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William, 39, participates in his first online question-and-answer session. The Duke of Cambridge shared his most personal story on Instagram, when he announced today that he will “answer questions about the Earthshot Award”.
The story, signed with the letter “W” to let people know it was a personal message from William, included a question box allowing Instagram users to submit their questions.
The box was shared with a photo taken inside William’s office at Kensington Palace, his London residence.
Among the most striking details is a document placed on the desk titled “Earthshot Award – Questions and Answers”.
Unlike his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, William has not directly interacted with his Instagram followers.
Prince William will participate in a question-and-answer session today (Image: GETTY)
Prince William launched the Earthshot Award last October (Image: GETTY)
It comes nearly a year after Kate held her own Q&A on Instagram, focusing on her work during the early years.
After fans and supporters of the royal family submitted their questions, Kensington Palace released a video showing the mother-of-three’s response.
Among the topics, Kate spoke about what sparked her interest in the early years, the challenges as a mother, and her childhood.
When asked what she loves most about being a girl, she said, “That’s a very good question.
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Kate participated in a Q&A session about the early years in November (Image: GETTY)
“I loved spending time outdoors and that stuck with me my whole life.”
This question-and-answer session was launched after the Duchess delivered a keynote speech during the Royal Institution’s Online Early Years Forum in November 2020, which provided a comprehensive examination of the early years and how they are understood.
Highlighting the importance of a better understanding of the first five years of children’s lives and their impact on their development, Kate, 39, said: “Parenting is not a prerequisite for understanding the importance of the early years.
“If we only expect people to care about the early years when they have children, not only are we behind them, but we also underestimate the huge role that other people can play in shaping our formative years.”
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Prince William wants to encourage people to find solutions to save the planet (Image: GETTY)
Some of Kate’s actual work focuses on the early years (Image: GETTY)
While the Duchess’ Q&A has come after her main event, William will take up questions about the Earthshot Award, two days before her first awards ceremony.
On October 17, she will be joined by his wife William and a number of celebrities at Alexandra Palace in London.
The ceremony, which will be broadcast on the BBC World Service, will be hosted by Clara Ampho and Dermot O’Leary.
But it will also feature five exceptional guests, including the £1m winner, including Kate, Emma Thompson and Mo Salah.
Royal engagement rings (Image: GETTY)
Naturalist Sir David Attenborough, who sits on the council and selects five winners each year, will take center stage to talk more about the prize and the importance of finding solutions to environmental challenges.
Explaining what to expect on Sunday, Royal Foundation CEO Jason Knauf said in a statement: “The Earthshot Award is designed to celebrate our finalists as visionary leaders.
“The huge list of artists, athletes and presenters who signed up for the inaugural awards show shows just how excited there is for the optimistic work to tackle the great challenges of our time.
“This will be an award show unlike any you’ve seen before, as it will be fun and inspire you to take action to fix the planet in this special decade.”
William launched the Earthshot Prize last October with the goal of inspiring projects to help solve the environmental crisis.
Kate and Prince William tied the knot in 2011 (Image: GETTY)
The inspiration came after William visited Namibia in 2018, where he witnessed first-hand the community’s conservation work.
The Duke told BBC Newscast on 14 October: “For me, I got out after meeting a lot of good people there and I was really inspired by what I saw, then I went back to the UK and saw the headlines around the world. Globalism. In the world, the media sometimes likes to focus on the negativity.
“I feel like you’re losing people every time you make these headlines, we all understand there’s a really big, urgent message and I’m not saying that we shouldn’t talk about the urgency or the big issues, but ultimately, if we want to address this, if we want to To be ahead, we have to bring the people with us.
“People have to feel that there is hope, and there is a possibility that we can fix this.”
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