PRINCE William has revealed how his son George went litter picking and was “annoyed” by how much rubbish he found.
The Duke of Cambridge’s comments come ahead of his Earthshot Prize this Sunday where he will be handing out millions to save the planet.
He told the BBC: “So George at school recently has been doing litter picking and I didn’t realise but talking to him the other day he was already showing that he was getting a bit confused and a bit sort of annoyed by the fact they went out litter picking one day.
“Then the very next day they did the same route, same time and pretty much all the same litter they picked up back again.
“And I think that for him he was trying to understand how and where it all came from.
“He couldn’t understand, he’s like, well, we cleaned this. Why has it not gone away?’
William also spoke about his concern that Prince George and his generation might still be talking about climate change in 30 years’ time – when it “will be too late.”
He said: “But it shouldn’t be that there’s a third generation now coming along having to ramp it up even more.
“And you know, for me, it would be an absolute disaster if George is sat here talking to you or your successor, Adam, you know in like 30 years’ time, whatever, still saying the same thing, because by then we will be too late.”
It comes as the Duke blasted billionaire “space tourism” on the day Star Trek’s William Shatner became the oldest man to be sent into orbit.
William 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.”
William spoke out ahead of his Earthshot Prize which is giving out £50million over next decade for initiatives that save the planet.
The awards, hailed as “Nobel Prize of the environmental world”, wants experts and millionaires to spend their time and money saving the planet.
His interview with BBC Newscast’s Adam Fleming filmed at Kensington Palace will be available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.
During the 35-minute chat William watched back clips from his five-part documentary The Earthshot Prize: Repairing our Planet.
He said: “I want the things that I’ve enjoyed – the outdoor life, nature, the environment – I want that to be there for my children, and not just my children but everyone else’s children.
“If we’re not careful we’re robbing from our children’s future through what we do now.”