Prince William and Kate Middleton faced protesters who threatened them for “not getting elected” during their tour in Boston.
People held up signs reading “not elected and not Scottish” and “f**k the monarchy” as the Prince and Princess of Wales arrived at Greentown Labs in Somerville, Massachusetts, today.
But the couple, who are in the US for three days to host the Earthshot Awards tomorrow, were mostly greeted with smiles and friendly placards.
One read “Prince and Princess, welcome to New England” while a little boy even dressed up as a celebrity Buckingham Palace guard.
William and Kate were on their way to meet budding environmental technology entrepreneurs who work for Greentown Labs.
The technology hub has made a name for itself and nurtured a community of climate pioneers for more than a decade
The pair were also booed at a basketball game yesterday, watching the Boston Celtics play the Miami Heat.
After they stood for the national anthem, a stadium announcer introduced them on the big screen, only to be met with small pockets of boos around the arena.
Other fans in the crowd could be heard loudly cheering ‘USA, USA’.
Their journey started in the shadow of the growing racial row surrounding the future king’s godmother, which has left the monarchy accused of being institutionally racist.
Lady Susan Hussey has stepped down from her royal role and apologized after she repeatedly asked Ngozi Fulani, a prominent black British-born domestic violence charity boss, where she “really came from”.
Their trip was further derailed by the surprise release of a trailer for Harry and Meghan’s Netflix docuseries.
The one-minute clip featured never-before-seen private photographs of the couple.
In part of the footage, Meghan appears to be wiping away tears as Harry sits and tilts his head straight back in distress.
A Kensington Palace spokesman has repeated comments made ahead of the trip – that Will and Kate would not be “distracted” by anything else this week.
Emily Nash, royal editor of Hello Magazine has said she thinks the Prince and Princess of Wales will be “disappointed” because the focus is not on their trip to the States.
She said: “I think everyone in the Prince Princess of Wales team is very keen to stay focused on Earthshot. That’s the whole reason they’re here, and this is something they’ve been building up to for 18 months.
“So they’re going to be very disappointed that attention is going elsewhere at the moment and I’m sure there’s going to be concerns about what’s to come in this documentary.”
“But I expect it to be business as usual. They’re just going to get on with it, get their heads down and make the commitments they’ve committed to today. I don’t expect to see any comment.
“It is incredibly difficult. You know, they are senior members of the royal family, they are known not to comment on things that come out in the media.
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