President Joe Biden had forced to wait for Prince William in icy temperatures in Boston today ahead of the highly-anticipated meeting. The 80-year-old Biden looked frail as he waited for William to turn up. As William arrived, the Prince of Wales could be heard saying ‘Hello Mr President’ before the two warmly embraced.
The US President quipped in response ‘Where’s your top coat?’ as temperatures in the Massachusetts capital hover above freezing.
The pair walked and talked after meeting outside JFK Memorial Library in Boston ahead of tonight’s Earthshot Award ceremony.
William was heard expressing his thanks for the warm American welcome he had received, along with his wife Kate, Princess of Wales, during their three-day trip.
The two high-profile figures met after William had met with John F. Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy, at the same location.
William also met with Caroline Kennedy’s children Jack and Tatiana Schlossberg as he toured the museum.
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President John F. Kennedy’s Moonshot challenge is cited as the key inspiration behind William’s Earthshot Prize.
President Biden was understood to be keen to meet William during his trip to Boston.
The meeting was arranged after a chance last-minute diary change for President Biden meant he was in Boston for a political fundraiser.
US aides said President Biden was “hugely supportive” of William’s Earthshot Prize, which resonates with his own attempts to tackle climate change.
It is understood that the two men discussed the climate crisis and the Earthshot Prize’s contribution to the protection of the environment.
The event will also feature performances by Billie Eilish, Annie Lennox, Chloe x Halle and Ellie Goulding, who performed at the couple’s 2011 wedding reception.
While William met with President Biden, his wife, Kate, the Princess of Wales, had her own solo engagement in Harvard.
Kate visited the Ivy League school’s Center on the Developing Child, which is partnered with the Princess’ own Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood.
The 40-year-old royal spoke with researchers about the advances in science that can be used to achieve a promising future for every child.