Prince Charles details fear of 'broken promises' to grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis

Prince Charles has shared his fears for his grandchildren's future

Prince Charles
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Prince Charles opened up about fears he has "broken promises" made to his grandchildren, as he spoke about "lessons learned" as part of a milestone moment in a big project of his. 


Prince Charles, who lives at Clarence House in London with wife Duchess Camilla, launched Terra Carta, or Earth Carta, virtually to coincide with the One Planet Summit in Paris back in January of 2021. 

As part of the vital environmental project, the Duke of Cornwall confessed that he has fears for the future of his grandchildren; Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and baby Lilibet Diana, who was not born at the time. 

Prince Charles grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis

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Sharing the touching motivation behind the pivotal plan, which hopes to provide a roadmap for a more sustainable world by 2030, Prince Charles highlighted that time to save our planet is "fast running out".

"It is critical that we accelerate and mainstream sustainability into every aspect of our economy," he explained, hailing the Terra Carta the "basis of a recovery plan" for the people and animals of our planet.

Charles, who spends much of his time in the countryside at Highgrove House, also hammered home the need to act now against the climate crisis—or risk future generations like grandchildren George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet looking back on "broken promises". 

In his foreword to the Terra Carta, he said, "Sustainability is a choice. If we make it a part of our core values it will define our purpose, determine our choices and drive our actions.

"It is this which will determine whether or not our children and grandchildren look back on a series of broken promises or, instead, reflect on a tipping point at which the world shifted to a more sustainable, equitable, and prosperous trajectory."

Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.

Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.

Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.

When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.