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Prince William hits back at Prince Charles’ environment critics ‘Had a hard ride!’

Prince William says Prince Charles has been on a 'hard road'

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Prince William defended his father for speaking out to promote stronger action in defence of the environment. Prince Charles earlier this week renewed his appeal to world leaders for coming up with a plan to address the climate emergency in the run-up to the Cop26 Summit next month. The Duke of Cambridge noted the Royal Family’s commitment to combating climate change has been known for decades and cited his late grandfather, Prince Philip, as the first to take up action.

Prince William spoke to the chief political correspondent for BBC News, Adam Fleming, in an exclusive interview. 

The prince spoke about his father, Prince Charles, saying: “It’s been a hard road for him.

“My grandfather started off helping out WWF a long time ago with its nature work and biodiversity.”

He added: “I think my father’s progressed that on and talked about climate change a lot more, and very early on, before anyone else thought it was a topic.

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“Yes. He’s had a really rough ride on that. He’s been proven to have been well ahead of the curve.

“He was well beyond his time in warning about some of these dangers.

“It shouldn’t be that there’s a third-generation now coming along and having to ramp it up even more.

“For me, it would be an absolute disaster if George was sat here talking to you or your successor in thirty years’ time still saying the same thing.”

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He finished with: “By then it will be too late.”

William spoke to the BBC regarding his new documentary, The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet, featuring himself and David Attenborough. 

The Earthshot Prize was created by Prince William through The Royal Foundation, as an urgent call to action to do more to save the planet from global warming.

Judges will search for the most inspiring and innovative solutions to the environmental challenges facing the planet.

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The winners, chosen in the award ceremony, will be awarded £1m to help make and develop their environmentally-friendly solution, as they aim to help the planet. 

The star-studded event will see performances from Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, and Coldplay, and in a bid for the environment, their sets are to be powered by the energy created by 50 cyclists.

The Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony will be hosted at Alexandra Palace in London and aired on BBC One and BBC iPlayer at 8pm on Sunday, October 17.

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