Prince William’s remark about Africa’s population growth has sparked outrage – ‘No authority.’
PRINCE WILLIAM has been chastised on social media for remarks he made about Africa’s population growth at a recent event.
The Duke of Cambridge, 39, was in London on Monday evening for the Tusk Conservation Awards.
The event honored Africa’s most prominent wildlife protectors, with William presenting awards to the winners.
William has been the charity’s royal patron since 2005, and he has previously attended the awards ceremony.
The Duke, 39, gave a speech after the presentation on Monday before attending a reception with the Tusk Trust’s key members and supporters.
However, the royal’s remarks on social media have sparked outrage.
William also suggested that population growth is endangering wildlife in Africa in his speech, which paid tribute to those who risk their lives to protect endangered species in Africa.
“The increasing pressure on Africa’s wildlife and wild spaces as a result of human population poses a huge challenge for conservationists around the world,” the Duke said.
“However, the natural world must be protected not only for its contribution to our economies, jobs, and livelihoods, but also for humanity’s health, well-being, and future.”
Africa’s population is currently estimated to be 1.3 billion people, but experts predict that by 2050, it will have nearly doubled, to 2.5 billion people.
Population Matters, a British charity working to reduce population growth and its environmental impacts, praised the royal father-of-three for his remarks.
Others, on the other hand, took to social media to express their disgust.
Journalist Nadine Batchelor-Hunt, for example, pointed out that Africa’s population density was significantly lower than in other regions.
“Asian population density: 100 per square kilometer,” she wrote.
Population density in Europe is 72.9 people per square kilometer.
36.4 people per square kilometer in Africa.”
The journalist also alluded to remarks made by the Duke in 2017, prior to the birth of his youngest son, Prince Louis.
At the time, William claimed that Africa’s “rapidly growing human population” was putting “enormous pressure” on the continent’s wildlife and habitats.
“With two kids and another on the way, it’s clear Africa has too many children here,” she continued.
Following his comments, Twitter user disinfo_adam slammed the Duke, writing, “it would be helpful if Prince William paid attention in history.”
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