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Royal News Roundup: Prince William's $65 Million Contest, the Queen's Wedding Ring Secret & a Rare Baby Archie Update

Here, all the royal news you need to know for the week of October 8, 2020.

  • To mark the 40th anniversary of homelessness charity The Passage, Prince William wrote the introduction to “A Taste of Home,” a book commemorating four decades of charitable work, with all profits going directly towards supporting people who are street homeless. In the message, the 37-year-old royal spoke about the importance of having a place to call home and a hot meal during these trying and difficult times.
  • Turns out, Princess Charlotte and Kate Middleton are the dancers in the Cambridge family. According to William, the royal ladies are actually total pros at flossing, a dance trend that's been all the rage among the younger generation. In the documentary Prince William: A Planet For Us All, when the duke was asked if he and Prince George learned the floss, he responded with, "No, Charlotte can floss. She can already floss at four.”
  • This week, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry teamed up with the Evening Standard to launch a campaign honoring young people of color in the U.K. During the video call, Markle opened up about their one-year-old son Archie, saying, "[Archie] is so good. We are very lucky with our little one. He is just so busy, he is all over the place. He keeps us on our toes. We are just so lucky."
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  • Kate Middleton and Prince William offered a rare glimpse into Buckingham Palace when they met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine and First Lady Olena Zelenska at Queen Elizabeth's not-so-humble abode earlier this week. As seen in newly released photos, the room features dazzling chandeliers, red carpeting and a stunning white fireplace, on top of which sits a giant framed mirror.
  • A new book recently released details about Queen Elizabeth’s marriage to Prince Philip. Per the novel, during the ceremony, Philip reportedly gave the monarch a gold ring that’s inscribed with a private message. “She never takes it off and inside the ring is an inscription,” author Ingrid Seward wrote. “No one knows what it says, other than the engraver, the Queen and her husband.”
  • Yesterday, the Duchess of Cambridge, 38, paid an under-the-radar visit to the Natural History Museum, where she met with Ms. Fiona McWilliams (AKA the executive director of development). No word on why exactly she was there (a secret project with the museum perhaps?).

Yesterday, the Duchess of Cambridge, 38, paid an under-the-radar visit to the Natural History Museum, where she met with Ms. Fiona McWilliams (AKA the executive director of development). No word on why exactly she was there (a secret project with the museum perhaps?).

  • On Thursday, Prince William launched the biggest environmental initiative in royal history. Called the Earthshot Prize, the program is offering $65 million to provide “solutions to the world’s greatest environmental problems” over the next decade. The initiative is the result of two years of work by the 38-year-old royal and The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

  • It was announced today that in honor of International Day of the Girl, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, for a virtual video chat. The event (which will be live-streamed through YouTube and the Malala Fund's social media platforms), will take place on on October 11 and the trio will discuss “why it's essential to champion every girl's right to learn.”

On Thursday, Prince William launched the biggest environmental initiative in royal history. Called the Earthshot Prize, the program is offering $65 million to provide “solutions to the world’s greatest environmental problems” over the next decade. The initiative is the result of two years of work by the 38-year-old royal and The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.