Royal rift: William and Harry fight charity ‘publicity battle’ over environment

Royal rift: William and Harry fight charity ‘publicity battle’ over environment

The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex have both lent their support to the environment by backing climate change-tackling charities. Harry was interviewed for the launch of environmental-focused streaming service Waterbear Network, whereas William honoured the winners of the Tusk awards, organised by a conservation charity. Now one industry expert has questioned whether the brothers are competing with their environmental efforts.

The Guardian interviewed James Brooke, managing director of Rooster PR, over whether the brothers were on the same page in their environmental pushes.

Citing Harry’s divisive Waterbear appearance, Mr Brooke said the Sussexes are “floundering” in communicating with the larger Royal Family.

He added: “The mistakes they are making are pretty basic. None of this is rocket science.

“I actually think they are genuinely trying to do what they feel is right for causes that are close to their hearts.

“But what’s clear from this week is that there is no conversation between their comms teams, which is really unfortunate.”

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Harry’s video launching the streaming service, which focuses on environmental documentaries, was criticised by some onlookers for his choice of language.

The Duke of Sussex said in his appearance: “For me, it’s about putting the do’s behind the say’s, and that is something that WaterBear is going to be doing: capitalising on a community of doers.”

Language expert Judi James told Express.co.uk Harry came across as “thoroughly muddled” in his remarks, delivering “PR gobbledygook.”

She added: “Harry appears to be drowning in a sea of corporate-speak himself here, getting thoroughly muddled in the process as he talks about ‘putting the do’s behind the say’s’.”

William delivered an update on his and Harry’s joint project, Coach Core, during the charity’s annual awards.

The Royal Foundation-founded charity, which provides sports coaching apprenticeships for 16 to 24-year-olds who are not studying or working, was praised by the Prince for carrying on throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

He added: “This year more than any in the programme’s history, Coach Core’s apprentices have had to overcome challenges, adapt and learn to be flexible in the face of difficulty.

“I am so proud – both of your individual accomplishments this year – and of Coach Core itself.

“Coach Core started as a programme at The Royal Foundation and I’m pleased to say that over the last eight years it has grown substantially and is now an independent charity in its own right, working with over 500 apprentices in 14 sites across the country.”

William and Harry reportedly begun healing their rift in the wake of Meghan’s miscarriage earlier this year.

Mr Scobie claimed the two royals have had “many private conversations” since their father Prince Charles’ coronavirus diagnosis earlier this year.

He said to OK! Magazine: “I know that Harry and William had many private conversations when their father was ill with COVID.

“Similarly with Meghan’s miscarriage, it’s understandable that this tragedy would cause the foursome to stay in touch and check in on one another.”

Published at Sat, 05 Dec 2020 01:51:17 +0000