William and Kate can win back US fans after Sussexes annihilation, says expert

Kate Middleton and Prince William are set to visit the US in 10 days' time, with insiders seeing the trip as an opportunity to improve the monarchy's standing stateside, according to royal editor Roya Nikkhah.

The new Prince and Princess of Wales, who recently visited a Ukrainian community centre, are set to head across the pond in early December, when they’ll visit Boston to attend the second ever Earthshot prize awards ceremony.

Writing in the Sunday Times, Roya described the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's Oprah interview as '90 minutes of prime-time royal annihilation' which left the monarchy's reputation 'tarnished'.

She added that the couple's trip is therefore an opportunity to get "the House of Windsor firmly back on the front foot across the pond", and to "elevate the monarchy above entertainment news".

Kate and William are slowly getting back to their normal workload after the death of Queen Elizabeth II and were awarded their new titles after William’s father, King Charles III ascended to the throne.

During the trip, the couple will undertake a number of engagements, showcasing issues including climate change, vulnerable young people, and green tech.

The royals haven't visited America since 2014 when they travelled to New York for a series of engagements.

The highlight of the visit will be the second Earthshot Prize awards ceremony, which will take place in Boston on 2 December, before being aired by the BBC, Multichoice in Africa, and PBS in America two days later.

Days after Kate and William attend the event in Boston, the Ripple of Hope Award Gala will be held in New York City on 6 December –where Prince Harry and wife Meghan will pick up an award for their work on racial justice.

The trip comes ahead of two major projects set to be launched by Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41. They include the couple's Netflix documentary, which is expected to air within weeks.

The Sussexes are reported to have tried to push it back to 2023 despite the streaming giant paying them a rumoured £88million for the fly-on-the-wall series.

The show has made waves on both sides of the Atlantic and it is expected to cause fresh turmoil for the Royal Family.

After the Queen's death the Sussexes were said to have wanted to "downplay much of what they have said about King Charles III, Queen Consort Camilla, and the Prince and Princess of Wales" in their documentary series, according to a previous report.

When the Prince and Princess of Wales do visit the US, it is unclear if they will meet with the Sussexes, who are based in Santa Barbara, California.

The tour could also bring a shift in royal attitudes, it has also been claimed.

Robert Jobson told The Mirror he thinks William and Kate will "stamp their personalities" on all future tours and "insist on doing it their way" in order to change with the times.

He said: "I have been covering royal tours for more than 30 years. In that time the format has rarely changed.

"Even those undertaken by Princess Diana, the woman who is supposed to have changed the monarchy, followed a set pattern of formal dinners, speeches, walkabouts, hospital and school visits, and glad-handing politicians, some had murky pasts.

"If they insist – or at least strongly desire – the royal principal riding in a vintage Land Rover at a passing out parade once used by the Queen in bygone colonial times, as happened to William and Kate, nine times out of ten it will happen."


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