Prince William chats to Cate Blanchett at Earthshot ceremony

Hannah Waddingham steals the show while meeting Prince William – along with Cate Blanchett – at the Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony in Singapore

  • Read more: Prince William admits green campaigning is an ‘uphill battle’ and says that he talks to his children about food waste – as he meets with Earthshot finalists ahead of awards ceremony

Prince William enjoyed the company of some of the world’s biggest stars as he attended the Earthshot Prize ceremony in Singapore today. 

The royal, 41, perfectly co-ordinated with guest Hannah Waddingham – with William donning a sharp velour suit and dickie bow, while the Ted Lasso star wore a dazzling black ballgown with an emerald sash – as the pair strolled a green carpet for the 2023 Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony.

There was further green-hued glamour at the environmental prize, held at The Theatre at Mediacorp in Singapore, when Cate Blanchett, looking elegant in a cream embroidered trouser suit, posed for photos alongside the heir to the throne. 

Stars from the world of showbiz had jetted across the globe to attend the glitzy ceremony – included US actor Sterling K. Brown and singer songwriter Freya Ridings.

Green glamour! Hannah Waddingham walks with the Prince of Wales as he arrives for the 2023 Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony, at The Theatre at Mediacorp, Singapore on Tuesday 

Wearing an over-sized poppy to mark Remembrance Sunday this weekend, Hannah Waddingham strikes a pose on the green carpet as the guests arrived at the ceremony

William donned a sharp emerald velour jacket and dickie bow, while the Ted Lasso star wore an elegant black ballgown with an emerald sash – as the pair strolled a green carpet for the 2023 Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony

Cate Blanchette also attended the ceremony – wearing a beautiful embroidered cream wide-legged trousersuit with matching waistcoat

William and Cate! The royal and his A-lister guest seen at the ceremony on Tuesday; one winner from 15 finalists will scoop the top prize 

However, it was home-grown star Hannah Waddingham who arguably stole the show, as she sashayed down the green carpet chatting to Prince William. 

This year’s Eurovision host donned an over-sized poppy to mark Remembrance Sunday this weekend, striking a pose for photographers as she walked to shake hands with William. 

Earlier, Prince William admitted he believes green campaigning is ‘an uphill battle’ while wishing finalists in the prize good luck.

The Prince of Wales, together with Hannah Jones, chief executive of the Earthshot Prize, met all 15 finalists shortlisted for the awards on Tuesday morning at the base of the world famous Supertrees in Gardens by the Bay.

While there, he heard more about their projects and how the Earthshot fellowship retreat in Singapore this week has helped them.

A warm welcome: William greets Cate, just one of a host of glamorous guests to attend the event in the Far East on Tuesday

All smiles for the big prize: Prince William with Hannah Waddingham and US actor Sterling K. Brown

Beauty: The Eurovision star, whose career has soared in recent weeks, looked stunning at the event 

Prince William was joined by a host of high-profile stars on the green carpet – and chatted as he strolled alongside Eurovision star Hannah

Hearing how several of the finalists hoped to scale their projects going forwards, William praised them for their work so far, saying: ‘Campaigning activism is really hard work sometimes, it’s an uphill battle, that’s the point of Earthshot – to elevate the wonderful work you’re all doing. It’s mine and Hannah’s job to scale you up.

‘Good luck to all of you.’

William also spoke with Nidhi Pant of S4S Technologies based in India, one of the Build A Waste Free World finalists – revealing that he speaks to his children about food waste.

Stepping out! Prince William arriving at the Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony earlier in the evening

Prince William arrived at the event to be greeted by the CEO of The Earthshot Prize, Hannah Jones

Striding forth: The Prince heads for the main event after arriving at the glitzy Singapore venue

Her project combats food waste, rural poverty and gender inequality by helping smallholder female farmers preserve and market surplus produce, including misshapen vegetables.

He told Ms Pant: ‘It’s so important. The amount of conversations we have as a family – picking up a carrot with a funny shape and asking why it can’t be sold – it’s mad.’

With the Protect and Restore Nature finalists, the prince spoke to Manja Kargbo, founder of the Freetown the Treetown tree-preservation project in Sierra Leone, a ‘pay as you plant’ scheme for local communities.

Freya Ridings was also amongst the guests at this year’s Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony

He asked her: ‘Has this week and the fellowship been helpful, useful?’

Ms Kargbo told him: ‘It has been an amazing week, with so much energy and engagement with my cohort.’

While chatting to the Clean our Air finalists, Gunnlaugur Erlendsson, the founder and chief executive of ENSO, a London-based company that makes tyres for electric vehicles that are designed to be more sustainable and reduce pollution, asked William how he had found dragon boat racing on Monday.

Laughing, the prince replied: ‘Quite competitive, I felt it a bit in the shoulders this morning.’

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