PRINCE GEORGE has been caught up in an international row after a gift he received from hero David Attenborough sparked controversy. Here’s how the future king is at the centre of a fierce debate.
Sir David gifted George a prehistoric shark tooth he found during a family holiday in Malta half a century ago.
The young Prince was photographed handling the special present with glee during the special encounter.
Photos of an excited George with his gift were shared by Kensington Palace at the weekend but have since sparked a furious debate.
While royal fans may have been delighted to see George enjoying his present, the gift has incensed Maltese officials.
Prince George row: Future king at centre of international storm (Image: Getty/Kensington Palace)
Prince George row: David Attenborough met the Cambridges at Kensington Palace (Image: Instagram)
The country’s culture minister, José Herrera, has pledged to investigate if the tooth should be returned for display on the island where it was originally excavated, according to reports.
Mr Herrera told The Times of Malta: “There are some artefacts that are important to Maltese natural heritage and which ended up abroad and deserve to be retrieved.
“We rightly give a lot of attention to historical and artistic artefacts. However, it is not always the case with our natural history.
“I am determined to direct a change in this attitude.”
Prince George row: George was given a prehistoric shark tooth (Image: Kensington Palace)
The huge fossilised tooth is from an extinct Carcharocles megalodon – one of the most feared predators to have swum in the seas.
The tooth was found by Mr Attenborugh in the 1960s and was It was embedded in the island’s soft yellow limestone.
The carcharocles megalodon from which it came is believed to have grown to 15 metres in length – about twice the length of the great white shark.
Prince William’s new documentary ‘Prince William: A Planet For Us All’ will air on ITV next month.
The Duke of Cambridge invited Mr Attenborugh to a private screening of the new programme at Kensington Palace.
In a teaser clip for the show, William talks about how having children has altered his views on saving the planet.
The Duke said: “I’ve always loved nature but fatherhood has given me a new sense of purpose.
“Now I’ve got George, Charlotte and now Louis in my life, your outlook does change.”
Prince George row: David Attenborough joined William for a viewing of his new climate change documentary (Image: Kensington Palace)
William added: “You want to hand over to the next generation. The wildlife in a much better condition.
“So two years ago a film crew joined me on my search for ways to protect the natural world.”
The Cambridges spent lockdown at their country home Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
The family returned to their London base at Kensington Palace ahead of the start of the autumn school term.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK