Cate Blanchett & Hannah Waddingham will fly to Singapore for the Earthshot Awards

We’re coming up to “Earthshot Week,” it will be here soon enough. November 7th is the date of the Earthshot Prize ceremony, but William will be in Singapore for four days, spinning his wheels and trying to create “global statesman” photo-ops without ever doing the work of being a global statesman. The Singapore awards will be the first Earthshot Prize ceremony to actually fly the finalists in – in the two previous years, William merely flew in the celebrities. The finalists were only able to, like, Zoom into the ceremony. Well, no worries, because this year, William is still making some celebrities fly in. Cate Blanchett is going to Singapore, as is Hannah Waddingham.

Cate Blanchett has hailed Prince William’s Earthshot Prize awards as “game-changing” as it is revealed she will join him in Singapore. The Oscar-winning actress, 54, will take part by announcing the winners of the prize next month during its third annual awards ceremony.

She said: “The climate solutions showcased by the prize are wildly exciting – exciting because they are so simple, so possible, and so inevitable. The solutions are game-changing, and like all truly game-changing ideas, they have a strange ‘how could we not have thought and implemented this before?!’ quality. I am proud to be a small part of unveiling the winners.”

Blanchett, who has been an Earthshot Council member since the inception of the Prize in 2020, added: “The Earthshot Prize is, again, highlighting and incentivising courageous, progressive, and inventive solutions that can be rapidly upscaled. We don’t have time for inaction and despair, and the incredible climate solutions from around the globe are cause for genuine hope.”

She will be joined in announcing the winners at the event by Robert Irwin, the son of the late Australian conservationist Steve Irwin, as well as actress Lana Condor and South African actress and humanitarian Nomzamo Mbatha. The awards ceremony will also feature performances by the pop bands Bastille and OneRepublic, as well as the Singaporean choral society, Voices of Singapore.

Meanwhile, the Emmy-award winning Ted Lasso actress Hannah Waddingham has been announced as the host of the evening, saying she will spotlight the stories and solutions of this year’s cohort of 15 finalists.

[From The Telegraph]

I love Hannah but I get the feeling that she goes to the opening of an envelope, and she was probably just happy to book a gig as MC of some awards show. Cate Blanchett though… well, I appreciate that she’s talking about the actual awards and the innovators and not acting like it’s The William Show.

With all of this talk about some glitzy awards show with celebrities being flown into Singapore for William’s busy-work, I’m reminded of the financial disclosures from the Royal Foundation. Remember this? The Royal Foundation spent £12.1 million on Earthshot in 2021, and only “£5 million” of that was prize money. William blew through £7.1 million of donor money to throw himself a party and embiggen himself.

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  1. What a waste of money and flying people in to Singapore of all places for this earthshit show for Peg to play at being a global statesman. I hope it gets little to no coverage.

    • Elizabeth says:

      I just saw a commercial for the Earthshot Awards while I was watching a program on PBS. Interestingly, William is all about having celebrities give out the awards, meanwhile, Prince Harry keeps the focus on the athletes at the Invictus Games. He’s not flying in Nacho or Serena to give out the medals.

      • clarissa says:

        this is a great point when you consider any major athletic or academic competition, the people handing out the awards are usually employees of the organization that sponsored it. in most cases a casual watcher might not know who they are. this is more like a media award a la grammys, oscars, VMAs, where the presenters are famous people

  2. EggplantPeggie says:

    The more I think about the earthsht project, the more I find the Eggplant Prince’s team to be made of morons, with him being their top idiot. Why, WHY, would you make a top 1 planet issue a world traveling project knowing that it largely contributes to the issue is beyond me. Makes absolutely no fckn sense. These people can’t think outside the box, they solely aim at what others are doing (*cough* Invictus), want to be a global royal family (which nobody wants and they get rejected at every visit outside their own country) and have absolutely no clue. I can’t stop myself from thinking that the celebrities traveling to the destination of earthsht are also part of the problem/moron project.

