The royal couple spend the weekend in Philadelphia and New York

By Nicole Weisensee Egan
January 29, 2007 09:30 AM

Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, had a whirlwind weekend visit to the U.S. East Coast that included getting an award from Al Gore, meeting Meryl Streep and even shooting some hoops.

On Sunday night, Charles received the Global Environmental Citizen Award from the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School. It was presented to him by Gore, who hosted the event at the Harvard Club of New York in Manhattan.

Charles, who has known the former vice president for 20 years, praised Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth, calling it “just fantastic!”

“We had great fun talking about all these issues long ago,” said the Prince of Wales. “I’ve been so fascinated watching his career, and to receive this award from him really has been a particular privilege but also immensely special.”

Shortly after arriving at the event, Camilla, who wore a long-sleeved, ankle-length blue dress by British designer Anna Valentine, gushed to one of the night’s other notable guests – Meryl Streep – about her performance in The Devil Wears Prada saying: “I thought it was wonderful.”

Other high-profile names on hand at the event were Yoko Ono, Tipper Gore and Sen. Charles Schumer of New York.

The awards ceremony was the last stop on the royal couple’s weekend visit to America. On Saturday, while visiting Philadelphia Charles and Camilla saw the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, then met with foreign exchange students and viewed inner-city murals. They capped off the day with the Academy Ball, hosted by former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw and which marked the 150th anniversary of the Academy of Music.

After attending private services at a church in Philadelphia on Sunday, it was off to New York by private train.

Their only other New York stop was the Harlem Children’s Zone, which operates the Promise Academy charter school and a range of social services and programs dedicated to the betterment of the uptown neighborhood.

While there, Charles and Camilla watched a rehearsal of a scene from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a basketball practice. Handed the ball, Charles dribbled and shot. His first try was an airball, but he made his second – and drew a round of applause.

The royal couple headed back to London on Monday.