Prince Charles has revealed he is ‘very proud’ of his son Prince William ahead of his first annual Earthshot award today.
On Instagram, the Prince of Wales, 72, praised his eldest son, 39, for his “growing commitment to the environment and the bold ambition of the Earthshot Prize.”
Both royals are longtime environmentalists, and William will join his wife Kate Middleton, also 39, tonight at the first-ever Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony at London’s Alexandra Palace.
Created by Prince William and The Royal Foundation, the Earthshot Prize has sparked an unprecedented global search for the most inspiring and innovative solutions to the greatest environmental challenges facing the planet.
Prince Charles has revealed he is ‘very proud’ of his son Prince William ahead of his first annual Earthshot award today. Both members of the royal family are longtime environmentalists, and William will tonight attend the first-ever Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony at Alexandra Palace in London with his wife Kate MIddleton, also 39.
The Earthshot award is the most ambitious environmental award in history and this inaugural ceremony will reflect it.
In a rare and moving public statement, Charles wrote: “I am very proud of my son, William, for his growing commitment to the environment and the bold ambition of the Earthshot Prize.
“As a world, we must come together to inspire, reshape and build the sustainable future we so desperately need.
‘The Earthshot Prize and the inspiring nominees will help us find the innovative solutions in the coming decade, with an eye on future generations.
At the same time, through my Terra Carta and Sustainable Markets Initiative, we will work to mobilize the trillions of dollars needed to transform the global economy into a more sustainable trajectory.
Together, with all those who join us, we have a real opportunity to provide a better future for humanity while restoring harmony between nature, people and planet.
The Earthshot Prize is the most ambitious environmental award in history and this inaugural ceremony will reflect this
‘HRH the Prince of Wales’.
The post soon flooded with hundreds of likes and comments praising Charles for his candor and environmental campaigning.
“What beautiful words from our wonderful prince,” said one.
“That’s such a lovely picture of you two,” added another.
Last week, Prince Charles said he “understands” why Greta Thunberg is “fed up” with Boris Johnson and other world leaders about climate change — and also understands the frustrations of groups like Extinction Rebellion and Insulate Britain.
Speaking to the BBC in Prince George’s Wood, Charles has created an arboretum in the gardens of his home on the Balmoral estate in Aberdeen and named after his grandson, the heir to the throne said he is “deeply concerned” for the earth and said that people are ‘exploiting too much’ and damaging nature.
When asked if he thought climate activist Greta Thunberg was on to something when she dismissed Boris Johnson and other world leaders’ efforts to tackle climate change as ‘bla bla bla,’ the Prince of Wales shared his condolences.
He said: ‘I knew all these young people would eventually get tired of feeling like nothing ever happens, so of course they’re going to get frustrated. I fully understand. Because no one wanted to listen. They see their future totally destroyed.’
Prince Charles expressed his condolences to groups like XR and activists like Greta Thunberg in a lengthy BBC interview
While discussing world leaders, he added: “It’s just talk. The problem is getting action on the ground, which I’ve been trying to do for the past 40 years.”
He also said he understands why groups like XR and Insulate Britain are taking action, although he added: ‘I understand why they go out, but it doesn’t help to do it in a way that alienates people.
“I understand the frustration very well. The difficulty is how to manage that frustration in a way that is more constructive than destructive.’
While discussing XR, he also revealed: ‘Extinction Rebellion came and did a sit-in in my driveway in Highgrove when I was on tour. But the amazing thing was that they left a letter with very nice things. Say, you know, in such and such a time you said such and such, you were right.
“When you said otherwise in 19, you were right. You were right, you were right. That was wonderful, that was the right demonstration as far as I’m concerned.’
The Earthshot Prize aims to drive change and inspire collective action around our unique ability to innovate, solve problems and ultimately restore our planet over the next decade. The Earthshot Prize is based on five ‘Earthshot’ objectives: to protect and restore nature; Fix our climate; Clean our air; Relive our oceans; Build a waste-free world. Five prizes of £1 million will be awarded each year for the next 10 years, providing at least 50 solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems by 2030
Charles also revealed how he doesn’t eat meat and fish two days a week and dairy on one day.
Most notably, he explained how he had his Aston Martin converted to run on surplus English wine and whey from cheese production. The car, which he has had for 51 years, now runs on a fuel called E85 – consisting of 85% bioethanol and 15% unleaded petrol.
Describing his diet, he added, “That’s one way to do it. If more people did that, the pressure on the environment would decrease considerably.’