Status: 22.09.2023, 07:09 a.m.
By: Annemarie Göbbel
Without Charlène of Monaco, Prince Albert's appearances often lack the glamour factor. In New York, he almost seemed like a shy schoolboy between state powers.
New York – For the 78th time, heads of state and government and ministers from around the world met for the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Together with Prince William (41), Albert had stepped up to join forces to defy climate change. But while Prince William appeared like a sovereign statesman even without his wife Kate Middleton (41) and was celebrated by New Yorkers like a rock star, Prince Albert (65) seemed a bit lost without Charlène of Monaco (45).
In a shot in which the head of Monaco poses between US President Joe Biden (80) and his wife Jill Biden (72), the prince came across like a little schoolboy with well-behaved arms and a penny smile, as the Monegasque palace itself shows on Instagram. The sovereign often showed himself somewhat inconspicuous without his wife, which, of course, does not say anything about the quality of his work.
Hardly anyone reports that Albert II and his Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, founded in 2006, are involved. The palace showed pictures of Albert and announced that he would attend the United Nations General Assembly and speak on global issues. The prince wanted to discuss topics such as climate change and environmental protection. Compared to his wife's foundation work, Albert comes off badly.
Traditional reception of heads of state
The traditional reception of the American president for the heads of state attending the United Nations General Assembly was held this year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Prince Albert's work receives more attention through Charlène of Monaco
Prince William is celebrated in New York, while Prince Albert poses between the Bidens (photomontage). © ABACAPRESS/Imago & Palais Princier de Monaco
The eyes of the whole world were on South Africa when Charlène – without Albert, mind you – supported the "Water Bike Challenge" of Charlène's foundation on site. Contrary to the announcement, Charlène traveled alone to the competition, which was apparently not a huge loss in the public perception.
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Prince William has also earned a solid standing despite his dazzling wife Kate Middleton, but that wasn't always the case. In the meantime, the press has also reported long and wide on his sideshows, such as the fact that the Prince of Wales was jogging in the Big Apple or accepted gifts in the form of three "I love New York" shirts for his children at a heartwarming fan encounter, despite breaking the rules. Either Albert would have to go jogging more or work on his attitude in the public eye. People who have met him even occasionally rave about the prince's engaging nature. Sources used:Instagram @palaisprincierdemonaco