Fans are speculating if Kate Middleton’s absence is affecting Prince William. Royal fans are worried as photos of Prince William’s solo visit to the United Arab Emirates have emerged. Fans noted that he looks “uneasy” in the pictures. Pictures of Prince William were released on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official Twitter account sharing with the public what he has been up to ahead of the UK National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai.
The Duke was seen visiting the Jubail Mangroves, which is a nature preservation and haven for marine and avian species that are native to Abu Dhabi. However, since Kensington Palace released the photos, fans could not help but note how “uncomfortable” he looked with some speculating that he felt so because of his wife’s, Kate Middleton, absence.
Reacting to the pictures on Twitter, one wrote: “William doesn’t look at ease, like at all. Maybe because Kate isn’t with him.” Another chimed in: “His jaw gives it away.” While a third joked: “Yeah, that part of the work sucks.”
Prince William set to visit Dubai Expo 2020 as part of first UAE visit
Prince William’s visit coincides with the UK’s national day at Expo 2020, the world’s fair taking place in Dubai. Prince William, second in line to the British throne, on Thursday visited the United Arab Emirates in what Kensington Palace said is the Duke of Cambridge’s first official visit to the UAE, reported Reuters.
The visit, at the request of Britain’s foreign office, comes as it seeks to deepen trade relations with wealthy Gulf Arab states as part of its post-Brexit strategy. The Prince said on Twitter he was looking forward to using the trip to discuss achieving a more sustainable world.
The Duke of Cambridge’s visit coincides with the UK’s national day at Expo 2020, the world’s fair taking place in Dubai, reported The Associated Press. Prince William will visit the UK pavilion and tour the $7 billion grounds of the Expo site, where he will discuss the importance of conservation efforts with young Emiratis, officials and conservationists.
Launched by Prince William and The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in late 2020, The Earthshot Prize held its first-ever award ceremony late last year, offering five, 1 million-pound prizes to innovators, entrepreneurs and scientists seeking solutions to the world’s greatest environmental problems. The award is being funded for 10 years, totaling 50 prizes.
This year’s award ceremony will be held in the United States. Last year’s finalists will showcase their innovative solutions to an audience at Expo’s DP World pavilion following a speech by Prince William. William visited ports giant DP World’s Jebel Ali Port as well to highlight his United for Wildlife campaign against the illegal wildlife trade.
While the British monarchy has few practical powers and is expected to be non-partisan, it gives Britain a degree of “soft” power in global, diplomatic relations. Prince Charles, William’s father and first in line to the throne, has visited the Gulf many times and developed strong links with the region.