    • kirk says:

      Dunno. Goldman Prize Awards have been held in San Francisco since the inception 35 years ago, except when they did it virtually throughout the pandemic. Reception following award ceremony is held across the street at SF City Hall. Many former Goldman winners Marched to End Fossil Fuels 9-17-23 to kick off Climate Week in NYC, unlike Willy who supposedly ran alone in Central Park.

      Cate Blanchett is EzEco like Willy who wants no guilt. How many homes is she up to now? Three or four on separate continents? Am guessing her four children fly private between homes; no word on whether they buy flight climate offsets. She’ll probably save the planet by buying plastic made from seaweed rather than corn.

    • Dutch says:

      The Earthshot Prize isn’t totally funded by the Royal Foundation. There are a lot of other foundations and philanthropists that provide funding. The location of this year’s awards may have been as simple as “big time donor said Singapore is lovely in November and William said yessir” Optics schmoptics as long as the check clears.

  3. Dutch says:

    Those celebs aren’t being compelled to appear, they are being well-compensated by the Dutchy of Cornwall to go to Singapore. You can get celebs to show to just about anything as long as you meet their price.

    • Gizmo’sMa says:

      Thank you!!!!!!! They are not doing this for free. They are not appearing from the goodness of their hearts. All celebrities have appearance fees. Last Year they had Billie Eilish whose appearance fee starts at one million. That’s where all that extra donor money is going into appearance fees.

      I am never surprised by where or what a celebrity is attending/performing. They are just doing their jobs.

    • PrincessK says:

      I bet Cate Blanchette wasn’t the first choice.
      I bet other A listers turned him down.

  4. Cassie says:

    Christ,.Cate Blanchet and Robert Irwin , beloved icons here in Australia .
    The media will be all over this and Royal Statesman William .

    Yuck I might have to leave the country .

    • jemmy says:

      It’s been rumoured that Cate Blancet is after a gong – maybe OBE/MBE/CMBE ?

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      Kate Blanchett is a Roman Polanski supporter who named her son after him. I realize she’s a talented actor, but why do people “belove” her? She’s a garbage person.

      • The Old Chick says:

        I don’t know if she’s beloved really. She’s successful and that helps. I liked her early in her career but she’s so dodgy I actively avoid her movies now. Ugh. How people who constantly fly private turn up at these things without a moment of self reflection. Now she’s even worse. But sure, the rest of us are meant to eat bugs to save the planet.

    • PrincessK says:

      Cate Blanchett = Boring ….yawn!

  5. Molly says:

    That green velvet jacket & turtleneck combo is so smarmy…

  6. aquarius64 says:

    You know what’s happening on Nov 7? The State Opening of Parliament. Charles gives his first speech as monarch and the heir is a no show. How is this a good look? World press will most likely focus there.

  7. MaryContrary says:

    His Gru outfit will never not be funny.

  8. Cessily says:

    Does this even make news outside of Britain and the host city? Just curious because I only ever see it covered here. The entire event sound like it will be extremely boring.

    • SarahCS says:

      “The entire event sound like it will be extremely boring.”

      And that’s the most frustrating part. This is one of the biggest issues of our times and has the potential to absolutely do good for the planet and everything on it, but it’s being used as a PR vehicle for this self-absorbed idiot. He’s the reason we never get to hear about the actual nominees and winners.

  9. Jais says:

    It’s still weird to me that this couldn’t be made into a yearly awards show in the UK. Get that William wants to be a global statesman but spending money on an awards ceremony in England would at least help vendors there right? Do awards shows usually travel or aren’t they usually in the same place? Why this needs to be a traveling awards show I’ll never understand. Aside from competition with the other brother.

    • BlueNailsBetty says:

      I have no doubt that William wants EarthSpit in different countries because Harry’s Invictus is in different countries.

      • StillDouchesOfCambridge says:

        Couldn’t even figure out that the purpose of the event doesnt fit with the idea of making the event travel. Incompetent idiots

    • yellowy says:

      I’m amazed he wouldn’t have Commonwealth countries host it but I assume most are too poor/don’t want to pay for the honour.

