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Royal tribute: Why Prince George may follow Philip, Charles and William in future project

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Prince William has been pursuing projects centred on protecting the environment over the last few years. Most recently he appeared in an ITV documentary titled Prince William: A Planet For Us All, where he spoke to people helping to improve the environment and tackle climate change.

William explained during the documentary how his inspiration to promote the importance of looking after the environment comes from his three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

He 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 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.”

But it is not just his children who have prompted William to campaign for the environment.

William has recently been part of the launch of the new Earthshot Prize, which recognises people who are making a difference in the fight against climate change.

And in an Instagram post on his Kensington Royal account, William explained how his desire to protect the planet has also been inspired by two key members of the Royal Family.

Prince William said: “I think with the family you get that generational hand on, and I think I’ve really picked up on the fact that my grandfather started caring a long time ago about the natural world, and my father’s spoken a lot and cares about the environment.”

In his latest documentary, William also explained how Prince Philip and Prince Charles were “ahead of” their time while campaigning for these global issues.

“My grandfather was well ahead of his time. My father was ahead of his time.

“I really want to make sure that, in 20 years, George doesn’t turn around and say, are you ahead of your time?” Because if he does, we’re too late.”

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Prince Charles has long been known as an campaigner for the environment and protecting nature.

Prior to Charles’ projects, Prince Philip was also campaigning for conservation.

Philip was co-founder of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and he was International President of WWF for 16 years until he retired from the role in 1996.

Prince George, who is currently seven-years-old, clearly has a long history of environmental activism in his family, which may encourage him to campaign on similar issues in the future.

George has already shown an interest in the natural world, with William and wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge stating their children are huge fans of broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.

George appeared on the Kensington Royal Instagram account recently to ask Sir David a question about extinction.

George also seems to be quite aware of the current environmental crisis, according to his father.

William said earlier this month, according to the Mirror: “So, having watched so many David Attenborough documentaries recently with my children, they absolutely love them, 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 anymore, 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 7-year-old out there can relate to that.”

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