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Prince William’s ‘clear’ vision praised as Harry and Meghan leave commentators ‘powerless’

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Prince William, 38, launched a £50million drive to repair the planet as he announced the money will be awarded over ten years through the Earthshot prize. It has been described as “the most prestigious global environment prize in history”. Royal commentators Rachel Bowie and Roberta Fiorito compared the Duke of Cambridge’s message to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s “humane tech” plans.

Speaking on the Royally Obsessed podcast, Ms Fiorito said: “I am on board with their message. What is the action though? The Sussexes have had a lot of these talks and listening to part of this Time 100 talks episode, it felt a little repetitive.

“When the editor-in-chief of Time asked them how are you doing and they did the whole, ‘how are we really doing’.

“They just talked about that again in a way that felt a little too canned because we’ve heard it a couple of times.

“What’s the plan?”

She added: “The Earthshot prize has this clear 10 years, every year we’re giving a prize to the winner of this challenge.

“But, this feels like we’re kind of left wondering, what do we do from here?

“I feel powerless because it’s big tech.”

Ms Bowie noted: “Completely. I’m want to have a more active role so I’m looking to Harry and Meghan to tell me what to do.”

It comes as the Duke of Cambridge has become the patron of two wildlife conservation charities, succeeding the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, Kensington Palace has announced.

William has followed in the Queen’s footsteps to become the figurehead of Fauna and Flora International (FFI) and takes over from Philip as patron of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

The announcement comes after the duke launched his £50 million Earthshot Prize earlier this month, which aims to recognise solutions, ideas and technologies which “repair the planet”.

Dr Andy Clements, BTO’s chief executive, said: “I am delighted that the Duke of Cambridge has become our patron, following on from his grandfather who worked so tirelessly on our behalf.

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“We hope that we will be able to support the duke’s strong interest in protecting the environment through our evidence-based work around environmental issues in the UK.”

On the Earthshot Prize’s website, Prince William is quoted as saying: “The Earth is at a tipping point and we face a stark choice: either we continue as we are and irreparably damage our planet, or we remember our unique power as human beings and our continual ability to lead, innovate and problem-solve.

“People can achieve great things.

“The next ten years present us with one of our greatest tests – a decade of action to repair the Earth.”

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