Prince Charles has revealed he is ‘very proud’ of his son William ahead of his inaugural awards ceremony for the Earthshot Prize.
The Duke of Cambridge’s prize is a Nobel-like award for eco-heroes founded by himself and Sir David Attenborough in the hope of finding solutions to the planet’s biggest problems.
William has followed in the footsteps of his father, 72, who was full of praise for his son’s environmental campaigning.
Speaking ahead of the Earthshot ceremony at the Alexandra Palace in London, Charles said: ‘I am very proud of my son, William, for his growing commitment to the environment and the bold ambition of the Earthshot Prize.
‘As a world, we need to come together to inspire, reimagine and build the sustainable future we so desperately need.
‘Over the coming decade, with future generations in mind, the Earthshot Prize, and its inspirational nominees, will help us find the innovative solutions.’
Earthshot judges include broadcaster Sir David, actress Cate Blanchett and singer Shakira – who will walk the green carpet tonight.
In a short film recorded in the London Eye, Prince William will say: ‘We are alive in the most consequential time in human history… The actions we choose or choose not to take in the next 10 years will determine the fate of the planet for the next thousand.
‘A decade doesn’t seem long, but humankind has an outstanding record of being able to solve the unsolvable.
‘Many of the answers are already out there… but we need everyone – from all parts of society – to raise their ambition and unite in repairing our planet.
‘The future is ours to determine. And if we set our minds to it, nothing is impossible.’
Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and KSI will perform during the ceremony, while actors Dame Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, David Oyelowo, and Liverpool FC striker Mo Salah will be handing out the awards.
The ceremony comes ahead of the Cop26 UN climate change conference in Glasgow in a few weeks – which the Queen, the Cambridges and the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will attend.
In the days leading up to the ceremony, William criticised billionaires like Jeff Bezos spending their money on space tourism, saying: ‘We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live.’
His comment, made during a BBC interview, was aired the day after Star Trek actor William Shatner made history by becoming the oldest person in space.
Shatner, 90, defended his historic space flight, saying William had got the ‘wrong idea’ and his adventure was a small step that could eventually lead to polluting industries moving off earth.
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