Prince Charles has heralded his late father for being decades ahead of his time in the battle against climate change.

The Prince of Wales also praised the Duke of Edinburgh for being the inspiration for his own 50-year career of campaigning on the environment.

Charles pays the tribute in a new BBC documentary charting the extraordinary life of the Queen’s consort, who died in April just weeks shy of his 100th birthday.

He says: “At the time he could clearly see what was happening... which is now why some of us have been trying to go on about diversity loss and climate change and global warming because it is destroying so much on which we depend.”

The Royal Family Remembers airs tomorrow at 9pm on BBC One (


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The Queen and Duke’s four children will all appear in Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, which airs tomorrow at 9pm on BBC One.

It includes rare footage, some of it from Her Majesty’s private collection.

Proving how ahead of the curve he was, Philip says in one 1970s interview: “I don’t think 10 years ago people were conscious of the consequences of some of the things they were doing.

“I don’t despair but I am very anxious about it.”

Princess Anne also praises her father for his perspective on life, saying: “I think his greatest trait was to look outwards to keep his eyes and ears open, to listen and learn.”

Elsewhere in the film, Charles reveals a chat he has with his father on the day before he died, teasing him about planning his 100th.

“We’re talking about your birthday! And whether there’s going to be reception!” he yells down the phone.

In a typical no-nonsense response, Philip replies: “Well, I’ve got to be alive for it, haven’t I?”

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