William shares insight into difference between George and ‘not quite sure’ Charlotte

Prince William opens up about giving children ‘burden of worry’

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William spoke about his three children, their awareness of environmental issues and the impact humans have on the planet during a special BBC Newscast episode. While Prince George, eight, has become “acutely aware” even his personal actions are important when it comes to protecting resources and the environment, his younger sister Charlotte, six, is “not quite sure” yet, according to the Duke of Cambridge.

He told Adam Fleming in the interview aired on October 14: “I think he [George] has a definite sense of realisation and understanding so education is really key.

“So, for instance, knowing not to overuse water, being careful with our resources, turning off light switches, things like that, which was instilled in me growing up.

“So yes, he is acutely aware, more so than the other two at the moment.

“Charlotte is just a bit young, she’s still not quite sure.” 

Nevertheless, William believes the consciousness over the environment “is slowly dawning” on his younger children.

He added: “I feel bad because I don’t want to give them the burden of that worry.”

The Duke of Cambridge also spoke affectionately about his three-year-old son Prince Louis and his strong connection with the outdoors.

He said: “Louis just enjoys playing outside the whole time – he lives outside.” 

Prince William and Kate brought up their children striking a healthy balance of indoor and outdoor time.

During a visit to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ The Nook, near Norwich, in June 2020, the Duchess of Cambridge revealed her children were taking part in an eco-friendly competition at their home in Norfolk over who would be able to grow the tallest sunflower.

Kate said: “The children are really enjoying growing their sunflowers, Louis’s is winning so George is a little grumpy about that!”

A few months prior, in December 2019, Kate had also revealed her family grows vegetables in its own back garden. 


Appearing alongside cooking queen Mary Berry in the BBC special A Berry Royal Christmas, Kate said: “We’ve got carrots, beans, beetroot — a massive favourite — Louis absolutely loves beetroot.”

During the years, the Duchess has become an advocate for the benefits spending time outside have on the mental and physical wellbeing of children.

In the summer of 2019, appearing on Blue Peter, she revealed she takes her three children out of the house every day for at least 10 minutes, “come rain or shine”.

Prince William’s interview was released just a few days prior to the first-ever Earthshot Prize ceremony. 

The Duke launched this initiative in October last year, after he welcomed within the Earthshot Council a panel of judges – made up of celebrities, experts and royals who have all made an effort to protect the environment.

Most notably, naturalist Sir David Attenborough sits in the Council, alongside footballer Dani Alves, Jordan’s Queen Rania and singer Shakira.

The Prize is to run over a decade and, every year, will award five projects helping in the fight of the planet’s most pressing environmental issues. 

The first award ceremony is taking place at Alexandra Palace in London on October 17 at 8pm.

A-listers are expected to walk down the red carpet and the event will feature musical performances.

While it will be introduced by Prince William, the show to be broadcasted by BBC World Service will be hosted by Clara Amfo and Dermot O’Leary.

In the run-up to the star-studded event, the Duke is taking part today on Instagram in a Q&A focused on the Prize.   

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