The Prince of Wales surprised New Yorkers with an early morning jog in Central Park on Tuesday, ahead of the Earthshot Prize summit event.
He is “impatient” to scale up the work of innovators, he later told the event staged to reveal this year’s Earthshot Prize finalists.
He made the comments while taking part in a fireside conversation on stage with Vaitea Cowan, co-founder of 2021 winner Enapter, which uses emission-free hydrogen as an alternative to fossil fuels.
“I’m impatient with all this, so for my role, you guys provide the product, inspiration and solution, my role is to get you as big as fast, as scalable as possible,” Prince William said.
He added: “For now, we are keen on the scale, that’s what I’ve been working on quite heavily is how do we scale the things you’re seeing today because over 10 years we’re going to have a lot of solutions.
“If you take the optimism and hope as a given, when we do the solutions, when we scale them up, how do we have the biggest change?”
He told the audience: “If I can reach more investors and people see this isn’t a philanthropic thing, we’re not doing this to be more philanthropic, we’re doing this because the vast majority of these solutions are commercially viable.”
The Prince also revealed he had been for a jog that morning, adding: “I decided to join the hordes of New Yorkers doing their morning routine as they went around Central Park.”
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Opening the summit in New York, Michael Bloomberg said that the Prince had “won over Americans of all stripes,” citing a recent public figure popularity Gallup poll that the heir to the throne topped in America.
“These days, that is no small feat,” he added, saying: “It showed that the Prince is viewed positively by 60 per cent of Democrats and 60 per cent of Republicans.”
“America has not seen that kind of bipartisanship since 1776,” Mr Bloomberg said: “But this time, we’re all drinking to the health of the King.”
Mr Bloomberg is the UN Secretary General’s special envoy on climate ambition and solutions as well as a global advisor to the winners of the Earthshot Prize.
The Prince arrived in New York solo on Monday. He will not meet his brother Prince Harry during the visit to America. In May this year, New York was the scene of a “near catastrophic car chase” for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.