Prince Charles has spoken up about his concern for his future, unborn grandchild in an emotional confession, discussing the "polluted" and "damaged" world that his generation are set to pass on to younger people.
The Prince of Wales reflected on the news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby, as he discussed leaving a better world for the unborn child and all of his grandchildren.
He was speaking at a gathering of government officials in Ghana – where he is currently undertaking a royal tour – who were meeting to discuss the issue of plastic pollution.
The Telegraph reports that Charles told attendees how he was about to have his fourth grandchild, but that it seemed ‘insanity’ to leave the newborn, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis such a “damaged” world.
He admitted, “I am about to have another grandchild actually. I suspect quite a few of you may too have grandchildren or will do soon.
“It does seem to me insanity if we are going to bequeath this completely polluted, damaged and destroyed world to them. All grandchildren deserve a better future.”
It’s not the first time that the Prince of Wales has been keen to pass on good environmental practises to his family members. Prince Harry and Prince William recently revealed that their father used to make them go litter-picking when they were little, during holidays in Norfolk.
In a clip from an upcoming BBC documentary marking Charles’ 70th birthday, Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70, William said, “We were there with our spikes, stabbing the rubbish into black plastic bags,
“We both just thought, ‘Oh well this is perfectly normal, everyone must do it’,”
Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are currently in the midst of a nine-day tour of West Africa. During a visit to the Ghanian captial, Accra, Prince Charles also made a poignant speech, to state his belief that more needs to be done to fight against plastic pollution.
He said, “A good start has been made. The matter of plastic debris in the environment, in particular the ocean, is now on the agenda.
“We do, however, need to keep it there as the amount of plastic entering the ocean every year is, unbelievably, set to get worse rather than better. We cannot, indeed must not, allow this situation to continue.”