Prince William’s exciting solo trip revealed after cancelling earlier plans for heartbreaking reason

Prince William’s exciting solo trip is planned for September a year after he cancelled his appearance at a special summit

Prince William’s exciting solo trip has been announced. Seen here is the Prince of Wales in the Royal Box during the Gentlemen's Singles Final
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Prince William’s exciting solo trip has been revealed after he cancelled earlier plans for an utterly heartbreaking reason. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton might not have undertaken any engagements abroad so far in 2023 amidst their busy pre and post-coronation schedule, but this will all change soon for the future King. Over the coronation weekend Prince William hinted at the epic location that the Wales family could visit on their next big trip abroad. He suggested that there could be plans for them to visit Australia again “very soon”, however Prince William’s exciting solo trip has just been confirmed and it’ll take him across the pond.

As reported by The Telegraph, Kensington Palace has announced that Prince William will be in New York in September to attend the second Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit. This will be co-hosted by the Earthshot Prize and Bloomberg Philanthropies. 

Prince William, Prince of Wales visits Reach Up Youth

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As Prince William founded the environmental prize it’s perhaps no surprise that he’s set to be at the summit. However, he was also supposed to be there at the inaugural summit last year, but ended up cancelling his visit for a heartbreaking reason. Like this year, the 2022 summit took place in September and Prince William pulled out of the trip after Queen Elizabeth passed away at Balmoral that month.

Her State Funeral was a hugely poignant occasion attended by the immediate and extended Royal Family, European royals and politicians from around the world. As both a grieving grandson and the new Prince of Wales, Prince William remained in the UK throughout the official mourning period following Queen Elizabeth’s funeral and supported King Charles at this difficult time.

Prince William, Prince of Wales, King Charles III, David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, King Charles III and Anne, Princess Royal walk behind the State Hearse

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Whilst he was understandably absent, the summit was attended by the likes of Queen Rania of Jordan, the then-Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, Bill Gates and Matt Damon. This year Kensington Palace confirmed that the summit will bring together the Earthshot Prize finalists, previous winners, business leaders and activists. 

The New York summit will unveil this year’s 15 finalists, with the winner set to be named at the Awards ceremony in Singapore in November. And although Prince William’s exciting solo trip is primarily for the summit, he’s also reportedly planning to undertake other engagements and meetings during his time in New York from 18th-19th September. 

Catherine, Princess of Wales and Prince William, Prince of Wales attend The Earthshot Prize 2022

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So far, it’s not been confirmed that the Princess of Wales will be joining him in New York, but it seems likely that she will be at the third Earthshot Prize Awards in Singapore. She was at both the previous ceremonies and who could forget when Kate Middleton stunned in neon green in 2022 when the awards were held in Boston? 

It’s possible that if the Prince and Princess of Wales do go to Singapore together it will be their first joint overseas trip in 2023. Although fans might also be hoping for an announcement of more international visits for the couple very soon too.

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with seven years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.