New Yorkers left stunned as Prince William joins locals on morning run in Central Park

Like a true New Yorker, Prince William took to Central Park for a low-key Tuesday morning run - joining "hordes" of other joggers who appeared none the wiser. ‌

Prince William took to Central Park for some “fresh air” on Tuesday morning in New York City going running with other residents of the Big Apple.

The future king is in the Empire State for the Earthshot Summit which celebrates his Earthshot Prize – an award given to those using innovative ways to tackle environmental issues.

During a fireside chat about the prize, previous winner Vaitea Cowan asked Prince William: “Is it true? Did you go running in Central Park this morning?”

The Prince of Wales answered: “I did, Vaitea, yes. I decided to join the hordes of New Yorkers doing their morning routine.

“It was wonderful waking up in New York on a sunny morning rather than the rain we had yesterday. It was beautiful getting some fresh air this morning.”


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Prince William looked at home wading in the waters of the East River.

Prince William looked at home wading in the waters of the East River. (Image: GETTY)

That run started off a busy day for Prince William – the Earthshot Prize revealed its 15 finalists. Five of those finalists will be awarded during the prize ceremony in Singapore on November 7.

Speaking on why Singapore was chosen this year, Prince William said: “We want to get around the world. We want to see solutions in different places; we want to work with those existing ones while opening new chapters, new areas.

“I think Singapore is a gateway to the Southeast Area; it’s a new region. We know the innovation sectors there are huge and technology is booming there. Singapore is a city of nature, so they get it.”

In 2021 the awards were held in London. Last year they took place in Boston.


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William met with students studying marine biology.

William met with students studying marine biology. (Image: GETTY)

It was William’s first trip to the Big Apple since 2014 and the Prince said he was glad to be back.

He kicked off his two-day tour by visiting the Billion Oysters Project which aims to restore reefs in the city’s harbour.

The future king looked quite at home wading in the waters of the East River collecting shellfish while wearing waders and yellow protective gloves.

During that visit, he also met with students studying marine biology and was pictured examining sea life in a small tank with the pupils.

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