Speaking in a new Instagram post on the official Kensington Palace account, Prince William said he was inspired by Prince Philip and Prince Charles when he launched The Earthshot Prize. The project aims to encourage creative solutions to the world’s environmental problems.
By offering substantial financial grants, the prize hopes to focus people all over the world on bettering crucial issues such as climate and energy, nature and biodiversity, air pollution, and fresh water.
Prince William explained, “I think with the family you get that generational hand on, and I think I’ve really picked up on the fact that my grandfather started caring a long time ago about the natural world, and my father’s spoken a lot and cares about the environment.”
William hopes that the new prize will help make a real difference in the world by 2030.
The Duke of Cambridge spoke about the project during the documentary A Planet For Us All.
He said: “My grandfather was well ahead of his time.
“My father was ahead of his time.
“I really want to make sure that, in 20 years, George doesn’t turn around and say, are you ahead of your time? Because if he does, we’re too late.”
Recently, the Duke of Cambridge said he is “struggling to keep the optimism levels going,” after seeing Prince George had such an emotional reaction to the environmental crisis and its effect on animals.
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During his interview with broadcasters, shared by The Mirror, the Duke said: “I think to be perfectly honest I’m struggling to keep the optimism levels going with my own children, and that’s really kind of like a self… an understanding moment where you kind of look at yourself and go ‘am I doing enough on this?'”
“Are we really at this stage in life when I can’t be hugely optimistic and pleased that my children are getting so into nature, because you kind of worry and dread they’re soon going to realise that we are in a very, very dangerous and difficult time in the environment and that as a parent, you feel you’re letting them down immediately.”
The Prince went on to say how his children George and Charlotte were fans of Sir David Attenborough’s nature documentaries.
However, the stark reality could get too much for George.
He added, “So, having watched so many David Attenborough documentaries recently with my children, they absolutely love them, the most recent one – the extinction one – actually George and I had to turn it off.”
However, it seems Prince George wasn’t the only one affected by the video.
The Duke of Cambridge added: “We got so sad about it halfway through.
“He said to me, you know, I don’t want to watch this anymore, why has it come to this and you know he’s seven years old and he’s asking me these questions already.
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“He really feels it and I think every 7-year-old out there can relate to that.”
Prince William concluded the interview by saying, “So, I really feel from an emotional point of view as well I think every parent, everyone wants to do the best for their children, and I think we have to have a decade of change, a decade of repairing the planet so that we can hand it on to the next generation and future generations and sustain the prosperity for their lives too.”
The Duke went on to reveal that the Cambridge children do love Attenborough’s work, despite Prince George’s upset.
He said: “Last night we started watching one of David’s newest documentaries.
“It’s amazing at bedtime when I can crowd the children, just shouting ‘we’re going to watch one of David’s documentaries’ and they come herding in. It’s the easiest way to catch my children and get them ready for bedtime.”
The Duke of Cambridge spoke out on the matter after he announced a partnership with David Attenborough to launch the Earthshot Prize.
The Earthshot prize funds people, organisations and more over the next decade to come up with workable solutions for climate change.
Sir David’s story with the royals started more than 60 years ago, in the same career but with a different youthful heir.