Prince Harry reveals he was mocked at school for his habit of picking up litter
Prince Harry has revealed he was mocked at school for picking up litter – a habit he got from his father, the Prince of Wales. And brother Prince William has told of ‘litter-picking” outings organised during school holidays, by the heir to the throne who is fanatical about saving the environment.
The insights come in a BBC One documentary about the life of Prince Charles to be screened before his 70th birthday on November 14.
Harry and William are seen watching old video footage of their father’s speeches about causes close to his heart.
In one from 1970, Charles warns of plastic pollution – an issue that has only recently been taken up by the public 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.”
William, 36, added: “He took us litter picking when we were younger. On holiday!
“We were in Norfolk… And again, both of us thought this is perfectly normal, everyone must do it. We were there with our spikes stabbing the rubbish into black plastic bags.” The brothers paid tribute to their father and their mother, Diana Princess of Wales, for inspiring them.
Harry, 34, said of his father: “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.”
The documentary looks back at the Prince’s life and prophetic speeches he made about environmental damage.
In a 1970 film he is heard cautioning: “Waste is yet another problem. There are 55 million of us on this island using nonreturnable bottles and indestructible plastic containers. It is not difficult to imagine the mountain of refuse that we shall have to deal with somehow.”
As Princes William and Harry watch, Harry says, “That’s amazing.” Father-of-three, William, comments: “The plastics… that comes out doesn’t it. Now it’s a huge topic and he was saying that back in 1970, about our throwaway culture.”
William also revealed how criticism has rankled his father.
Hinting at negative media reports about the carbon footprint created by Prince Charles’ frequent use of private jets, William said: “Until someone comes up with an electric plane, it’s impossible to get around the world, for instance, without using a plane that’s there. So he did take that to heart, the criticism, quite a lot.”
Prince Charles said recently about the talk: “Over 40 years ago, I remember making a speech about the problems of plastic and other waste but at that stage nobody was really interested and I was considered old-fashioned, out of touch and ‘anti-science’ for warning of such things. I don’t really see any value in saying, ‘I told you so’.”
Prince, Son And Heir: Charles At 70, BBC One, Thursday, 9pm.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK