Prince William says climate change 'positivity' has been 'missing'
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3,043 British adults were asked who should succeed Queen Elizabeth II as Britain’s Monarch — whether Charles, Prince of Wales or William, Duke of Cambridge — and the majority chose Prince William.
41 percent voted for Prince William, while only 30 percent voted for Prince Charles suggesting they would like the line of Royal succession to skip Charles and give way to William to reign the country.
The poll, which interviewed people online between October 13 and 15, found Prince William, alongside the Queen, is the most popular member of the Royal Family, which comes as no surprise.
His role within the Firm has long been established as one of the strongest and most loyal ones among the senior working royals, with contributions to areas the British public cares about.
Most recently, Prince William has shown particular support towards environmental causes. On Thursday, he and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge took part in a Generation Earthshot event with children from The Heathlands School at Kew Gardens.
Joined by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, television presenter and explorer Steve Backshall and double Olympic rowing champion Helen Glove, the couple shone brightly as they spent time with the kids to speak about potential steps to protect and restore nature.
After the event, Mr Backshall told Town & Country magazine: “They sat down with the kids and they listened to them and they worked with them for half an hour.
“They didn’t come in here for a photo op, they came here to sit, talk to and listen to kids.
“It is from the heart, it’s real it’s genuine, and people get that and they connect to it.
“It’s very easy, particularly if you are someone in their kind of position, to just add your name as a tag to a big project then have nothing to do with it.
“But they’re not doing that, they are living it, they’re owning it, and I think people will respond to it.”
It is this genuine attitude that seems to be playing in favour of the Cambridges’ popularity, with the public wanting William to be King and Kate boasting a positive rating of 53 percent and ranking as the fifth most loved member of the Royal Family.
Their visit at Kew Gardens was in preparation for Sunday’s Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony, the Royal Foundation’s first climate initiative, which honours five winners for their environmental efforts with an important sum that will help them develop their innovative climate solutions.
The Earthshot Prize has been labelled “the most ambitious environmental prize in history”, with £50 million to be awarded in the next decade. William’s leadership in making this possible is one more reason for which Britons might be viewing him as the sort of King they want and need.
The Duke of Cambridge and Sir David Attenborough announced the 15 finalists in September, and the five winners for the first edition are announced in a ceremony today.
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Promoting the ceremony, William said during an Instagram Q&A: “I want my children’s future to be better than what we currently have at the moment, as we all do.”
His commitment to the battle against climate change and the way he uses his voice to raise awareness about the importance to step up for the environment is likely to resonate with the younger generations, who are especially worried about what lies ahead in terms of the climate crisis.
This week, as Amazon founder Jeff Bezos lifted off in a rocket from the Texas desert through his Blue Origin space travel company, the Duke called for a change of focus in what people put their energy into, which, in his view, should not be space tourism.
Speaking on BBC Newscast, he said: “We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live.”
Proving once again where his value stand, William sent out an important message ahead of Cop26: “We can’t have more clever speak, clever words but not enough action.”
He also pointed at his father’s stance on climate change: “It’s been a hard road for him.
“My grandfather started off helping out WWF a long time ago with its nature work and biodiversity, and I think that my father’s sort of progressed that on and talked about climate change a lot more, very early on, before anyone else thought it was a topic.”
But Prince William, through his sensitivity towards the younger generations, appears to reach the public more powerfully than Prince Charles is able to.
What The Mail on Sunday poll reflects is that the father-of-three, throughout his years as a working royal, has learned to connect with Britons in a manner that truly touches them
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