Prince George ‘annoyed’ at rubbish strewn on litter picking route – future king hits out

Prince William issues warning over ‘robbing’ children’s future

The eight-year-old, who has been litter picking at his school St Thomas’s Battersea, could not understand why the litter he worked so hard to clear up would not go away. Prince William said: “So George at school recently has been doing litter picking, and I didn’t realise but talking to him the other day he was already showing that he was getting a bit confused and a bit sort of annoyed by the fact they went out litter picking one day and then the very next day they did the same route, same time and pretty much all the same litter they picked up back again.

“And I think that for him he was trying to understand how and where it all came from. He couldn’t understand, he’s like, well, we cleaned this. Why has it not gone away?”

Speaking to BBC Newscast ahead of this Sunday’s inaugural Earthshot Prize award ceremony, Prince William expressed frustration that, despite generations of royal campaigning on the issue, the planet was still an environmental crisis.

William warned that it would be “an absolute disaster” if George, who is currently in Year 4 at the Battersea prep school, grows up to follow in his environmental campaigning footsteps.

“It shouldn’t be that there’s a third-generation now coming along having to ramp it up even more,” he said.

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The eight-year-old could not understand why the litter would not go away. (Image: Getty)

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Prince William also explained how parenthood had changed his own approach to the planet. (Image: Getty)

“And you know, for me, it would be an absolute disaster if George is sat here talking to you or your successor, Adam, you know in like 30 years’ time, whatever, still saying the same thing, because by then we will be too late.

“We are seeing a rise in climate anxiety. You know, people, young people now are growing up where their futures are basically threatened the whole time.

“It’s very unnerving and it’s very you know, anxiety making.”

During the 35-minute interview, recorded at Kensington Palace, Prince William also explained how parenthood had changed his own approach to the planet.

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Prince William said he hope the prize would “stimulate solutions” (Image: Getty)

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The Prince of Wales was “proven to be well ahead of the curve” (Image: Getty)

“I want the things that I’ve enjoyed – the outdoor life, nature, the environment – I want that to be there for my children, and not just my children but everyone else’s children,” he said.

“If we’re not careful we’re robbing from our children’s future through what we do now. And I think that’s not fair.”

His father, the Prince of Wales, and his grandfather, The Duke of Edinburgh were both keen environmental campaigners.

Speaking about his father, Prince William said: “He’s had a really, really rough ride on that but he has been proven to be well ahead of the curve and well beyond his time in warning about some of these dangers.”

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Prince George was been left “annoyed” and “confused” after rubbish keeps reappearing. (Image: Getty)

The Earthshot Prize is a £50million initiative that aims to fund and promote innovative ways to repair the planet.

Five, one million-pound prizes will be awarded each year for the next ten years, with the goal of providing at least 50 solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems by 2030.

Prince William said he hope the prize would “stimulate solutions and action that a lot of people haven’t necessarily produced yet.”

“I’m hoping, you know, the prize will galvanise a lot of people in positions of responsibility to, you know, go further, bigger and actually start to deliver,” he said.

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The Duke of Edinburgh was also a keen environmental campaigner. (Image: Getty)

He also criticised the rise in space tourism, suggesting that entrepreneurs should focus instead on saving Earth.

“We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed onto repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live.”

“I think that ultimately is what sold it for me – that really is quite crucial to be focusing on this [planet] rather than giving up and heading out into space to try and think of solutions for the future.”

The Earthshot Prize takes its inspiration from President John F. Kennedy’s Moonshot, which was a coordinated effort to put a man on the moon and catalysed the development of new technology in the 1960s.