  10. Amy Bee says:

    William would have been better off have an annual event in London rather than flying all over the world each year. When will the press talk about Shakira no longer being on the Earthshot council?

  11. Carrie says:

    Don’t expect anything better of Cate Stand By Your Man Blanchett. Robert Irwin is the big disappointment. How can this shit show justify the travel when it is about saving the earth. Son of Tampon.

  12. Teddy says:

    Earthshot is tedious because it’s inert. unlike Invictus, which includes thousands of people in an active and emotional week of events that observers can feel and share and experience, Earthshot is a dull evening of show-and-tell. No amount of celebrities can change that.

    • Mary Pester says:

      Another year another vanity project for the global eggplant. William your a bloody hypocrite and so are the celebs that are FLYING IN to save the planet!! Maybe it’s time for some joined up, grown up thinking, like have the awards in London (where you live) and a smaller awards show via zoom in each of the countries that have a winner. That way, your saving the money that has been donated. Oh, just a thought, is it because waity would have to be with you in London, and has your father been to Singapore YET!

  13. Queenmumanne says:

    I just wish the financials got more attention because they are so sketchy. I also wish the people that work for earthshot (at least some of them) were looked into and how much money they made or trips they were taking or gifts. I would imagine there is funny stuff going on.

  14. Lauren says:

    Did y’all know that the Nobel Prize ceremony is hosted by the Swedish Royal family, in tiara’s, every year? Because I had no idea until I started following the different royal families that every year the Nobel Prize ceremony includes 2 tiara events, the award ceremony and a gala banquet.
    Just love to throw in examples of other royal families succeeding at things the Brits fail at.

  15. J.ferber says:

    Kiss-up Cate. No respect for her. And she’s an Australian.

  16. HO says:

    Apparently Charles’ first state opening of parliament is also on November 7th, the last before the general elections. This is very tacky behavior from his heir (who should be in attendance!), exactly what Charles deserves of course, but terrible optics by every standard imaginable. Why would William choose that day of all days? Why not the 8th or 9th?

    • PrincessK says:

      The heir does not usually attend the state opening of Parliament.
      Charles only started attending when his father could no longer stand up and walk.

  17. Reborn Rich says:

    I have but one question: Is this award a game-changer?

  18. Eliora says:

    William is in Singapore for 4 days for a 1 day award ceremony? 🤔👀

    Also the qoute from Cate makes it clear that it is the innovative solutions put forward by the award recipients that she was hailing as “game-changing”. I personally didn’t see William’s name anywhere in there 🤭.

    • Beverley says:

      He’s probably going to rendezvous with his latest sidepiece. 🤷🏾‍♀️ Make it a mini vacay.

  19. Eurydice says:

    William is worthless, but that doesn’t mean the finalists are, too. Their projects are genuine and Earthshot has a whole team of knowledgeable people who choose the best projects. It would be good if they publicized more about the finalists and their projects instead of celebrity name-dropping and William’s sexy statesmanship – maybe Earthshot needs to take over its own PR as well, instead of relying on William’s network which is all self-serving.

  20. tamsin says:

    I think the winners have come up with some good projects. Every action counts and if it can be magnified, there will be an effect. I don’t know what publications there are devoted to the environment, but EarthShot would benefit from an article or two in them. Don’t expect the royal rodents to hype the actual winners; it’s not their job. Their job is the serialization of the soap opera that is the House of Windsor. William is not giving finalists their due publicity because the project was conceived to embiggen William. On the other hand, Invictus was conceived to help veterans. If William wants to appeal to a wider audience by using celebrities that is also fine. Unfortunately, they don’t hype the projects, although Cate’s promo seems to make a start on that.

  21. AMTC says:

    There aint nothing like a Dame and I expect that Cate would like to join the ranks of Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith et al so is prepared to go down the same path as other notable Australian royalists like Barry Humphries by starting first with an order of the brown nose. Very disappointing. Can I also join the chorus of CBers welcoming back the irrepressible Mary Pester. I’m a relative newbie but have loved your take on the RF!