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‘Consider the legacy of colonialism and racism’: Black reverend opens William and Kate’s Earthshot event with awkward lecture on historic prejudice – just HOURS after Palace race scandal triggered by Prince’s own godmother

  • Reverend Mariama White-Hammond was one of several speakers at the Earthshot Prize launch in Boston on Wednesday, when she made a speech that included comments on the impact of racism on climate change 
  • She told the crowd to ‘consider the legacy of colonialism and racism’, adding that it has impacted people across the world’
  • Caroline Kennedy, daughter of late President JFK, whose Moonshot speech inspired Earthshot, was meant to be in attendance however she was unable to attend due to ‘disrupted travel plans’ 
  • Similarly, John Kerry, presidential envoy for climate, was due to be in attendance, but informed the Prince and Princess earlier today that he would ‘sadly no longer be able to attend’ 
  • Prince William and Kate Middleton touched down in Boston on Wednesday afternoon and were greeted by Governor Baker of Massachusetts amid a furious Buckingham Palace race row 
  • William’s godmother Lady Susan Hussey was accused of making racist comments to black domestic abuse campaigner Ngozi Fulani at an event hosted by Queen Consort Camilla on Tuesday night


A black reverend began the Prince and Princess of Wales’ Earthshot launch event today by giving a lecture about the ‘legacy of colonialism and racism’ – just hours after Buckingham Palace became embroiled in a furious race row when William’s godmother was accused of making racist remarks at an event hosted by Queen Consort Camilla. 

Just minutes before William and Kate took to the podium at the Boston launch event of the Prince’s Earthshot Prize, Reverend Mariama White-Hammond – the city’s Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space – gave a strong speech in which she told the crowd to ‘consider the legacy of colonialism and racism’, particularly when it comes to their impact on climate change.

As the Prince and Princess Wales watched on from the wings, Reverend Hammond, who founded a youth organization focused on ‘teaching the history of the Civil Rights Movement’, said: ‘On this day, I invite us all to consider the legacy of colonialism and racism.’ 

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