William is "quietly delighted" by US trip success

It all went to plan

The Prince Of Wales Visits FDNY Firehouse
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Prince William was in the United States for just two days this week, yet this mini tour has apparently pleased the royal and his entourage, who believe the visit was "a great success."

Writing in Vanity Fair, royal expert Katie Nicholl said: "As William leaves the US following the Earthshot Summit, sources told Vanity Fair that the Prince and his aides believe the tour has been 'really successful' and he is quietly delighted by how well he was received."

Katie also pointed out that a recent poll shows William is more popular among Americans right now than their own President Biden.

While stateside, William met with UN Secretary General António Guterres to discuss matters surrounding climate change, took part in the Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, announced this year's Earthshot Prize finalists, and visited FDNY's Ladder 10 Firehouse.

While in NYC, the Prince also got to jog around Central Park undetected, and saw one of the city's famous rats run past him at the fire station.

The Prince showed a great deal of confidence while meeting New Yorkers, proving he's up to the challenge of being next in line to the throne, but he also showed some amount of anxiety throughout the trip.

This, some have hypothesised, might be partially down to the fact that his wife and greatest supporter Princess Kate stayed at home this time around. The Princess reportedly wanted to be there for her children as they get settled back into school.

"While Kate is naturally quite confident during both solo and joint engagements, William appears more sure of himself when in the company of his wife," body language expert Darren Stanton said previously.

"While he still holds himself in a way that would be perceived as a confident manner to the public, gestures like placing his hands in his pockets and his smile not seeming as engaged would signal that he is feeling some manner of nerves during his solo trip."

Despite this, it sounds like everyone is happy with how it all went, which is all that matters!

Iris Goldsztajn
Iris Goldsztajn is a celebrity and royal news writer for Marie Claire. As a London-based freelance journalist, she writes about wellness, relationships, pop culture, beauty and more for the likes of InStyle, Women's Health, Bustle, Stylist and Red. Aside from her quasi-personal investment in celebs' comings and goings, Iris is especially interested in debunking diet culture and destigmatising mental health struggles. Previously, she was the associate editor for Her Campus, where she oversaw the style and beauty news sections, as well as producing gift guides, personal essays and celebrity interviews. There, she worked remotely from Los Angeles, after returning from a three-month stint as an editorial intern for Cosmopolitan.com in New York. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, she interned at goop and C California Style and served as Her Campus' national style and LGBTQ+ editor. Iris was born and raised in France by a French father and an English mother. Her Spotify Wrapped is riddled with country music and One Direction, and she can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.