Prince William reveals George, 7, got so sad watching David Attenborough extinction documentary they had to turn it off

PRINCE William has revealed his seven-year-old son George got so sad watching a David Attenborough documentary about the extinction of animals they had to turn it off.

The Duke of Cambridge said the young future king had confessed "I don't want to watch this anymore".


Speaking to Sky News to mark the launch of his environmental Earthshot Prize, the 38-year-old dad said his children – George, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two – loved watching Sir David's documentaries.

But he added: "The most recent one, the extinction one, George and I had to turn it off, he got so sad about it.

"He said 'I don't want to watch this anymore, why has it come to this.

"He's seven-years-old and he's asking these questions. He feels it."

The dad-of-three said he had struggled with staying optimistic about the future of the environment, adding: "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 lie, 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."

The Cambridge kids last weekend starred in a sweet video asking Sir David questions about the environment.

And little Prince George quizzed the famous environmentalist about which creature would become extinct next – assured by Sir David we could act to save endangered species.

The push to raise awareness for the environment includes the Duke of Cambridge himself fronting the documentary A Planet For Us All.



And now the prince is offering £50million to reward innovative projects designed to save the planet.

The Earthshot Prize will hand £1million each to five winners — such as green businesses, cities or even planet-saving people movements — every year for a decade.

It is likely to be seen as William's career-defining project, like his father's Prince's Trust or grandfather's Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, and reflects his growing confidence.

Speaking this morning, Prince William said we had ten years to "fundamentally fix our planet".

William told Sky News: "This is me putting my stamp on what I can do in my position to really galvanise and increase the interest and tackle some of these issues and drive a decade of change to help repair the planet."

The Earthshot Prize takes its inspiration from the Apollo moon landings, nicknamed Moonshot, which helped advance mankind's technological achievements, and features five Earthshots which organisers say if achieved by 2030 would improve life for all.

Prince William yesterday continued his royal duties with wife Kate Middleton, with the couple meeting the Ukraine President at Buckingham Palace.

The engagement was the first royal event at Buckingham Palace in seven months since lockdown.









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