Members of the Royal Family are at risk of irritating the public with “endless lectures” from “very rich, privileged people”, claims a royal commentator. Both Prince Charles and Prince William have conducted high-profile interviews with the BBC this week, where they have discussed the impact of climate change and their own efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.
The Royal Family have been warned against ‘endless lectures’
Despite Prince William’s Earthshot Prize being described as “fantastic”, the Royal Family have been urged not to “get stuck” in lecturing the general public.
When asked if their latest climate appeals could become “white noise”, royal commentator Richard Eden said: “I think there is a real danger and at the moment, we’ve got a real danger with energy prices.
“At the moment and over the coming year, people are really going to feel that damage to their lifestyle, in terms of what things are costing.
“So to then have endless lectures from very rich, privileged people, I think is a problem.
“The royals don’t want to get stuck in that, so it’s brilliant the projects they’re doing, and I think Prince William’s Earthshot Prize that we’re going to see this weekend, is fantastic because it’s all about encouraging ideas, how can we improve things?
“It’s really positive and optimistic, but it shouldn’t go down this route of endless lectures.”
Prince William appeared on BBC Newscast on Thursday, to give an in-depth interview on the climate crisis and his inaugural Earthshot Prize.
He warned BBC journalist Adam Fleming of the rising “climate anxiety” amongst the younger generation, and suggested that billionaire entrepreneurs should focus on saving Earth instead of investing in space tourism.
He also stated his belief that it would be “catastrophic” if his eldest son, Prince George, were to be having the same conversations on climate change in 30 years time.
The Duke of Cambridge was conducting the interview to speak about The Earthshot Prize, which is due to announce its first five winners on Sunday evening.
Launched in collaboration with Sir David Attenborough, the Prize awards £1million each to five winners to enable them to progress with their innovative solutions to tackling the climate crisis.
Prince William and his wife Kate will join a number of other high-profile celebrities at Alexandra Palace on Sunday, to reveal the winners and raise awareness of global warming and environmental activism.
His interview with Newscast follows Prince Charles’ interview with the BBC on Monday, which was conducted from the grounds of Balmoral.
During the interview, the future king spoke about his efforts to reduce his own carbon footprint, which included installing solar panels at Highgrove and Clarence House, and converting his Aston Martin to run off fermented wine and cheese.
He also describe the COP26 climate summit as a “last chance saloon” and expressed his hope that world leaders would take decisive action, rather than “just talk”.
Both Prince William and Prince Charles will be in attendance at the COP26 summit in Glasgow. They will be accompanied by the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge, and will meet with world leaders and global ambassadors to discuss the growing threat to our planet.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK