PRINCE CHARLES once admitted he had been put in an “unpleasant position” by putting his “head above the parapet” on issues such as climate change, according to a throwback interview with the heir apparent.
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.
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. “Brinkwire Summary News”.