The Waleses’ Boston itinerary is pretty lightweight, six whole events in three days

Kensington Palace must have done an info dump on the British and American media this weekend, because it’s incredibly funny to see certain quotes from “unnamed sources” being repeated in multiple outlets. Like, Prince William thinks the Earthshot Prize is “his Super Bowl moment.” That was a quote given to Page Six. But it was also given to People Magazine. Which means it must have been in the KP press release. What a dreadful self-own from William. I can just picture him mid-tantrum, his face bright red, screaming “tell Americans that my big keen thing is like the Super Bowl!!!” How sad. Added bonus: Prince Harry was actually AT the Super Bowl earlier this year, lmao. Anyway, if you want to know more of the keen itinerary, here you go:

Prince William refers to the Earthshot Prize Awards — which will air on PBS on Sunday, December 4 — as his attempt to provide some urgent optimism about tackling environmental issues and climate change. He and Princess Kate are “excited to be able to bring that to the United States and inspire people stateside and around the world through the incredible stories we are going to tell,” the source says.

The source adds, “The prize has become the Prince’s Super Bowl moment of the year, and he looks forward to continuing to use the platform each year to shine a light on some of the most impactful projects doing amazing things around the world to save our planet’s future.”

While the Earthshot Prize on Friday evening is the ultimate reason for their visit, the couple also sees it as an opportunity to “fact-find” about some of the causes and interests close to their hearts. “Some of the things we are focused on right now is supporting some of the most hard-pressed communities up and down the U.K. and we will continue to do that in Boston,” adds the source.

Prince William and Kate’s trip will start with a welcome at Boston City Hall, where Mayor Michelle Wu and Ambassador Caroline Kennedy will help the couple start the countdown to the glitzy, star-studded Earthshot Prize ceremony at the MGM Music Hall on Friday evening.

On Thursday, Prince William and Kate, both 40, will see the work that organizations in Boston are doing to create a more sustainable world, and they’ll learn about some of the innovative technologies being utilized at Greentown Labs in Somerville. Later on Thursday, they will hear about the efforts of Roca, a non-profit organization that’s worked for 35 years to create a cohesive approach to save and help change the journey of the lives of high-risk young people.

Princess Kate will make a solo visit to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University on Friday to learn some of the best practices that can be taken back to her own Royal Foundation and The Centre for Early Childhood as she builds her pioneering work in the area.

Meanwhile, Prince William will tour the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. President John F. Kennedy’s Moonshot — which challenged America to put a man on the moon — is the key inspiration behind the Earthshot Prize.

This is also Prince William and Kate’s first trip abroad as Prince and Princess of Wales, and with that comes inevitable parallels with William’s parents — most especially Princess Diana, who was so popular in the U.S.

“They realize the history and the warm affection people feel towards those roles, but they are keen to pave their own path and create their own history,” the source says. “The golden thread for them is the commitment to duty and service — being there in the communities and supporting the communities up and down the country and around the world where they can.”

[From People]

“The golden thread for them is the commitment to duty and service…” William can’t speak Welsh, he and Kate disappeared for three weeks for their kids’ school holiday, and Kate has nothing to show for her eleven years as a royal. Nothing but buttons, pie charts and horse-hair wigs. Even this trip is pretty lightweight – they’re doing one event on Wednesday, two events on Thursday, and then on Friday, they’re splitting up to do one separate event each during the day, then they’ll attend the Earthshot Award show and then what? Get on a plane that night? This is the big tour which is supposed to save the monarchy? LMAO.

Meanwhile, they did manage to book some interesting talent for Earthshot. Billie Eilish will perform, as will Annie Lennox, Chloe x Halle, and Ellie Goulding. Catherine O’Hara, Shailene Woodley, Rami Malek will hand out prizes (I guess William is too lazy to actually hand out the prizes?). William will make the “closing remarks,” and presumably announce where the next Earthshot Award ceremony will be held. What’s your guess? Dusseldorf? The Hague? Los Angeles? Toronto? Some place associated with the Sussexes, I’m sure.

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  1. Rapunzel says:

    The Super Bowl comment is definitely Silly Willy’s attempt to one up Harry. I’m astounded that they’re coming all this way for this piddly-ass itinerary.

    • Cessily says:

      They really are truly coming across as petty and jealous which is never a good look for anyone. The fact that they have a lightweight schedule is just who they are and will always be.

    • Nicki says:

      I still don’t undertstand what, exactly, Earthtshot supposedly does. All you ever really hear about are the ceremonies.

  2. Caroline says:

    This trip is already embarassing

    • Chloe says:

      It honestly sounds like a 3 day school trip. All they are going to do is learn it seems. I hope they bring their notebooks!

    • Sam says:

      Every workday of mine is busier and more insightful than this whole tour!!

