Queen sends ‘quite important’ message of support to Prince William’s green project

Charles acknowledges son is environmental 'champion' says expert

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Both the Queen and Prince Charles have shown their support for Prince William, as the future king launched his decade-long The Earthshot Prize on Sunday evening. Whilst Prince Charles took to social media to voice his pride at his son’s initiative, the Queen showed a “quite important” display of support as Buckingham Palace was lit up in green lights. 

When asked if the Queen and Prince Charles were on board with Prince William’s plans, royal expert Robert Jobson told the Australian breakfast show Sunrise: “Absolutely, the fact is Prince Charles obviously sent a message, unusually talking about how proud he is of his son, and he should be.

“Of course, his son acknowledges that the prince has been a champion in this area for the last 40 years, but what was quite interesting this week were those comments by the Queen where she said they do a lot of talking, the leaders, but they don’t take action.

“I think that’s coming from someone who has been on this planet a long, long time and who’s seen a lot of promises broken and promises made.

“I think it’s quite important that she gave this signal for Buckingham Palace to be lit up green ahead of The Earthshot Prize, and the carpet was green. You get all the message, including the dark green jacket of Prince William, which was probably the only thing I didn’t like.”

Prince William and his wife, Kate, stepped out on the green carpet at Alexandra Palace last night, along with a number of high-profile celebrities. 

The future king had launched The Earthshot Prize alongside Sir David Attenborough, with the aim of creating “positivity” within the climate change debate. 

The Prize awards £1million each to five winners, for them to progress with their innovative solutions in tackling the climate crisis. 

Over the next decade, £50million will be awarded to various countries and organisations, in what has been billed as the “the most ambitious environmental prize in history”. 

Earthshot Prize: Prince William delivers speech

Ahead of the awards ceremony, Prince Charles shared a sweet photograph with his son, and tweeted: “I am very proud of my son, William, for his growing commitment to the environment and the bold ambition of The Earthshot Prize.

“As a world, we need to come together to inspire, reimagine and build the sustainable future we so desperately need.”

Prince Charles is a renowned environmental campaigner, who has authored a number of books on the topic and has launched his own ambitious Terra Carta initiative, which encourages businesses to embrace a sustainable future. 

The Queen also showed her support by allowing Buckingham Palace to be lit up in green lights. 

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Last week, the Queen was caught on video camera expressing her irritation with world leaders ahead of the COP26 climate summit. 

Following the opening of the Welsh Senedd, Her Majesty can be heard saying: “I’ve been hearing all about COP… I still don’t know who’s coming.”

In a separate clip, she remarks “we only know about people who are not coming”, before adding: “It’s really irritating when they talk, but they don’t do.”

The Queen will be joined by other senior members of the Royal Family at the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow in November. 

Both Prince William and Prince Charles are expected to give speeches, whilst the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge will also help host world leaders at the important summit. 

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