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Prince Charles’ ‘unpleasant situation’ after ‘putting head above parapet’

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Charles, 72, is well-known for speaking out about climate change and humans’ impact on the planet. His son, Prince William, 39, is continuing his father’s legacy with the Earthshot Prize he launched last year. The Duke of Cambridge explained that his father and grandfather, the late Prince Philip, had inspired him in his conservation work. He said: “My grandfather started caring a long time ago about the natural world, and my father’s spoken a lot and cares about the environment.”

The first Earthshot awards are to be given out at a ceremony on Sunday hosted by Dermot O’Leary and Clara Amfo.

The star-studded event at London’s Alexandra Palace will honour prize winners in five categories.

The recipients, who have been selected for their innovative solutions to overcome environmental problems, will each receive £1 million to help take their projects forward.

In many ways, William, who is spearheading the project, is continuing Charles’ decades of commitment to the environment.

Despite Charles’ good intentions with his campaigning, which has included lobbying politicians, the future king has drawn backlash over his environmental concerns, which some have viewed as straying into the political arena.

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The Prince of Wales addressed his predicament in a recently unearthed interview with Vanity Fair in 2018, which coincided with his 70th birthday.

The writer of the article, James Reginato, includes some written correspondence he received from Charles.

In one letter the Prince wrote: “I don’t really see any value in saying, ‘I told you so’.

“As a teenager, I remember feeling deeply about this appallingly excessive demolition job being done on every aspect of life.

“In putting my head above the parapet on all these issues, and trying to remind people of their long-term, timeless relevance to our human experience—never mind trying to do something about them—I found myself in conflict with the conventional outlook.

The Prince added that this is “not exactly the most pleasant situation to find yourself”.

Charles also admitted that climate change and other crises “keep him awake at night”.

He added: “One of [my] duties has been to find solutions to the vast challenges we face over accelerating climate change.

“However, it seems to take forever to alert people to the scale of the challenge.

“Over forty years ago I remember making a speech about the problems of plastic and other waste.

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“But at that stage nobody was really interested and I was considered old-fashioned, out of touch and ‘anti-science’ for warning of such things.

“If we don’t engage with these issues, and many other related and critical problems that they inevitably compound, we will all be the victims. Nothing escapes.”

Charles’ role, including his vocal opinions on climate change, will likely change when he becomes monarch.

He has previously denied claims that he will be a “meddling” monarch or an “activist” king once he succeeds the Queen.

In recent times Charles has still made his feelings on climate change and environmental issues known.

The BBC this week published an interview with the heir apparent at his home in Balmoral.

Charles told the broadcaster he understood the “frustration” of climate activists and why groups like Extinction Rebellion were protesting.

However, he also appeared to warn against tactics such as blocking motorways that have been used in recent weeks by Insulate Britain – an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion.

He added: “But it isn’t helpful, I don’t think, to do it in a way that alienates people. 

“So, I totally understand the frustration, the difficulty is how do you direct that frustration in a way that is more constructive rather than destructive.”
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