    • taris says:

      lol, yeah … the overhype is laughable at this point.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Caroline, lmfao you’re right! And they haven’t even touched down on US soil yet so it’s only going to get better from here.

    • Jaded says:

      I’m suffering Fremdschämen already.

    • anne says:

      So, let me get this straight: “glitzy, star-studded Earthshot Prize ceremony” is OK for W&K, but when H&M go to accept an award that’s “glitzy and star-studded,” it’s tacky and “Hollywood”? Got it, got it.

    • Kathleen says:

      Boring they are! Unless the entertainment is free, they are going to break the bank to amp up the glitz and glamour they so despise. They are hoping to raise a boatload of money from the Americans (like Meghan) whom they cannot stand. How do you like the commitment to duty and service dig at Harry and Meghan? I hope this whole trip goes tits up.

  3. Seaflower says:

    Kate’s Early Childhood thingie is “pioneering”???? Excuse me while I break a rib laughing.

    • Ginger says:

      That’s what really bothers me with these two. They act like they are the best ever. William called Earthshot the most prestigious environmental award show ever before it even BEGAN. And with Kate’s early years, she claims to be a expert meanwhile there are researchers that have devoted their life to this research and went to school for years studying this and Kate reaps all of the benefits from it.
      It’s pathetic and sad.

      • Annalise says:

        Yes William calling his own, brand new no ones ever heard of it award “the most prestigious” environmental award, when again, no one has ever heard it who doesn’t follow the royals, is like calling yourself a hero. It’s like, you don’t get to decide that YOU are a hero, those are accolades that must be given to you by OTHERS. Same with calling your own $7 million vanity project “the most prestigious”. Same with Kate and “pioneering” 🤮

    • Jais says:

      Yeah that stood out to me as well. The shamelessness of calling her work pioneering. People have been working on that topic before Kate. She did not invent early years research.

      • HeatherC says:

        Not only did she NOT invent the area of study, William’s wife hasn’t done anything to move it forward

    • Pumpkin (Was Sofia) says:

      Honestly the overhyping of almost everything they do is beyond frustrating. People sometimes comment here (especially about Kate’s photos) with “oh who cares if she’s average, you guys are so mean!” and the issue (for me at least, I don’t speak for anyone else) isn’t that she’s average but that she’s overhyped to be this brilliant person when she just… isn’t. And that’s okay! It’s fine to be average! Most of the royals are pretty average and unremarkable! But instead of working with what they’ve got and using that to their advantage like the rest of the royals have, they’re marketed as these brilliant public servants who work a lot.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Pumpkin that’s exactly my issue with everything re: Kate. Her PR team (and the stans) do her no favors by acting like she’s doing pioneering or groundbreaking work, or that she’s the next Annie Leibovitz, or that she’s the most amazing X or the best Y. If the PR backed off a bit and just let her be, then I think some of the kneejerk reactions many of us have to her would be….more subdued, I guess?

        (or maybe I should say would have been more subdued pre-Meghan, because her actions towards her change a LOT in my opinion.)

      • JustBitchy says:


      • Nic919 says:

        Kate is just an average rich girl with a country’s media giving her endless PR that rivals Kim Jong Un. She’s not the brightest, or the prettiest or the smartest. And it kills them that Harry married someone who outshines her in every way, except for botox use. Kate wins at that.

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      Seaflower, as I read the excerpt above, I literaly stopped at this paragraph: “Princess Kate will make a solo visit to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University on Friday to learn some of the best practices that can be taken back to her own Royal Foundation and The Centre for Early Childhood as she builds her pioneering work in the area.”

      If she’s taking back some of Harvard’s best practices, how is she building ‘pioneering’ work? If it is pioneering work, then it’s Harvard who built it. Whoever wrote this needs to have a dictionary beside them.

      • Hmmyeah says:

        It’s always about other places helping Kate learn and nothing on what these places get out of this visit.
        Better to say “Princess Kate will make a solo visit to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University on Friday to shine a spotlight on the work of the X department and their pioneering work”
        Can already imagine academics rolling their eyes inwardly at this lol

    • LeaTheFrench says:

      Same here – that’s really not the right word, is it? It’s superficial, inconsistent, low intensity “work.” Please. Have some respect for the people whose work actually meets that definition.

    • TeamMeg says:

      Yeah, I’d like to hear more about her pioneering work LMAO. The most Pioneer thing about Kate is probably some of her dresses.

  4. SomeChick says:

    dear oh dear, the M dress! unbelievable. where is the belt?

    my guess for next year is somewhere in the commonwealth, not Canada… maybe New Zealand?

    • Cathy says:

      A phone rings in a darken empty room and an answer phone picks up…
      “Welcome to New Zealand. We can’t take your call right so please leave a message after the b…e…e…”
      A voice at the other end…
      “Oh I say hell…o. This is KP here. We want to organise a holi…( someone butts in tour! It’s a tour! Don’t say the h word) …. Hello? Hello?…. I think we got cut off???”
      “How are we meant to tour if they never answer?”
      Phone and possibly a private secretary gets kicked as someone with big feet stamps out of the room.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Somechick, that M dress kills me every time

    • Annalise says:

      Somechick- the M dress was insane! Do you think she saw the huge M and thought yes! I’m wearing THAT! Or do you think she subconsciously gravitated towards it because of the M? 🤔 Regardless, I normally make a point to not ever criticize women’s bodies, and really, I’m not doing that here, I’m criticizing the dress. Because how the very tall, very thin Kate managed to make herself look THAT stumpy, with arms that Madonna would envy (but no one else) and THAT short legged……. I’d be firing my stylist STET

  5. Kiera says:

    So I own an art gallery in Kennebunkport, ME like an hour and a half from Boston. One of the artists I represent is a British artist who has done work for the royal family. He was the official artist for the London Olympics and did a whole body of work based in the 2016 Americas Cup team with Ben Ainsle.

    I reached out to their communications people to invite them to come to the gallery to see his art, you know since he’s their countryman and they have connections to him and his art. Not a word back.

    It’s such an easy stop for them, minus the drive, and would get them such good press both here and in England. Oh well!

    • L84Tea says:

      Wow, what a miss on their part. How difficult would it have been to look at some beautiful art and get some good PR out of it?

    • GuestWho says:

      Good morning from Portland!

      Kennebunkport would have been a pretty easy trip for them – and they could have tied that in to another dead president while highlighting a countryman’s work (and K’s boyfriend Ben). And it’s a gorgeous, quintessential NE community. These people are seriously shortsighted.

      • Kiera says:

        Right! I even have six pieces from the Americas Cup Collection!

        Hi Guestwho! Come visit the gallery anytime, it’s KW Contemporary Art. Actually we’re having an event Saturday night, my annual All That Glitters Party for the holidays. Come by and say hi! I’d love to meet a fellow Celebitch💕💕

      • L84Tea says:

        I looked at your website. It’s so beautiful!! And so fun to see a CB’er! 🙂

      • Kiera says:

        Ahh thanks!!! It’s my dream come true. I started the gallery two years ago, literally signed paperwork two weeks before we shut down for Covid. It’s been so crazy and amazing.

        You all might laugh but CB has been my happy/relaxing place I go to when I need to calm my brain and de stress. It’s my safe space haha.

        @Dholmas please do come visit! I’m dying to get up to Casco, weaved here three years ago but because of the pandemic and starting a business I’ve been pretty much in KBK.

      • Startup Spouse says:

        @Kiera, Another New England local here. I will stop by and say hi the next time I am in town!

      • JustBitchy says:

        @kiera – I’m in Boston area, hope to stop by some time soon. Love a fellow celebich ✌️

    • dholmas says:

      Good Morning from Casco Maine. I will have to check out your gallery the next time I make it to the beach in Kennebunkport.

    • Tacky says:

      Sorry, but I don’t see leaving the city to visit an expensive art gallery in a highly affluent, almost entirely white community as good PR.

      • Josephine says:

        It would be their comfort zone though. And no offense, but I don’t think of Boston much differently. For a long time it was the most segregated major city and that image has stuck. There is a lot to love and admire about Boston but it’s not exactly a beacon of racial harmony.

      • Laura D says:

        @Tacky – I really think it depends who it is and how it’s spun. Diana was a huge supporter of both the ballet and opera; both would be considered very white and elitist. Yet, because she also did a LOT of humanitarian work across the globe no-one batted an eyelid at her attending ballets and operas.

        With an History of Art degree, Kate could quite easily have attended the Kiera’s gallery without too much push-back. Especially, as it was exhibiting work by a British artist on the London Olympics. In addition, her interest in sailing along with her friendship with Ben Ainslee, this event would have suited her down to the ground.

      • Startup Spouse says:

        @Tacky – Instead she’s going to visit Harvard, the definition of elitism and privilege.

        Wake me up when she visits the people living at Mass & Cass (aka the Methadone Mile) to learn about their early years.


    • Lucy says:

      I’ll have to stop by when we’re visiting the in laws! My husband’s from there.

    • Eurydice says:

      I don’t know about this. With no traffic, Boston to Kennebunkport is at least an hour and half drive, not counting getting out of Boston, which can take a half hour or more depending on traffic and where they’re staying. Add to that the security in and out – it would be almost 3 hours each way.

      • Becks1 says:

        I’m sure if they had any such trips planned out of Boston, they would take a helicopter.

      • Eurydice says:

        @Becks1 – sure, the helicopter would take about 40 minutes, but they’d still have to get to the airport and through private security onto the tarmac, and then clear for take off, etc.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Kiera, sadly, from what we know of these two (and their staff), this sounds about right. It’s rude as hell but that seems to be the way they treat absolutely everyone. It was a nice gesture on your part.

