Prince William’s Passion: Duke of Cambridge speaks out about African wildlife conservation and the birth of his son, Prince George

  • Prince William spoke passionately about his love of African wildlife and his conservation efforts in an hour-long documentary – the first since the birth of his son, Prince George – that aired on CNN on Sunday night.

  • Speaking to anchor Max Foster about “the future legacy” he would like to leave to his young family, William reflected his love for Africa, and the importance of the work of the Tusk Trust, a conservation charity with which he is involved.

  • The Duke of Cambridge could be seen tearing up as he was shown disturbing video footage of injured elephants and rhinoceroses, which are often illegally poached on the continent for their valuable tusks and horns.

  • “Seeing a badly injured animal such as a rhino, seeing its horn, it's come, for me, to symbolize human greed," he said.

  • "I feel a real protective instinct, also probably more so now that I am a father,” he added, “which is why I'm getting quite emotional about it."

  • The prince was also shown a video of his late mother Princess Diana as she visited war-torn Angola during an anti-landmine campaign. William said he felt a connection to Diana’s "excitement and passion" for charity work, and said: "I never realized quite how much of an impact she had."

  • The new dad also spoke about fatherhood, and those first moments when he and wife Kate were exiting the hospital with the newborn.

  • “I very much feel that if I can do it myself, I want to do it myself,” he said, referring to his decision to drive off in the family Range Rover himself.

  • “I think driving your son and your wife away from hospital was very important to me.”
  • You can catch a replay of Prince William's Passion on CNN International on Monday at 3 pm ET and Tuesday at 1 pm ET.

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