Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge’s impending birth of their first child has prompted strong words from Prince Charles about what kind of world it will be born into.
The Prince of Wales, who is the heir apparent to the Queen of England, said in a recent interview on the UK’s ITV This Morning program, that he does not want to hand on an “increasingly dysfunctional” environmental mess to his grandchild.
In the interview, which was taped at the Prince’s official London residence — Clarence House — the prince said he was concerned about climate change and long-term environmental damage, BBC News reports.
“We don’t … want to hand on an increasingly dysfunctional world to our grandchildren, to leave them with the real problem. I don’t want to be confronted by my future grandchild and [have] them say: ‘Why didn’t you do something?’
“So clearly now that we will have a grandchild, it makes it even more obvious to try and make sure we leave them something that isn’t a total poisoned chalice.”
According to The Encylopedia, Prince Charles founded The Prince’s Trust in 1976, and is the patron of numerous charitable and arts organisations.
As well as championing organic farming he has worked for many years to raise awareness about the dangers of climate change. In 2007, he set up the The Prince’s Rainforest Group which researches ways to save the world’s threatened forests.
In 2009, the Prince addressed a UN international climate summit in Copenhagen and in 2010 gave a keynote speech to the Oslo Climate and Forest Conference.
In February 2011 he warned politicians at the European Parliament that turning a blind eye to environmental issues could damage economic growth, and in June 2012 gave an address to the Rio+20 UN sustainability conference via a video link The Telegraph notes.
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth this summer and is reportedly now doing better after she was hospitalized in December for three days with acute morning sickness at the King Edward VII hospital in central London.
In December, Prince Charles told reporters he was “thrilled” at the prospect of becoming a grandfather for the first time.
The Prince’s interview will be broadcast on ITV1 from 10:30 pm GMT on Monday, January 7.