    • Fabiola says:

      I doubt they would drive 1.5 hrs back and forth to see an artist in some small town. They have an itinerary to keep.

    • Nic919 says:

      Everyone analyzing the drive is missing the point. They could have acknowledged the invite and sent their apologies. They failed to even do that which is rude. There are no excuses for failing to respond.

      That’s kind of the point here.

  6. Nanea says:

    I really wish for a US media blackout for their Keenshot Earthflop. Relegate them to the virtual equivalent of the back section, and on Twitter… let’s talk about the Sussexes instead. Luckily for us they’ll be busy too.

    And as much as I believe that a royal pinterest moodboard exists, I somehow don’t see the Wailses going to The Netherlands or Germany next, as I can’t imagine anyone there sponsoring them.

    Maybe France?

  7. Amy Bee says:

    The Super Bowl moment was also mentioned in the Telegraph so most definitely it came from KP. So embarrassing.

    • Ginger says:

      Also, Keir Simmons from the Today said it was Will’s Super Bowl moment as well.

    • Becks1 says:

      It’s embarrassing but also……weird. Like I don’t get the analogy. the superbowl is the most watched event on US tv every year (or one of the most top watched.) Ad space for it is obviously $$$$. This event is airing on PBS and the majority of Americans have not even heard of it.

      At the most people will see a picture of W&K arriving at the awards and comment on Kate’s dress and that will be that.

      I just dont get the Superbowl comparison as a threshold matter. It would be like someone from the US going to England and declaring their visit as important as the Euro finals or the Premier league championship. Not only would it not be true, it just doesn’t…..make sense.

      • Emily_C says:

        These are not smart people, and they don’t have smart people working for them either.

      • Green girl says:

        The thing is this event isn’t memorable to me, and I’m sure it’s not memorable to many other people either. If you offered me money to recall one small part of the last event – a winners name, who attended, what does the prize do, anything – I would not take that offer.

      • Sunday says:

        I think the strategy literally was just “Americans like football, say this is like football and maybe they’ll pay attention.” So, patronizing as well as inaccurate, a KP specialty.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      Yes, Americans care (maybe too much) about the Superbowl. But they don’t care about William and Kate. In fact, they care so little that the Cambridges had to add a string of celebrity performances to the ceremony, just to get people interested. That must have been humiliating for them. Or maybe their handlers set this all up without telling William how unpopular he is, so he can continue to live in his little fantasyland.

  8. Eurydice says:

    The Boston Globe has started to get a bit breathless (well, as much as they can for something that isn’t about politics). Biden will be in town on Friday, so the “OMG, gasp!” is about whether he’ll meet with W&K.

  9. Lightpurple says:

    May they be lost in the dark labyrinth that is Boston’s City Hall.

  10. Harla A Brazen Hussy says:

    Apparently Will set up Earthshot to only be around for 10 years and for him to only be involved for 3-4 years before passing it off to someone else. This man has the empathy of a rock and the attention span of a knat.

    It must absolutely gall him to have to bring Kate along in order to ensure that the award receives any kind of interest.

    • Chloe says:

      Is this true??? How can they call this his passion project when he’s only going to be involved for a select amount of time? What exactly is he going to do after this? It’s not like he has somewhere to be

      • Becks1 says:

        Yes, its true. I think it was part of the official Earthshot announcement or something. that he was establishing it and would be involved for the first few years before passing it off, which is hilarious since its only supposed to be for 10 years anyway.

      • Lorelei says:

        He probably thinks that Earthshot will reverse climate change completely in those ten years and won’t be needed anymore.

    • CourtneyB says:

      He didn’t even last that long. Earthshot is now an independent charity, separate from the Royal Foundation, and he’s basically the face of it. Nothing more. Its board is running it.

      • windyriver says:

        Does this board still include Jason Knauf, appointed in July 2022, as one of the trustees? Another reason I question what actually is being accomplished (especially since there’s no promotion of the work, just of W&K) whether it’s independent of the Royal Foundation or not.

  11. Amy Bee says:

    I’ve seen tweets from the NY Times and Fortune describing this trip as an attempt by William and Kate to rebrand themselves. So it’s not starting the way they would like. I wonder if William will do an interview with the Today Show or GMA?

    • Chloe says:

      Probably another people magazine exclusive i imagine.

    • one of the marys says:

      AmyBee I’m not on Twitter so the rebranding, can you say more? from what brand to what new brand? Hmmmm

      • Lorelei says:

        Not Amy, lol, but I think that because their last tour was such an absolute and complete mess, they’re trying to scale down expectations, and are referring to it as a “rebrand?” I don’t think I’m explaining this very well! But I think it comes down to not going overboard in Boston, playing it nice and safe (i.e. boring), so they don’t get dragged the way they did after their last tour. They’re not even calling it a “tour” which shows how badly they know the last one was. But all they’re doing is making it sound extremely boring imo.

