Prince William opens up about giving children ‘burden of worry’
The Duke of Cambridge will be sitting down with the BBC Newscast host for a special 30-minute conversation on climate change tonight. Mr Fleming previously posted a photo of William at Kensington Palace, with the BBC host promising a quiz.
Taking to Twitter, Mr Fleming posted an image with the Duke, which the caption read: “EXCITING! The Duke of Cambridge will be on #BBCNewscast on Thursday to talk about @EarthshotPrize and @COP26. (And of course there’s a quiz.)”
The BBC said William tested the presenter on his knowledge of the UN climate change conference.
This comes after Mr Fleming quizzed president of the summit Alok Sharma on Cop26’s confusing acronyms in a previous episode.
The interview is airing today ahead of the Earthshot awards ceremony, which is taking place on Sunday, October 17.
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In his latest interview, the Duke of Cambridge took aim at the likes of Richard Branson, Jeff Besos and William Shatner for travelling to space rather than focusing on saving the Earth.
The Duke of Cambridge said great brains and minds should be “trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live”.
Speaking about the current space race and the drive to promote space tourism, William said: “We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live.
“I think that ultimately is what sold it for me – that really is quite crucial to be focusing on this planet rather than giving up and heading out into space to try and think of solutions for the future.”
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge
Prince William warned in the interview there was “a rise in climate anxiety” among young people whose “futures are basically threatened the whole time”.
“It’s very unnerving and it’s very, you know, anxiety making,” he added.
The father-of-three challenged adults to “remember how much it meant to be outdoors and what we’re robbing those future generations of”.
William also said his father, Prince Charles, had a “rough ride” when warning about climate change, adding: “It’s been a hard road for him.”
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He said Charles “talked about climate change a lot more, very early on, before anyone else thought it was a topic”.
The Duke added that “it would be an absolute disaster if George is sat here talking” about saving the planet in 30 years’ time.
The Earthshot Prize – which was launched by William and the Royal Found of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last year – aims to discover the best solutions to repair the plant over the next 10 years
For every year until 2030, the Earthshot Prize will find and reward inclusive solutions to fix the climate.
Kate Middleton and Prince William with David Attenborough
Last month, the Duke of Cambridge retweeted a post on his and Kate’s Kensington Palace Twitter account of the trailer for his new BBC show The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet.
Speaking in a short trailer, William said: “This is a moment for hope, not fear.
“It’s for this very reason that I launched the Earthshot Prize, the most ambitious environmental prize in history.
“A decade of action to repair our planet.”
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Charles
William is not the only member of the Royal Family who is passionate about raising awareness of climate change.
Prince Charles has long been an advocate for environmental issues and earlier this year urged businesses to sign up to his ten-year Terra Carta.
His Terra Carta project aims to persuade businesses to join a charter to help tackle climate change.
The Terra Carta aims to raise £7billion in green investment before 2022 through the Natural Capital Investment Alliance.