Sibling unease dogs Prince William’s ‘Earthshot’ US trip
Prince William’s visit to a US school was marred by a row over his school’s “Earthshot” project, an initiative for “greenwashing” that involves the planting of trees on the same plot of land that a famous British royal family once called home.
The Earthshot initiative was initiated by some of the school’s pupils, who planted the trees at a private residence during a school-wide planting day, following the announcement that Prince William had chosen the school in Kensington to open its first new building in over a century.
But this led to a flurry of controversy, with parents and some pupils taking offense at the project for “greenwashing”, claiming that planting trees on the same plot that the royal family once enjoyed could be seen as disrespectful to their parents’ memory.
The row began after the school’s headmaster, Peter Gormley, announced on January 30th that the building had been named after Queen Victoria, as a way of “honoring” the school’s founder, the Queen, who had lived there during the early days of her reign in 1837, before it became an orphanage.
The Earthshot project was also seen by some as an attempt to “greenwash” the school and Gormley was criticized for not being more “environmentally-minded.”
The school has since abandoned the name “Queen Victoria” in favor of another project name, “One Earth, One School,” which is also planned to feature plants.
Gormley defended his decision to name the school after the monarch, saying that it was a “great recognition of our heritage.”
He added that the school’s history had meant that “every student has