Clutch your pearls: See Prince William get all wet in NYC visit
19.09.2023 - 01:33
a lot of oysters. Prince William, 41, touched down in New York City on Monday for a solo visit — leaving behind his wife, Kate Middleton, 41 — and declared that it was “so good to be back in the United States.” Then he got his feet wet — literally — during a visit to Governor’s Island.Arriving there straight from Newark Airport, the Prince of Wales donned waders, a neon orange life vest and a pair of bright yellow gloves to meet with the Billion Oyster Project (BOP), a nonprofit working to help restore oyster reefs to New York Harbor.
The project cures oyster shells for a year, collecting them, in part, from dozens of restaurants like popular NYC spots Crave Fishbar and Grand Banks. They are put through a long process to restore oyster reefs that help protect the city from storm surges, among other benefits.
During his visit, his first stateside trip since 2014, Prince William lifted a few handfuls of oysters from their cages and spoke to shocked students from the New York Harbor School MAST Center’s oyster hatchery, whose meeting with the royal was kept under wraps until Monday morning. The prince also met with four restaurateurs, including Crave Fishbar owner Brian Owens, who has donated 3 million oyster shells since 2015 — and was taken aback by how interested Prince William seemed.
“I was surprised at how engaging he was and how many questions he had, and I think he had some good questions,” Owens said.Ben LoGuidice, who works in remote setting management, echoed that the prince was “very interested” in the process.In remarks, Prince William proclaimed that “no one does optimism and ingenuity like the American people,” and he further embraced the American spirit by referencing former President John F. Kennedy.
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