Prince William jokes he didn't understand his dad 'banging on' about climate change as he launches Earthshot prize

PRINCE William today joked he regularly wondered what his father was "banging on about" as Prince Charles campaigned about climate change.

The Duke of Cambridge today launched the Earthshot Prize, offering £50million to reward innovative projects designed to save the planet.

And the 38-year-old admitted his father's passion for the environment had not always been in vogue – with 71-year-old Prince Charles even saying himself his ideas had seemed "dotty" in the past.

Speaking in an interview alongside Sir David Attenborough on BBC Radio 4, Prince William joked: "I regularly wonder what my father’s banging on about. I’m sure every son thinks the same."

But he quickly added: "Obviously with my father’s environmental credentials, he’s talked about this for a long time and long before people sort of cottoned on to climate change.

"So I’ve always listened to and learnt and believed in what he was saying.

"But I knew it’s a very hard sell, you know, 40 years ago to kind of predict and see some of the  sort of slow moving catastrophes that we were headed towards."

And he later added: "I think the dotty person now would be the person who doesn’t believe in climate change. "

William, who is second-in-line to the throne, said he now wanted to continue his father's work in raising awareness for the environment and climate change.

It was previously revealed Prince Charles was so passionate about the environment he would take his sons William and Prince Harry, 36, to pick up rubbish at Norfolk during their summer holidays.

And Prince William explained he felt it was his "job" and "responsibility" to speak up, saying: "I think what I see is that this is a generational baton handing if you like. My grandfather started it, as David said, my father’s picked up and really accelerated that and I feel right now that it’s my responsibility.

"I really feel we are at a tipping point and I want to make sure that my grandchildren – my children and my grandchildren really, ‘cause it’s going to happen relatively fast, that we hand the planet in a better state then we found it."





It comes after the dad-of-three admitted his son Prince George loved watching Sir David Attenborough's documentaries – but had been left sad after seeing the film about the extinction of animals.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4, Prince William added his children were "jealous" he had got to spend so much time with Sir David as he worked on the prize.

He said: "Last night we started watching one of David’s newest documentaries as well and I had – it’s amazing – at bedtime when I can corral the children, I just shout, ‘we 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 Cambridge kids last weekend starred in a sweet video asking Sir David questions about the environment.

And little Prince George quizzed the famous environmentalist about which creature would become extinct next – assured by Sir David we could act to save endangered species.

The push to raise awareness for the environment includes the Duke of Cambridge himself fronting the documentary A Planet For Us All.

And now the prince is offering £50million to reward innovative projects designed to save the planet.

The Earthshot Prize will hand £1million each to five winners — such as green businesses, cities or even planet-saving people movements — every year for a decade.

It is likely to be seen as William's career-defining project, like his father's Prince's Trust or grandfather's Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, and reflects his growing confidence.

Speaking this morning, Prince William said we had ten years to "fundamentally fix our planet".

William told Sky News: "This is me putting my stamp on what I can do in my position to really galvanise and increase the interest and tackle some of these issues and drive a decade of change to help repair the planet."

The Earthshot Prize takes its inspiration from the Apollo moon landings, nicknamed Moonshot, which helped advance mankind's technological achievements, and features five Earthshots which organisers say if achieved by 2030 would improve life for all.

Prince William yesterday continued his royal duties with wife Kate Middleton, with the couple meeting the Ukraine President at Buckingham Palace – the first royal event at Buckingham Palace in seven months since lockdown.




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