Prince William has taken after his father, Prince Charles, when it comes to his soft spot for the environment. And while standing up for these important causes is a reason to celebrate, the opportunity to be on the other side of an interview during the World Economic Forum on Jan. 22 was surely equally exciting!
During a tête-à-tête with natural historian Sir David Attenborough in Davos, Switzerland, the 36-year-old royal got to play journalist. “It’s a personal treat for me to be sitting asking you the questions,” the father of three remarked at the beginning of the interview. “It’s nice to turn the tables for once.”
Throughout his reprieve from the hot seat, Prince William chatted with the 92-year-old English broadcaster about his work in raising awareness on the challenges mankind will face as our environment continues to suffer. They also discussed how to encourage the next generation to take a stand against man-made factors causing global warming.
Speaking to both the prince – who’s a patron of wildlife conservation charity The Tusk Trust – and the audience, David said: “We can wreck the natural world with ease. We can wreck the natural world without even noticing. But, in doing so, we wreck ourselves. I ask this room to care for the natural world.”
The environmental rights activist continued: “There is more power in this room than any gathering anywhere. The people here need to do something about the natural world.” The famous environmentalist has been the voice of many documentaries highlighting the beauty of the natural world, including Blue Planet, Life on Earth, Netflix’s Our Planet and the award-winning film Planet Earth.
"Every breath of air that we take, every mouthful of food that we take comes from that the natural world. If we damage the natural world, we damage ourselves." — Sir David Attenborough, speaking to The Duke of Cambridge. #WEF19pic.twitter.com/HxHLECETRQ— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 22, 2019
It comes as no surprise that the father of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis cares deeply about the natural world. As a child, he and brother Prince Harry spent much time exploring the outdoors with their father, future King Prince Charles. “His passion for the environment and the natural world is something I want to repeat in the way I raise George, Charlotte and Louis,” William revealed in a documentary released for Charles’ 70 th birthday. “My father taught me about the natural world around us, from the burns to the trees to the hills. My father’s focus on the environment is something I’ve looked up to all my life. His unwavering commitment to rural issues and the countryside has been a big inspiration to me and something I am keen to emulate and teach my children about.”
Last year, David and the Queen partnered up for ITV’s The Queen’s Green Planet , a film highlighting the efforts made by Her Majesty’s Commonwealth Canopy environmental project.