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William steps out for important royal visit hours before Meghan interview airs

William visits Microsoft to learn how AI can help tackle wildlife trafficking

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During his visit to the Microsoft headquarters in Reading, the Duke of Cambridge, 39, learned how new AI scanning technology has the ability to increase the detection of illegal wildlife products trafficked through international airports.

William was seen examining an elephant tusk while speaking to members of staff.

His visit follows a recent trial of Microsoft’s AI research project, SEEKER, at London Heathrow. It proved its ability to detect illegal wildlife items in luggage and cargo.

Richard Palmer, Daily Express royal correspondent, tweeted: “The Duke of Cambridge has been to Microsoft’s UK headquarters in Reading to see how AI scanning technology can increase detection of illegal wildlife products smuggling.”

According to figures, illegal wildlife trade is among the five most lucrative global crimes – and is often run by highly organised criminal networks.

The Duke of Cambridge also followed poaching cases to show how the Royal Foundation’s United for Wildlife partners are helping to disrupt the criminal network.

United for Wildlife was founded by William and the Royal Foundation in 2014 with the aim of protecting the planet for the next generation.

The organisation aims to protect endangered species and their habitats from the illegal wildlife trade.

Last year, the Duke of Cambridge launched the Earthshot Prize. It aims to discover the best solutions for repairing the planet over the next 10 years.

During the Earthshot Prize ceremony in October, William issued a passionate rallying call for youngsters not to give up hope in this “decisive decade”. He urged people to feel “inspired and to act and demand”.

He said: “What a night this has been. I hope everyone watching understands more about the urgent challenges facing our planet this decisive decade.

“I hope that our Earthshot winners have shown you there is no place for despair.

“You should feel inspired to act and demand solutions you have seen tonight get all the support they need.

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“I want to say something to all the young people watching tonight.

“For too long we have not done enough to protect the planet for your future, but Earthshot is for you.

“We are going to act. We are going to find the solutions to repair our planet.

“Please keep learning. Keep demanding change. And don’t give up hope.

“We will rise to these challenges.”

The visit to Microsoft comes just hours before Meghan Markle’s sit-down interview with Ellen DeGeneres airs.

It comes nine months after the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Her second TV interview will air on CBS in the US, as she opens up to host Ellen DeGeneres.

Ellen shared the news with her fans earlier this week, saying: “A lot has changed since the last time Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, was on the Warner Brothers lot.”

She will provide insight into her acting career, including early auditions at Warner Bros, before she joined The Royal Family.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show will air on CBS at 3pm Eastern Time, which is 8pm in the UK.

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