What is Prince Williams Earthshot Prize after projects BAFTA win

The Earthshot Prize was awarded the BAFTA Television Award for Live Event at the 2022 ceremony, beating The Brit Awards 2021 and The Royal Legion Festival of Remembrance.

The prize was launched back in 2020 by the Duke of Cambridge and Sir David Attenborough, in order to reward and celebrate initiatives which aim to help the environment.

The 2021 Earthshot Prize ceremony was held in October 2021 at Alexandra Palace, and was hosted by Clara Amfo, 37, and Dermot O'Leary, 48, and broadcast on both Discovery+ and BBC One.

It is organised by The Royal Foundation and Prince William, 37, who first announced details of the prize in December 2019.

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He explained how the prize would be awarded to five individuals or organisations who have provided solutions for environmental problems between 2021 and 2030.

The name was inspired by former US president John F. Kennedy Moonshot, also known as Project Apollo.

The Duke and David, 96, formally launched the Earthshot Prize in October 2020 with a prize budget of £50million, and William then gave a talk where he spoke about climate change and how urgent action needs to be taken.

The prize is funded by donations from charities and philanthropists, such as Greenpeace, Conservation International, and the Bezos Earth Fund.

From 2021 until 2030, a prize of £1million will be awarded each year to five different winners. The prize categories are the restoration and protection of nature, air cleanliness, ocean revival, waste-free living and climate action.

When accepting the BAFTA on 8 May, Dermot and Clara opened up about working with the Duke, praising him for his "incredible empathy and enthusiasm".

Dermot told how the prize is William's "baby", saying: "A word as well, just a special thanks to Prince William because it is very easy to be cynical about someone who comes from such privilege but he approached the whole thing with this incredible empathy and enthusiasm, vitality and this really is his baby which is why Earthshot is now fourth in line to the throne."

The presenting duo accepted the award alongside Gemma Thomas, Caroline Lloyd, Mark Sidaway and Julia Knowles.

Prince William took to Twitter to address the win, writing: "I am so proud of the whole team behind the Earthshot Prize London 2021 for taking home a BAFTA tonight!

“It’s a joy to work with you all and this accolade sets the bar high for inspirational, sustainable live events right across the world.

“We can’t wait for USA 2022! W.”

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