Prince Harry has been hailed “his father’s son” by royal commentator Marlene Koenig after it emerged the Duke of Sussex is supporting a new initiative aiming to raise awareness on climate change. The royal historian wrote on Twitter: “This is fabulous. Very much his father’s son.”
Other social media users acknowledged Prince Charles and Prince Harry’s shared interest in the environment.
One social media user said: “I guess his father and grandma raised him well… after all, after all.”
Another added: “Say what you will about Charles as a man but at least he passed on his love for the environment to his kids (and hopefully grandkids).
“I remember how people used to mock him back in the day.”
Prince Harry has been praised for following in his father’s footsteps on his commitment to fight climate change
Prince Harry helping a child planting a tree during his last tour to Africa
The Prince of Wales himself admitted earlier this year he was seen as “rather dotty” five decades ago when he started speaking with concern about conservation, climate change and pollution.
Marking the 50th anniversary of his landmark speech on the environment in February, the heir to the throne said: “I was considered rather dotty, to say the least, for even suggesting these things, rather like when I set up a reed-bed sewage treatment system at Highgrove all those years ago – that was considered completely mad.”
The Duke of Sussex has previously spoken about how his father’s teachings on the environment have had an impact on him since he was a teenager.
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Prince Harry, Prince William and Prince Charles at the Illegal Wildlife Trade convention in 2014
Appearing on the BBC documentary Charles at 70, Harry said: “I used to get taken the mickey out of at school for just picking up rubbish.
“When you go for walks anywhere, if you see something, it stands out, you pick it up.
“Before you know it, somebody [says], ‘What are you doing?’ I’ve literally done this because I am programmed to do it because my father did it.
“And actually, we should all be doing it.”
Prince Charles taught his children to pick up litter
Prince Harry launched Travalyst in 2019
He added: “He’s done an amazing job, without telling us what we should be doing or the direction that we should go in.
“He’s just let us learn from the nature of the job. Learning from him. Learning from mummy.”
Prince Harry has backed a new free streaming platform entirely focused on climate documentaries.
The platform, Waterbear, also shares original content from more than 80 non-for-profit organisations across the world – including WWF, Greenpeace and the Jane Goodall Institute.
Prince Harry now lives in California
Members of the audience who want to donate to a specific organisation can click on the “take action” button, which sends them to its website.
In a nine-minute video shared on the platform today, Harry said: “For me, it’s about putting the dos behind the says, and that is something that WaterBear is going to be doing: capitalising on a community of doers.
“There’s a lot of people that ‘say’, but this is about action.”
During the conversation with Waterbear’s CEO Ellen Windemuth and Head of Strategy Sam Sutaria, Prince Harry also shared his thoughts on the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the environment.
Prince Harry has often spoken about climate change and the impact it is having on the planet.
Prince Harry and Prince Charles at Kensington Palace in the mid-1980s
In June last year, he and Meghan Markle published on their now-defunct Instagram account Sussex Royal a message in which they highlighted the importance of reducing the eco-footprint.
In September 2019 he launched Travalyst, an organisation working with leaders in the travel business to make tourism more sustainable.
The Duke has also been the president of African Parks since 2017.
In the 2019 annual report for the organisation, the Duke opened up on his worries for the future.
He wrote: “Since becoming a father, I feel the pressure is even greater to ensure we can give our children the future they deserve, a future that hasn’t been taken from them, and a future full of possibility and opportunity.”