  12. Ina says:

    Macron is arriving tomorrow and will meet with VP Harris, followed by a State Dinner with the Bidens on Thursday. The lame boring Cambridges will be obliterated in the news.

    • windyriver says:

      And Biden will be in Boston Friday as well for a fundraiser. He and Dr. Jill will host the recipients of the Kennedy (!) Center honors at the White House on Sunday afternoon (George Clooney, Amy Grant, Gladys Knight, Tania Leon, and U2); the event is that evening. By Monday people will be expecting Harry and Meghan to show up in NYC, for their event on Tuesday. So yeah, W&K will be nothing more than a quick blip in the news cycle.

      • Layla says:

        @windyriver also, to add to this, Archetypes is nominated for a peoples choice award which is also on tue 6/12 and hopefully Meghan wins the awards

      • Rima says:

        The latest news is President Biden will meet Willam and Kate.

  13. B says:

    They really copy everything don’t they. When the Sussexes went to New York and met with the Mayor and did the Global Vax Live event everyone claimed it was a “royal tour”. Even though it was just Harry and Meghan handling East Coast business while on the east coast and was nothing like a royal tour.

    The 2nd time the Sussexes went to NY they visited a school in Harlem, Meghan had her interview with Melody Hobbs, they ate at Melba’s and donated and just in general scheduled all their east coast appearances for when they were in New York.

    Now the Wales are in Boston and instead doing the traditional royal tour they are conducting themselves in Boston the way the Sussexes do in NY. These people are truly colonizers in every way. They now dress, speak and move like Meghan and Harry while trying to erase abuse, and harm the originators.

    What’s truly difficult to swallow is that they just copy the appearance of work. They or their team never copy the methods (no matter how simple) the Sussexes use that lead to tangible results. Something as simple as highlighting where to donate isn’t done. Its just about the photos. The Wales get millions in tax payer funding and have an office full of employees and their goal is just to get pictures that make them look like the Sussexes while pretending like they aren’t copying them.

    • Eurydice says:

      We’ll see if they actually conduct themselves like the Sussexes. Do you think W&K will bring gifts and donations to the places they visit? Maybe bring a box of cannoli from Mike’s Pastry?

  14. Miranda says:

    I said this yesterday and I’ll say it again: this — and any time they spend outside the UK, really — is time that they should be using to strengthen their ties with Wales. I doubt they’ll ever be very popular there, as more and more people have become vocal in their completely justified opposition to a non-Welsh person being called Tywysog Cymru, but since the RF will never acknowledge those feelings and give up the title, the least they could do is spend time there, learn the language, etc. Charles did so, and even many Welsh people who disliked him gave him at least a little grudging respect.

    They’re just wasting time in America. We’re not nearly as mad about the oh-so-glamorous royals as they seem to think. When we take an interest at all, it’s mostly in individual royals who have charisma and truly admirable personal qualities (and, let’s be honest, a certain amount of media savvy), like Harry and Diana. These 2 are just dull and self-absorbed.

    • equality says:

      If I were in the UK and worrying about heat and food bills and these two seemed intent on being popular in a country that wasn’t even part of the commonwealth, I would be highly offended.

      • ShazBot says:

        Oh, but they are thinking of those people…from Boston…
        “Some of the things we are focused on right now is supporting some of the most hard-pressed communities up and down the U.K. and we will continue to do that in Boston,” adds the source.“

        Make it make sense

    • Athena says:

      The next Earthshot prize ceremony should be from Wales.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        Nah, they will host it in a country in Africa to show that they are very much not a racist family.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Miranda, their fixation on the US is insane to me. I know this isn’t a great comparison, but it’s all I could come up with atm— but what if a US president spent so much time going on and on about how popular and visible he wants to be in another country, and planning unofficial visits there? Just…bizarre

  15. amyb says:

    The comments on The Boston Globe are not
    positive and some of them had to be deleted. Enjoy the “crowds” Lambridges!

  16. C-Shell says:

    “ will see the work that organizations in Boston are doing to create a more sustainable world, and they’ll learn about some of the innovative technologies being utilized at Greentown Labs in Somerville. Later on Thursday, they will hear about the efforts of Roca,”

    See the work, learn about, hear about THE WORK OF OTHERS. What, oh what, do they bring to the freaking visits to add any value whatsoever??!! Rhetorical. We’ve talked about this endlessly. This entire agenda looks like a complete waste of the time of the professionals they are imposing themselves upon.

