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William, Kate Hit NYC, Raise $2M in Hours

Fundraising dinner rumored to be a big success
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2014 8:16 AM CST
Updated Dec 8, 2014 10:51 AM CST
William, Kate Hit NYC, Raise $2M in Hours
Prince William, center, arrives at his hotel in New York on Dec. 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – Prince William and wife Kate arrived in New York last night for their much-anticipated whirlwind visit—and in just their first few hours in the Big Apple, they're thought to have raised $2 million for their charity. The royals were whisked from their hotel less than an hour after checking in and taken to an "ultra-exclusive fundraising dinner" at the apartment of Sir Martin Sorrell, founder and CEO of advertising agency WPP, the Daily Beast reports. Though none of the 30 invitees—all bigwig philanthropists—were actually given a "recommended donation" amount, rumor has it every couple pledged at least $100,000, many of them more.

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As Kate remained in NYC today, William continued on to Washington, DC, where he met with President Obama in the Oval Office after being given a tour of the White House by VP Joe Biden, the Mirror reports. Click for the rest of the royal couple's itinerary. (Read more Prince William stories.)

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