Prince George got so sad watching Attenborough documentary dad William turned it off
The Duke of Cambridge says the dire threat to the natural world has affected his seven-year-old son Prince George.
Prince William admitted the young royal was left so saddened by a Sir David Attenborough documentary about extinction, he told his father: “I don’t want to watch this any more.”
The young royal and his siblings recently appeared in an adorable video recorded at Kensington Palace alongside the famed naturalist.
George and Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, were filmed quizzing Sir David questions about topics including his favourite animal, and the threat of extinction.
Despite the bubbly clip, William said he was “struggling to keep the optimism levels going” with his children.
In an interview to mark the launch of his environmental Earthshot Prize, William said he was worried they would soon realise the true predicament of the planet.
Speaking to Sky News, the future king said his children had been watching Sir David’s latest documentaries, but one episode proved too much for young George.
William said: “The most recent one – the extinction one – actually George and I had to turn it off, we got so sad about it halfway through. He said to me ‘you know I don’t want to watch this any more’.
“Why has it come to this and you know he’s seven years old and he’s asking me these questions already, he really feels it, and I think every seven-year-old out there can relate to that.”
When asked about the importance of optimism and whether he tried to bring it into discussions with his family, the duke replied: “I think to be perfectly honest I’m struggling to keep the optimism levels going with my own children, and that’s really kind of like… an understanding moment.
“Where you kind of look at yourself and go ‘am I doing enough on this, are we really at this stage in life when I can’t be hugely optimistic and pleased that my children are getting so into nature’.
“Because you kind of worry and dread they’re soon going to realise that we are in a very, very dangerous and difficult time in the environment and that as a parent, you feel you’re letting them down immediately.”
William said the same commitment to tackling coronavirus should be shown towards saving the natural world.
He added: “We found over £190 billion worth to fix and help the recovery through Covid. We can do the same for the environment.”
Prince George, to whom Sir David gifted a fossilised giant shark’s tooth to mark their meeting at Kensington Palace a few weeks ago, had asked him in the cute clip recorded with his royal siblings which animal he thinks will become extinct next.
The broadcaster told him: “Well let’s hope there won’t be any, because there are a lot of things we can do when animals are in danger of extinction. We can protect them.”
William’s ambitious Nobel-style Earthshot Prize – which has a £50 million prize fund – aims to recognise ideas and technologies that can safeguard the planet.
Every year from 2021 until the end of the decade, winners in five categories or Earthshots will each receive £1 million after being picked by a judging panel of William and leading figures.
The project is said to have taken inspiration from President John F. Kennedy’s ‘Moonshot,’ a rallying cry to drive the effort to put man on the moon.
The Earthshot Prize is centred around five ‘Earthshots’ – which if achieved by 2030 “will improve life for us all, for generations to come”.
Prince William is following in his father Prince Charles’ footsteps by taking up an environmental cause.
A source told Mirror Online the heir to the throne wanted to create something that would gain the prestige of the Nobel Prize.
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