BOSTON — President Joe Biden on Friday met Britain’s Prince William at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.
The meeting took place during the prince’s first overseas visit since the death of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Update 3:25 p.m. EST Dec. 2: Video showed Biden and William shaking hands in greeting on Friday.
Original report: Biden is scheduled to meet with the prince at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum just before 3 p.m. The president will also participate in a phone bank and a fundraiser to support Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., before leaving Boston, according to The Associated Press.
William and his wife, Kate, traveled to the U.S. on Wednesday for the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony. The prize, inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 “Moonshot” challenge, is aimed at helping to grow solutions to address climate change. Five winners are awarded £1 million ($1.2 million) following a global search “for breakthrough solutions that can solve the biggest environmental challenges,” according to organizers.
The royal couple will appear later Friday at the MGM Music Hall in Boston for the Earthshot Award ceremony. The trip is the first overseas for the couple since the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September. It comes as Buckingham Palace deals with a racism scandal centered around William’s godmother, Lady Susan Hussey, according to BBC News.
Ngozi Fulani, the CEO of the domestic violence charity Sistah Space, said in a post Tuesday on social media that a woman — later identified as Hussey — repeatedly asked her “where are you from?” during a reception at Buckingham Palace. Fulani, who is Black, told the BBC that the questioning made her feel like she was being asked to “denounce my British citizenship.”
“It was like an interrogation,” she said. “I guess the only way I can explain it, she’s determined: ‘Where are you from? Where are your people from?’”
Hussey, who served as a lady-in-waiting for Elizabeth, later resigned and apologized for her comments, The Guardian reported. A spokesperson for William added that “racism has no place in our society,” according to the newspaper.
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