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Prince Charles' Concerns For Future Grandchild
The Prince of Wales has spoken of the responsibility he feels at the prospect of becoming a grandfather, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge await their first child.
Charles, an outspoken campaigner on environmental issues, said he did not want to "hand on an increasingly dysfunctional world" to his grandchild, due to be born in the summer.
In an interview with This Morning presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, he said: "I've gone on for years about the importance of thinking about the long-term in relation to the environmental damage, climate change and everything else.
"We don't, in a sensible world, want to hand on an increasingly dysfunctional world to our grandchildren, to leave them with the real problem.
"I don't want to be confronted by my future grandchild and (have) them say: 'Why didn't you do something?' So clearly now that we will have a grandchild, it makes it even more obvious to try and make sure we leave them something that isn't a total poisoned chalice."
In December, Charles said he was "thrilled" at the prospect of becoming a grandfather, after William and Kate announced the Duchess was expecting their first child.
She later spent three days in the private King Edward VII's Hospital in London while being treated for a severe form of morning sickness.
Charles has been a strong advocate of taking action to protect the environment for many years.
In 2007 he set up The Prince's Rainforest Group to find a solution to save the world's threatened forests.
He addressed a UN international climate summit in Copenhagen in 2009 and the following year he gave a keynote speech to the Oslo Climate and Forest Conference.
During the ITV1 daytime show interview at Clarence House, to be broadcast today, Charles also voiced his concern about Prince Harry, who is currently serving in Afghanistan.
"If you are a parent or relation to a loved one and that person is away in these incredibly dangerous and challenging circumstances, I know you worry all the time," he said.
"Certainly every night I worry. But he [Prince Harry] loves doing what he's doing and he's brilliant at it."
He added: "I constantly meet the families of those who have lost their sons, husbands, brothers or sisters ... and I have some understanding at least of what they go through."
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what do you think?
I remember back in the early 1980's when Prince Charles started speaking about enviromentalism the British press lampooned him for his ecofriendly beliefs. Now the concept of not polluting our Mother Earth is a mainstream belief - as it should be. As a future King of our country I'm happy for this. Better that than a monarch who dosent care and believes we can continue to devour our planet's natural resources without consequence. Whether you agree with monarchy or not Prince Charles has proved over time that his care for our natural world is genuine. More than those politicians who play the 'green' card purely as a synical ploy for votes
I agree with you over his concerns about the environment etc. It's a great pity he didn't show the same concern about the well being of the future grandchild's grandmother Dianna
Here here George. I thought honour killings were a thing for third world countries.
despicable man. down with the royals.
Species will die out in the wild and rainforest will disappear. But here gardens will still bloom (when the sun shines) and Farmland will still be beautiful countryside (windfarms excluded). We are not all 'doomed'.
We will all be doomed chris if the rainforests go. . They are the lungs of the planet. That would have a direct knock on effect for us as well
Our gardens wont bloom if we dont do more for the honey bees that are very much in decline thanks to a mite thats slaughtered them in recent years.no bees no flowers no fruit and veg no nothing.
I thought it was more to do with plankton and microorganisms in the oceans that act as a counterbalance. And bees and mites have been around for a few million years? Planetry cycles are not all man made?? Sun 'spot' cycles have a huge effect. We will have another natuarl Iceage sometime?
And our politicians preach democracy to the world while unelected hypocrites like Charlie Windsor rule the country. And what is the size of his global footprint?
His family probs has the biggest global footprint, then any other family in the whole world.
I like Charles. But the subject of environment issues coming from a man driven around in a fleet of range rovers and who owns a fleet of cars with over 6 litre engines is a bit contradictory. Live by example or shut up.
He does ride a horse too! And probably sometimes walks further than most people.
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d and d Phillips
We shall have fog by teatime