both lack clear, measurable goals. People can’t get interested because they can’t see anything substantive to motivate them.

  8. Amy Bee says:

    All the best to William on this, he needs to be political if he wants to see real change. I hope he will be speaking at COP26 which will be in Glasgow this year. I want to see him call out the politicians for their inaction and condemn his grandmother’s government for not doing more and its relationship with fossil fuel corporations.

  9. Lyn says:

    I’ve got to say I’m surprised this letter didn’t get any traction at all. Like this is the first time I even knew other people signed on as well. The others like Attenborough, Shakira etc tend to generate enough buzz on their own but here their presence was like a black hole. No one cared.

    Is this a reaction to William himself? A general lack of interest in Earthshot? These are questions if I were the RF I would be looking into and not what people are doing in the US.

    • SarahCS says:

      I think @Tess below has a very valid point. It’s more words and no action so why should we pay attention? We’ve got other things on our minds.

      I genuinely wonder how many people in the general population have any idea about this.

  10. Tess says:

    Im so sick of Earth Day “initiatives announcements” hot air from everyone government and government adjacent. Will can have my attention when he strong arms BP or Coca Cola into taking actually doing something, pushing for a ban on petroleum based plastics for retail packaging or heavy sanctions against polluters, whatever just do something besides announce “initiatives” with fanfare.

  11. QwietStorm says:

    I’m actually starting to feel sorry for William. He seems so hapless. Unfocused. As though he has a problem not just working, but making anything work. Figuring out how or where to start. There is the Earthshot concept, but what’s the plan? It seems nebulous. Can he pull this off? No wonder so many people are saying how he badly needs Harry. Because if Earthshot is to succeed, he’ll need Harry to make a documentary about it for Netflix.

    • SarahCS says:

      Maybe that’s what happens if you’re not amazingly capable/spend your whole life being told you’re amazing, and therefore won’t truly engage with the people with the skills and expertise to make things happen (and disagree with you).

      Oh and lazy/selfish.

      Clearly the world he has grown up in has a lot to answer for however there comes a point when as an adult you need to look hard at yourself and develop some self awareness.

      • Cessily says:

        That’s what happens when you get so jealous over someone else’s strengths that you focus solely on that and your stuck simmering.. They never look for their own strengths or development. It only gets worse as they get older.

    • Rnot says:

      Problems with executive functioning are common long-term effects of brain injury. So are problems with emotional regulation and chemical dependency. William had surgery for a skull fracture at age 8. More recently he knocked his front teeth out at a wedding. It’s very possible that he has legit deficits in executive functioning and that’s why he needs Harry so badly. It would explain a lot.

    • Zebz says:

      The whole point of the royal patronage’s, I thought, was that they would use their name/face to actually PROMOTE the charity. Signing a letter is not promotion. The lack of effort in everything he does is so clear. He is running on empty at this point.

  12. Keri says:

    I wonder what these high profile people are thinking. This thing was questionable enough at the start when Willie claimed this to be the most prestigious award before it was even officially on paper. Hah! After the Oprah interview and the revelations about racism (they all know it’s true), I’d be distancing myself from this family and anything they are involved in.

    Sir David Attenborough, I get. He’s as English as they come & he’s the one who gave George the stolen relic and excluded Charlotte and Louis. I canceled Cate Blanchett awhile ago for her Roman Polanski stance. But what about the others? Queen Rania of Jordan, singer Shakira, & Chinese basketball star Yao Ming, what are you thinking? These people have proven over and over again they could care less about ethnic minorities/all people of color. I hope they wake up and pull out in droves. If not on principle then at least be smart enough to realize it’s not a good look to be associating with the racist who ran his own brother and biracial sister-in-law out of the country.

    • FancyHat says:

      Shakira is really careful with lending her name to things. I’m surprised she’s attached to this project.

  13. C-Shell says:

    So, basically, someone else composed the letter, and TOB signed it. God, he’s worthless.

  14. Kalana says:

    Every one knows William doesn’t care about the environment when it comes to his daily life. He doesn’t care about racism, mental health, and only cares about having nice backdrops for his vacations rather than being an environmentalist. A travelling awards show is the opposite of environmentally sound. It’s an empty circus.

    I hope the winners enjoy the prize money. That’s the only positive from all this.

    • Cj says:

      I will have you know he DOES care about racism… in football. Just there. He’s been vocal about putting an end to the racist treatment of black… footballers. So there we go!

      *news just in* sources reporting racism also exists… outside of football?! We go to William for comment on how he plans to address this.

      *silence* *tumbleweed rolls past*

      Also how good has the global response to covid been when countries are still being devastated by cases and some areas of the world can’t secure any vaccine? Not entirely sure I’d list that as a successful reference on a job application…

  15. jferber says:

    Oh my God! He signed a letter! He’s WORKING! God bless him. By the way, I know TOB refers to William, but what does it stand for? Thanks.

  16. IRMAVEP says:

    When ‘William’s’ Earthshot initiative was announced, a number of philanthropic companies were listed as having made generous donations to this endeavour. With some time to spare, I decided to look up each of the companies named in the article on William’s involvement. To my horror, one of these companies was [alleged?] to have been instrumental in causing the horrific Amazon fire a year or two ago. So I wonder how legitimate these companies are, and how genuine they are in caring for this fragile planet? Donating money after doing the damage is not good enough.

  17. Liz version 700 says:

    William signed a letter…snort hahaha

  18. L4frimaire says:

    I had no idea about this until it appeared in this post. I saw Harry’s Africa Parks narrated video, and a really good documentary on Greta Thunberg last night on PBS. Not sure what William is doing with this initiative but it seems his primary focus is elsewhere ( raging about his brother and smearing his SIL), and time will tell what he does with it.

  19. jferber says:

    Thank you, Lucky Charm!

  20. Pamuk says:

    Damn! Those post together didn’t bring 5000 likes😳 the cainette’s are done, nobody cares about what they do anymore than whatever the rest if the inbred clan get up to.

    • equality says:

      So even Shakira, Cate Blanchett and Attenborough being involved couldn’t get them likes?

  21. agnes says:

    “Give the earth a shot” that’s what earthshot stands for. Holy Anoia. This is beyond embarrassing.

  22. equality says:

    When I searched for earthshot the first listing was for a US charity. Then the earthshot prize. So do they get away with using the same name because of adding “prize” or did the original charity agree to share the name? It’s confusing.

  23. Zebz says:

    This announcement was dead on arrival. I think at this point people aren’t checking for anything substantial from William or Kate.