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Prince William makes rare admission on family life – ‘new sense of purpose’

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The Duke of Cambridge has revealed how Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, have given him a new perspective on life and in particular on the natural world. In an upcoming ITV documentary titled “Prince William: A Planet For Us All”, the 38-year-old said he has “always loved nature”, but being a father-of-three has given him “a new sense of purpose”.

In a preview clip, William said: “Now I have got George, Charlotte and now Louis in my life – your outlook does change.

“You want to hand over to the next generation, the wildlife in a much better condition.”

William highlighted the importance of a united approach and engaging young people in order to protect the environment.

He added: “I always believe it is possible to give young people hope and belief that things can get fixed.

“I have the belief that if we all work together, we can make a difference.”

Kensington Palace say the Duke is also joined in the programme by environmental campaigners from the UK and abroad.

In the documentary to be aired next month, Sir David Attenborough also makes an appearance.

The veteran broadcaster and natural historian stressed the amount of knowledge future generations now have about the planet.

Sir David said: “Kids know an awful lot about what is happening to the world.”

Earlier this month Prince William gave another update on family life and revealed he was glad schools were re-opening after five months of home-schooling during lockdown.

Since March, William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, had been teaching George and Charlotte at their Anmer Hall residence in Norfolk.

During a trip to Belfast to mark Emergency Services Day, William expressed his “relief” that George and Charlotte could return to their studies at Thomas’s School in Battersea.

In conversation with a police officer, William said: “I think every parent is breathing a sigh of relief that school has started again.

“Five months – it’s been wonderful, but it’s been a long five months.”

Over the summer, William admitted he had found being a teacher “pretty testing”.

Speaking on BBCs That Peter Crouch Podcast, the second-in-line to the throne said he would begin the teaching but then Kate would take over after “everything has gone wrong”.

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William said: “I’ve found it pretty testing, not going to lie, trying to keep the children engaged in some kind of work, it’s been an interesting few months.

“I’ve learned through home schooling that my patience is a lot shorter than I thought it was, that’s probably been the biggest eye opener for me, and that my wife has super patience.

“Basically we’re a good team tag session, I come in with the children and try and get them to do something and Catherine comes in when frankly everything has gone wrong.”

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