EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: That’s how to do it! Prince William gives Prince Harry a lesson in fundraising as his Earthshot Prize charity brings in a huge £22.5million in just NINE months
He suddenly faces a future which is much less certain than seemed imaginable only a few weeks ago.
But the Prince of Wales, beset by concerns for the wellbeing of both his wife, Catherine, and, even more acutely, King Charles, has just received a timely boost to his morale.
It comes courtesy of the Earthshot Prize, initiated by William in 2019 and first awarded two years later when five winners, in separate categories, each received £1 million for devising solutions to what William described as ‘some of the world’s greatest environmental problems’.
At the time, Earthshot was administered by the Royal Foundation, established by Princes William and Harry back in 2009 to further their various charitable ambitions.
The Prince and Princess of Wales arrive for the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony in 2022
It’s quite a contrast with the performance of the Archewell Foundation, established by Harry and Meghan after they resigned from their roles at the Royal Foundation. Pictured, Prince Harry attends the Adam Tower project introduction and global partnership between Booking.com, SkyScanner, CTrip, TripAdvisor and Visa
But in 2022 the prize was hived off, to be administered as an entirely separate charity.
If there were any doubts that it could flourish, they have now been conclusively banished.
I can reveal that the new charity — now called the Earthshot Prize — pulled in a mammoth £22.4 million in income in its first nine months alone.
While the Royal Foundation transferred £8.6 million, the remainder came from a variety of sources, as accounts just published by the Charity Commission disclose.
Prince William, Prince of Wales and Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Lawrence Wong visit the TreeTop Walk
Prince William, Prince of Wales speaks with CEO of Gardens by the Bay, Felix Loh
Donations totalled £7 million, while ‘gifts in kind’ accounted for just over £3 million, and a grant from the American Friends of the Royal Foundation for another £2.7 million.
The remaining five per cent – £1.1 million – came in sponsorship and from licensing income.
It’s quite a contrast with the performance of the Archewell Foundation, established by Harry and Meghan after they resigned from their roles at the Royal Foundation.
Figures published by the U.S. tax authorities just before Christmas show that the couple saw donations plummet by £8.7 million, down from £10.3 million to just under £1.6 million in a single year.
Livia and mum have a spot of wardrobe bother
Colin Firth and Livia Giuggioli attend the UK premiere of ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ at BFI Southbank on September 13, 2011
Colin Firth’s estranged wife, Livia Giuggioli, clearly shares her taste in clothes with her mother Paola.
‘When I meet my mum for dinner and we are both wearing the same old leopard-print coat,’ says the film producer-turned-eco activist, who shared this photograph online from her native Italy.
Livia, 54, has two sons with Bridget Jones star Firth, 63, from whom she separated in 2019.
She was allegedly stalked by her childhood friend Marco Brancaccia after they ended their year-long affair in 2016.
She is now going out with Scottish climate crusader Callum Grieve, 46, whom she refers to as her ‘Master Chef’.
Mixed messages from Marylebone Cricket Club, once a bastion of British taste but in recent years better known for its attempts to look woke and ‘accessible’.
The club has sent members details of a special-edition MCC wristwatch made by swanky Swiss firm Oris.
There is a long spiel about how both MCC and Oris are ‘aligned with the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals’.
And the price of this little timepiece? A not exactly accessible £2,700.
Trump’s net loss
Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally ahead of the Republican caucus in Las Vegas
He’s regularly observed that he ‘loves Scotland’, as did his late mother who grew up in a Gaelic-speaking household in the Outer Hebrides.
But might Donald Trump, who plans to build a new golf course on his 1,400-acre Aberdeenshire estate, soon prefer it to the U.S.?
I ask because, Trump, 77, has just lost a bid to gain control of ‘maralago.com’ — a domain name for his Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago that doubles up as a luxurious private members’ club.
A panel of the World Intellectual Property Organisation ruled there was ‘insufficient proof’ to rule in Trump’s favour. Enough to make The Donald blast his way straight into a bunker.
Miriam Cates (pictured) has a campaign on the dangers of young people being exposed to extreme porn
Miriam Cates is struggling to win over some fellow Tory MPs to her campaign on the dangers of young people being exposed to extreme porn on the internet.
‘They don’t really believe it’s happening,’ she explains.
Describing efforts to talk to colleagues in the Commons tea rooms, the MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge says: ‘Hi there, hope you’re enjoying your eggs on toast, I want to talk to you about porn.’
Cates adds: ‘It’s not very social, is it?’
Why Kevin’s Grand Design is top secret
Kevin McCloud (pictured) won’t be inviting the cameras in to Casa McCloud
Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud has helped hundreds of homeowners create their dream residence — but he won’t be inviting the cameras in to Casa McCloud.
‘My own home is near the Welsh borders,’ he says. ‘It is a nice, safe place to be far away enough for nobody to want to try and get here.
Putting it on television would mean there’s nothing left.
If there was ever any mystery or intrigue about my domestic life, it would be blown out of the water and everybody would say, “Oh, I didn’t realise it would be that dull”.’
McCloud offers one caveat: ‘I could be persuaded otherwise if [the producers] bought my house first. And then I’d put it on television.’
Can cash-strapped Channel 4 spare the funds?