    • Chloe says:

      It is completely over obvious that a lot it riding on this visit and i don’t understand why. William is the heir to the throne does he realize this? What is it with the desperate need for all this attention? Notice how every article is about them yet again? Nothing substantial about earthshot

      • windyriver says:

        This is what I don’t get. The Earthshot website lists a slew of recognizable organizations as Global Alliance Partners. What are any of them getting out of this affiliation, when we hear nothing at all about the actual work Earthshot is supposedly involved with? Nothing about the nominees and their work, no update about the projects previously awarded prizes. Talk from the CEO about making it a global brand, after only one year of existence, and a global brand of what? If there’s a serious reason these organizations are involved in what looks like nothing more than a PR exercise for W&K and everyone else, we need to be hearing about it.

    • SussexWatcher says:

      This is exactly what I came to say. Their itinerary is literally: be greeted, then see something, then learn about, then hear about, then learn best practices (that she can steal), then go to the awards. These two are utterly pathetic.

      And I’m further annoyed that I live in the area and will now need to time my travel through Somerville and into Cambridge (on different days) to avoid the traffic generated by these two clowns. But if I do see their cars, I’ll try to get a photo of myself flipping them the bird like that woman on the bike did to the T motorcade. And I’m self employed so can’t even be fired for it 😆

    • SomeChick says:

      they bring the odd smile! and their photographer.

      I think the reason there’s so much emphasis on this nothingburger (besides that they want to compete in the US) is to try to make memories of the last disastour fade. they really got a drubbing that time. so if they just get ok reviews this time it will be a huge “win” for them. bonus: no one will be leaving the commonwealth over this! or announcing it on live tv!

  17. Becks1 says:

    This schedule is absurdly lightweight for the cost involved with their travel – particularly what this is costing Boston for security. These two are so worthless.

  18. North of Boston says:

    Last night, I was doing some work on my laptop, but had left the tv on in the other room. At one point I heard a stilted awkward voice talking and was like wtf is that dope? The news had come on and the local Boston station was doing a blurb on the Wales’s visit … it was a clip of William talking. His voice was so strange … deep and flat and kind of robotic. Maybe he was just having a bad day at whatever event they’d grabbed footage from, but there was nothing about his way of speaking that drew me in, even before I knew who it was. Well aside from drawing me in with the oddness, to turn off the tv.

    I guess that’s how I feel about this visit too: nothing really of interest and a little odd and off putting.

    • Emily_C says:

      Will is odd and off putting. There’s something unpleasantly weird about him. Possibly he believes he’s so far above absolutely everyone else that he resents having to interact with people at all, and so it comes through that way.

      • Lorelei says:

        I forget which poster on here said it, but recently, a CB’er said that whenever William talks, the way he moves his hands makes it look like he’s saying what he thinks is the most important thing in the world, like how to cure cancer or something.
        I can’t remember the exact wording and my paraphrasing isn’t as funny (or accurate) as the original comment, but a lot of the time, it’s true!

    • Becks1 says:

      I think William’s entitlement comes through in everything he says.

      I also think that when he speaks more off the cuff and we see more of the “real William,” that’s when the, um, gaffes, happen, so he’s probably been counseled to word things carefully, and that results in even more stilted conversations.

  19. Cathy says:

    Six events? How many stops to fix Kate’s hair?

    • SussexWatcher says:

      I’m gonna go with…9

    • Dee says:

      When Cams and Chuck visited our US city for a single day, they each did 4 or 5 events. And they didn’t change clothes, either! Cams was kneeling down in the dirt watching kids plant vegetables while Chuck was off at another venue. I was pretty impressed by how much ground they covered in one day. Too exhausting for the Prince and Princess of Wails, though.

    • Lorelei says:

      Can we start taking bets on Chanel suits and pillbox hats?

      • Cessily says:

        I have wondered if she will cosplay Jackie Kennedy Onassis 🤨 I wouldn’t bet against it..

      • Layla says:

        @lorelai she’s gonna wear that Jenny packham replica of meghans’s CJR gown isn’t she? 🙄
        I remember first seeing it and immediately thinking, that was definitely made after k saw Meghan’s gown and specifically for her

      • Dee says:

        I’d put money on crimson and black when they visit Harvard.

  20. Emily_C says:

    Flying thousands of miles to stay somewhere for three whole days. Uh, okay.

    • JD says:

      Maybe they’ll take Greta Thunberg’s ride, hah. And to do his Super Bowl end zone victory dance before they even see how it goes is going to track with their usual flops. Here’s hoping Boston comes for them… and not in a good way.

  21. Tessa says:

    I wish a true scholar in early childhood would write an article criticizing Kate and her so called expertise on the subject.

    • tamsin says:

      I don’t think Kate has a body of work to criticize. She hasn’t written anything, created anything
      to support early childhood, or even supported or lobbied for early childhood programs. That is why this “royal work” is such a sham and so very useless. For a society to do buy into the importance of early childhood and to do something about it requires political will and money as well as awareness. Saying that early childhood is important in a human being’s development in 2022 is like saying the sky is blue. Basically, Kate is going to devote her time to shining a light on the fact that the sky is blue.

