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In his first Q&A session on Instagram, William, Duke of Cambridge spoke to royal fans ahead of the Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony taking place today. He eagerly answered questions about climate and environmental leadership and, going into lighter subjects, even touched upon the existence of unicorns.

Speaking on the account he shares with wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, William, 39, couldn’t help chuckling when he read the question: “Are unicorns real?”

“Well, I think if you talk to my daughter, she’d say they were real,” William claimed, then continued, “Obviously, it’s a trade secret, so I can’t possibly comment.”

A picture of Princess Charlotte, 6, on her first school day Thomas’s Battersea could be seen in the background. She poses outside the Cambridges’ home, Kensington Palance, with brother George, 8 – both looking excited in their uniforms.

The aim of the Q&A session was to promote the first Royal Foundation’s climate initiative, which honours five winners for their environmental efforts with an important sum that will help them develop their innovative climate solutions.

With £50 million to be awarded in the next decade — £1million for five winners per year —, the Earthshot Prize has been labelled “the most ambitious environmental prize in history”.

The Duke of Cambridge and Sir David Attenborough announced the 15 finalists in September, and the five winners for the first edition are announced in a ceremony today.

William said during the Q&A: “I think this prize needs to be highlighting those individuals, giving them a platform, giving them a profile to present their solution and show people that we can actually fix this stuff.

“And ultimately, I want my children’s future to be better than what we currently have at the moment, as we all do.”

In an interview with the BBC, William recalled how “confused” and “annoyed” George was felt when he participated in a school litter pick-up and found the same trash at the same spots the day after.

He said his son is “acutely aware, more so than the other two at the moment” of the environmental challenges being faced.

About his other two children, William said: “Charlotte is just a bit young, she’s still not quite sure.

“Actually, Louis just enjoys playing outside the whole time – he lives outside.”

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He stresses, though, that the issue doesn’t go fully unnoticed by the youngsters: “I think it is slowly dawning on them that these things matter but when you are that young, you just want to have fun and enjoy it.”

The father-of-three confesses he feels bad: “I don’t want to give them the burden of that worry.”

William went on to explain that he and Kate, 39, try to pass on responsible habits to their children, such as “not to overuse water, being careful with our resources, turning off light switches” – emphasising that “education is really key”.

A few months back, the family was praised for a picture of Charlotte holding a butterfly as she was taking part in the Big Butterfly Count, un by the charity Butterfly Conservation.

One Twitter user praised her saying: “What beautiful photos and for such a great cause.”

Another one commented: “The care she is taking with the butterfly in her hands shows so much empathy.”

The five winners to be announced at today’s ceremony have been chosen by the Earthshot Prize Council, which includes singer Shakira, actress Cate Blanchett and the Queen of Jordan as members.

A sanitation solution from Kenya, a water treatment plant from Japan and a coral farming project from the Bahamas are among the finalist projects.

Prince William believes the “optimism” and “hope” attributed to the new award will bring positive change to the climate crisis.

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