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Prince William lays bare reason over climate vow - so ‘I can look my children in the eye’

Prince William prepares for The Earthshot Prize

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, made a vow to do his part to help the environment for his children's future, according to the CEO of The Royal Foundation. William is father to three children - Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three.

The prince has made good on his personal promise as he is about to release his new book Earthshot: How to Save Our Planet, written by climate experts Colin Butfield and Jonnie Hughes.

Ahead of the release of the book Jason Knauf, CEO of The Royal Foundation said of William: “The challenge the Duke set himself was ‘What is the maximum positive personal contribution I can make in the next ten years in the fight against climate change?

“‘What am I going to do in the next decade that means I can look my children in the eye and say that I did my bit?’

“Every aspect of the Prize bears the stamp of his contribution.”

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William spent two years working on the project with the Royal Foundation (Image: Getty)

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Prince William is father to three children (Image: Getty)

The Earthshot Prize was founded by the Prince to “incentivise change and help to repair our planet over the next ten years”.

The prize is centred around five categories - Protect and Restore Nature, Clean Our Air, Revive Our Oceans, Build a Waste-Free World, and Fix Our Climate.

The first five winners are set to be announced on 17 October at the Alexandra Palace in London.

The 15 finalists will be announced on Friday and five of them will be awarded a visit to the Hoanib Valley in the Kunene region of Namibia.

The winners will receive a £1 million grant to work on their projects which highlight a greener future.

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Royal Family tree (Image: Express)

In a statement William said: “The Earth is at a tipping point and we face a stark choice: either we continue as we are and irreparably damage our planet, or we remember our unique power as human beings and our continual ability to lead, innovate and problem-solve.

“People can achieve great things.

“The next ten years present us with one of our greatest tests – a decade of action to repair the Earth.”

William spent two years working on the project with the Royal Foundation.

The idea was founded during his visit to Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya in 2018 when the prince met conservation workers.

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