      • Teagirl says:

        So true. They have done nothing except show up for photo ops. I find the phrase “Some of the things we are focused on right now is supporting some of the most hard-pressed communities up and down the U.K. and we will continue to do that in Boston” offensive because they are not supporting communities in any way. Showing up, waving, and guffawing are not support. Where are the ideas? Where are the references to where people can go to obtain support? Where are the calls for funding, and where are the donations from the Royals?

        It reminds me of something that was said many years ago, I think by Margaret Thatcher. I don’t remember the exact words but it was about the fact that some politicians seem to think that speaking about something is the same as actively doing some thing, and when they had spoken, they felt they had achieved a great deal. They equated speaking with action. The RF seem to think that their very presence solves problems. I have no time for any of them.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Tessa, and I wish that true scholar would be Pippa 🤣

  22. Harper says:

    There is a 100 percent chance of rain on Wednesday in Boston. Will the paid crowds still be expected to stand outside City Hall and whoop it up?

    • Lizzie says:

      Expect a lot of close-up shots of the wails arrival. No one showed up last year in their own country and I doubt anyone will show up to see them get out of a car on in Boston.

  23. Mrs. Smith says:

    I REALLY hope they fly private — fingers crossed!!

    • SussexWatcher says:

      It won’t matter at all. No one will say a word. In fact, their sycophantic media will probably write an article criticizing the Sussexes for some nonsense (they’re winning too many awards!) as a distraction.

  24. Grey says:

    As a person whose actual career is working with children, I am incredibly jealous of her visit to the Centre on the Developing Child at Harvard, I read their work all the time!!

    • BUBS says:

      No need to be jealous. All she’s going to do there is grin manically while waving jazz-hands about for the cameras. Then if she’s asked a question, she’ll twiddle her hair about and mumble mindlessly…wasting everyone’s time as she wasted Dr Biden’s! Sorry to Harvard!

      • Grey says:

        I suppose you are right, lol.. I just think that for people in our field, going to learn there would be amazing and so impactful on the work that is being done on the ground, and she will just do nothing with it. It IS such a waste.

  25. girl_ninja says:

    This trip is already 3 days too long.

  26. cat says:

    chloe x halle, annie lennox, and catherine o’hara definitely caught my attention lmao. i will definitely be on youtube looking for their clips later but still what a waste of time and money.

  27. Lauren42 says:

    All my relatives who live in Boston and those who are Boston-adjacent only care about how this will all affect the traffic. Literally, the only thing that would excite them is if it all got cancelled so that the traffic wouldn’t be so sucky for the sports in the evening.

    Also, if you showed them a picture of these idiots in anything other than tiaras and unearned military honors, no one I know there would have any idea who they are. No one has heard of Earthsh*t and no one there cares about Earthsh*t. Maybe Kate will stop by the local packie and get ingredients for her crack baby cocktails??

    • Carrotface says:

      Yeah I live in Boston (north end, hi to any neighbors!) and I am mostly concerned about how much worse this will make the traffic, the T (our subway) is in bad shape, traffic is already an absolute nightmare. This visit plus the rain plus the Celtics game? Absolute traffic Armageddon.

      I’m peeved that these twits are coming to my city to celebrate themselves. Can’t they do that at home?

      • Another Anne says:

        And Biden is coming to town Friday as well. Utter gridlock. Fair warning to all commuters, work from home for the day if you can!

  28. Michele says:

    Wow. That lead photo of Kate could have been used in the movie Smile …

  29. Lorelei says:

    OMG I’d forgotten that Harry was actually AT the Super Bowl this year and that makes this so much funnier 🤣

  30. Rosina says:

    Our environment is in such critical danger and as such I’m generally supportive of anything being done to highlight ideas that could help. I also think hearing what others are doing to help can be very inspirational to everyone to think of what they can do to help.

    So I was predisposed to like this award, but somewhere along the way they lost me. I mean, what is the objective of the Earthshot prize, other than promoting William & Katherine? Does anyone here even know who the nominees are? I can’t remember hearing who won last year, all the news on the event just seemed to be about William.

    For all the glitz and glamour the Oscars they highlight the films and as a result all the nominees benefit, even if they don’t win. And there’s the merit in them.

  31. Beverley says:

    Why isn’t the focus on the finalists? At this late date, every story should highlight the finalists and their work. It’s painfully obvious that Earthsh*t is merely an aggrandizement of Peggington. Such a lost opportunity to do some real good in the world.

  32. AMD says:

    I think this is the first time since I was a child I’ve been praying for a five day back to back Nor’easter Situation.

    This is all so silly and it’s going to make traffic HORRIBLE. Why couldn’t they go to NYC??? I know they’re dreadfully afraid of being in the same coast as Harry and Meghan, but they know how big the country is. They’re not going to be running into them.

