Prince William announces next destination of Earthshot Prize Awards | Royal | News

The heir to the throne – who has attended all the presentation events- first initiated the idea of the award back in 2019.

The award is given to five individuals or organisations who provided impactful and sustainable solutions for the planet’s environmental problems.

William’s passion project launched in 2020 and came to fruition in 2021 when five winners were awarded £1 million each.

Back then the project was part of the Royal Foundation – a charity first established by Prince William and Prince Harry in 2009 to take forward their charitable ambitions.

In 2011 and 2018, Princess Kate and Meghan Markle joined as patrons of the foundation, however, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex left in June 2019.

In July 2022 it was announced that the Earthshot Prize had become an independent charity.

Last year the awards took place in Singapore, after prize-giving events were held in Boston in 2022 and London’s Alexandra Palace in 2021.

Hannah Jones, the Earthshot Prize’s chief executive, said: “This is the Earthshot decade, a decade in which we must, by 2030, reduce CO2 emissions by over 40 percent, and protect 30 percent of nature, oceans and freshwater.

“The nominations to the Earthshot Prize remind us that human ingenuity, grit and determination can turn the seemingly impossible into the new normal.

“We’re delighted to be working with changemakers and partners across Africa to spotlight the incredible innovation emerging across the continent, to convene courageous conversations about scale and finance, and to partner with young creators and filmmakers to tell the story of changemakers across Africa.”

It comes as the Prince of Wales’s Earthshot Prize charity saw a mammoth boost to its income in just nine months, as it brought in £22.5 million, according to the Mail’s Richard Eden.

Out of the £22.4million, £8.6million was transferred by the Royal Foundation, while another £7million came from donations.

According to the Charity Commission’s disclosure, as per Eden, ‘gifts in kind’ accounted for just over £3million, while another £2.7million came from the American Friends of the Royal Foundation.

The remaining five percent – £1.1million – came in sponsorship and licensing income.

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