Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, said the prospect of becoming a grandfather has made him more determined to pursue his environmental concerns.
The Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, and her husband Prince William, Charles’s elder son, are expecting their first child, who will be third in line to the throne. The Duchess, 30, is due to give birth in early summer.
Charles, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, is known by his official title of Prince of Wales. He has long been an advocate of environmental causes. In 2007 he set up the Prince’s Rainforests Project to tackle over-logging.
“I’ve gone on for years about the importance of thinking about the long term in relation to environmental damage, climate change and everything else,” the prince, 64, told ITV’s “This Morning” show. “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?’”
Charles also said he worries every night about his younger son Prince Harry, 28, who is serving with British troops in Afghanistan as an Apache helicopter pilot.
“If you are a parent or relation to a loved one and that person is away in incredibly dangerous and challenging circumstances, I know you worry all the time,” he said. “Certainly every night I worry. But he loves what he is doing and he’s brilliant at it.”