    Wills and Kate are so ridiculous, acting like they need to make sure they’re a a Texas sized distance between them so they don’t accidentally do too much glaring/jaw clenching.

  33. KP says:

    I decided to browse social media to see what the response is and I’m starting to see commentary about Biden is evil don’t meet him and stuff about private jets! None of it seems to be from Sussex fans which is good!

    I really do hope Fox News/NY post jumps on this in regards to their flights travel and start screeching about climate change…I know they love nothing
    I feel like if anything the distraction this “trip” will be their association with Biden and climate change. Let’s see what happens….

  34. Linney says:

    I agree with the other poster who said this sounds like a lovely school field trip. These two fools are the Prince and Princess of Wales! They are over 40! They should have cultivated true passions and done real service by now. Instead, Kate will get dolled up for the Earthshot thing and then they will do their “low key” useless visits because they want to help Boston communities? Because they have such a “keen” interest in Boston communities? And this nonsense about Kate going to Harvard so she can bring information back for her pioneering work is so ridiculous, it’s laughable. I have a feeling they are going to make collossal fools of themselves. What a shame!!!!!

    • windyriver says:

      Isn’t this why she went to Denmark in February? To learn from researchers there and bring back ideas and information? What have been the results of that trip? Apart from a PR video of Kate going down a slide, zilch as usual. I feel sorry for every organization that has to put up with either these two useless posers.

  35. Nadia says:

    Gosh, 6 events in 3 days. How ever will they make it through? They will be so exhausted they will need an extended holiday afterwards.

  36. Birdie says:

    Imagine being busy with end of year craziness and you have to stop your day to tour these farts around and “teach” them stuff.

  37. Carolind says:

    Of course it is lightweight. Look who is doing it. They are pathetic. Camilla on the other hand is using her new role well. Look at her reception today.

  38. Annalise says:

    People don’t “feel warmly towards those roles [the PoWS]”. They feel warmly towards PEOPLE. CERTAIN people. Who are NOT Will & Kate.

  39. Annalise says:

    Somechick- the M dress was insane! Do you think she saw the huge M and thought yes! I’m wearing THAT! Or do you think she subconsciously gravitated towards it because of the M? 🤔 Regardless, I normally make a point to not ever criticize women’s bodies, and really, I’m not doing that here, I’m criticizing the dress. Because how the very tall, very thin Kate managed to make herself look THAT stumpy, with arms that Madonna would envy (but no one else) and THAT short legged……. I’d be firing my stylist STET

  40. JP says:

    Their visit isn’t even a leading story on, and if you find the write up from two days ago the comments are as expected. Lol.

  41. agamble says:

    Can’t they have a tea party and gently toss them in the harbor?

  42. jferber says:

    The reason no one really understands what they do is quite obvious. We are confused because they are incoherent, slippery, lightweight, dumb and superficial.
    THEY don’t even understand what they are doing/supposed to be doing/pretending to be doing. The problem is with them. I don’t know and probably will never know what Earthshot is. I have no idea (besides the 5 question survey, that charade) exactly HOW Kate is working on or pioneering Early Childhood “Awareness.” It’s shoddy make-work (or make-believe work) and no person has a clear idea of what they are doing–including themselves. Truly embarrassing. It’s really not us and it is so truly THEM. Fakers, charlatans, a-holes. Just exhausting and cringe-worthy.

  43. jferber says:

    Oh, and don’t come to Boston with your quackery. We despise you.

  44. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    Didn’t they first claim this was going to be about “quiet wealth and power,” compared to the Sussexes’ chasing celebrity? But now William is having a “star-studded” ceremony? Which is it? Didn’t their people criticize Harry and Meghan for comparing themselves to Diana, and here William and Kate are “parallels” with Princess Diana. Which is it? You know what is a benchmark of racism? Disparate treatment.

  45. Over it says:

    Lol. Oh the keens are never ever going to do more are they? They will forever just be keen.

  46. Linney says:

    Sad to say, there was a lot about the Prince and Princess of Lazy on our local news. The focus was on their trip, arrival time, what they will do, wear, etc. and little (at least what I saw) about the amazing way they do their job. There was a whole segment on a visit they are making to a certain charity and how thrilled the people there are etc. The segment concluded with “They plan on being there for one hour.” One hour? Gee. Do you think you can spare it? My husband, who has no interest in royalty and doesn’t understand mine, looked at me and said, “An hour? That’s it? That’s the big deal?” He thought it was insulting and disrespectful to the people at the charity. I was surprised he noticed because, as I say, he couldn’t care less about royals. Finally, I know several people at Harvard. I texted and asked if they were excited about the visit. All three people texted back “no.” Their concern was how traffic around the area would be affected. None of them planned on making an effort to see Kate the Pioneer of Everything.

  47. Tessa says:

    I had on channel 7 and mercifully there was no coverage