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Prince Charles gushes he’s ‘proud’ of son William for environment campaign – days after Harry anti-mining plea

PRINCE Charles has praised Prince William ahead of his first awards ceremony for his environmental prize.

The Prince of Wales gushed that he was “proud” of his son, just days after Prince Harry made an anti-mining plea.

William and the Duchess of Cambridge will join a host of famous faces for the inaugural awards ceremony for the Earthshot Prize later today.

The Duke of Cambridge will call for society to "unite in repairing our planet" at the first awards ceremony for his environmental prize.

He launched his ambitious prize to find solutions to the planet's environmental problems and overcome the pessimism felt by many on its future.

Speaking ahead of the Earthshot ceremony, 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.

"In parallel, through my Terra Carta and Sustainable Markets Initiative, we will work to mobilise the trillions of dollars required to transition the global economy on to a more sustainable trajectory.

"Together, with all those who join us, we have a real opportunity to deliver a brighter future for humanity while restoring harmony between nature, people and planet."

Earlier this week Prince Harry begged mining firms to stop “pillaging” his African “sanctuary” for oil.

He called for the world to “stand with us”, and said that the Okavango watershed in southern Africa is "at risk" due to "corporate oil drilling" in a rare op-ed for the Washington Post.

The Prince - who was just unveiled as an impact partner for “ethical” investment group Ethic - said he and Meghan "found sanctuary and inspiration in the Okavango".

Harry whisked the then future-Duchess of Sussex away to the Meno A Kwena safari camp in August 2017 in the heart of Botswana on one of their early dates.

Her Majesty also weighed in on climate change, suggesting that world leaders are “irritating” when hey “talk but don’t do”.


Earthshot judges include broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, actress Cate Blanchett and singer Shakira.

The stars will walk the green carpet at the event being staged at Alexandra Palace in north London.

Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and KSI will perform during the ceremony, and actors Dame Emma Thompson, Emma Watson and 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 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."

William's Earthshot Prize takes its inspiration from the Apollo moon landings, nicknamed Moonshot, which helped advance mankind's technological achievements.

It features five categories, or Earthshots - Protect and restore nature; Clean our air, Revive our oceans; Build a waste-free world; and Fix our climate - which organisers say if achieved by 2030 would improve life for all.

Every year from 2021 until the end of the decade, winners of the five Earthshots will each receive £1 million to develop their projects.

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