Prince Charles says he’s ‘very proud’ of son Prince William for ‘his growing commitment to the environment’ and for his ‘bold ambition’ ahead of the first annual Earthshot prize in sweet Instagram post

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  • Prince Charles reveals he is ‘very proud’ of his son Prince William today
  • In a sweet Instagram post, the Prince of Wales, 72, praised the 39-year-old’s eldest son for his “growing commitment to the environment and the bold ambition of the Earthshot Prize”.
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to attend the first Earthshot Awards ceremony at Alexandra Palace in London today

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Prince Charles has revealed he is ‘very proud’ of his son Prince William ahead of his first annual Earthshot award today.

The Prince of Wales, 72, took to Instagram to praise his 39-year-old eldest son for his “growing commitment to the environment and the bold ambition of the Earthshot Prize”.

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Both royals are longtime environmental campaigners, with William set to attend the Earthshot Awards ceremony for the first time with his wife Kate Middleton, 39, at the Alexandra Palace in London tonight.

Created by Prince William and The Royal Foundation, The Earthshot Prize has led an unprecedented global search for the most inspiring and innovative solutions to the greatest environmental challenges facing the planet.

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Prince Charles has revealed he is ‘very proud’ of his son Prince William ahead of his first annual Earthshot award today. Both royals are longtime environmental campaigners, with William set to attend the Earthshot Awards ceremony for the first time with his wife Kate Middleton, 39, at the Alexandra Palace in London tonight.

The Earthshot Prize is the most ambitious environmental award in history and this opening ceremony will reflect that.

In a rare and poignant public statement, Charles wrote: ‘I am extremely 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, re-imagine and build the sustainable future we so desperately need.

‘The Earthshot Prize, and its inspiring nominees, will help us find innovative solutions in the coming decade, with future generations in mind.

‘In parallel, through My Terra Carta and the Sustainable Markets Initiative, we will work to raise the trillions of dollars needed to turn the global economy on a more sustainable trajectory.

‘With everyone joining us, we have a real opportunity to deliver a brighter future for humanity while restoring harmony between nature, people and the planet.

The Earthshot Prize is the most ambitious environmental award in history and this opening ceremony will reflect that

The Earthshot Prize is the most ambitious environmental award in history and this opening ceremony will reflect that

‘HRH The Prince of Wales’.

The post was flooded with hundreds of likes and comments praising Charles for his honesty and environmental campaign.

‘Such beautiful words from our wonderful prince,’ said one.

Another added, ‘You two have such a beautiful picture.’

Last week, Prince Charles said he understands why Greta Thunberg is ‘angry’ with Boris Johnson and other world leaders over climate change – and also understands the frustrations of groups such as Extinction Rebellion and Insulate Britain.

Speaking to the BBC at Prince George’s Wood, Charles has built an arboretum in the gardens of his home on the Balmoral estate in Aberdeen and named after his grandson, the heir to the throne, saying he is ‘deeply concerned’ about the earth And said that humans are ‘overexploiting’ and harming nature.

Asked if he thought climate activist Greta Thunberg was doing something when she dismissed Boris Johnson and other world leaders’ efforts to tackle climate change as ‘blah blah blah’, the Prince of Wales said Share your sympathy.

He said: ‘I knew that in the end all these young people would get fed up because they feel nothing is happening, so of course they are going to be disappointed. I completely understood. Because no one will listen. They see that their future is completely destroyed.’

Prince Charles expressed his sympathy for groups like XR and activists like Greta Thunberg in an extensive BBC interview

Prince Charles expressed his sympathy for groups like XR and activists like Greta Thunberg in an extensive BBC interview

Discussing world leaders, he said: ‘It’s just talk. The problem is that there is an attempt to take action at the grassroots level which I have been trying to do for the last 40 years.

He also said he understands why groups like XR and Insulate Britain take action, although he added: ‘I understand why they go out but it’s not helpful to do it in a way that isolates people.

‘I completely understand the frustration. The difficulty is how do you channel that frustration in a way that is more constructive than destructive.’

Discussing the XR, he also revealed: ‘Extinction Rebellion came up and did a sit-in in my driveway in Highgrove when I was on tour. But the amazing thing was that he left a letter behind saying very nice things. Having said, you know, at such a time and at such a time you said so, you were right.

‘Then at 19 you said something else, you were right. You were right, you were right. It was amazing as far as I am concerned, it was the right kind of performance.’

The Earthshot Prize aims to encourage change and inspire collective action around our unique ability to innovate, problem solve and ultimately repair our planet over the next ten years.  The Earthshot Prize is based on five 'Earthshot' goals: protecting and restoring nature;  fix our climate;  clean our air;  Revive our oceans;  Build a garbage free world.  Five £1 million prizes will be awarded each year for the next 10 years, providing at least 50 solutions to the world's biggest environmental problems by 2030.

The Earthshot Prize aims to encourage change and inspire collective action around our unique ability to innovate, problem solve and ultimately repair our planet over the next ten years. The Earthshot Prize is based on five ‘Earthshot’ goals: protecting and restoring nature; fix our climate; clean our air; Revive our oceans; Build a garbage free world. Five £1 million prizes will be awarded each year for the next 10 years, providing at least 50 solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems by 2030.

Charles also told how he does not eat meat and fish for two days a week and does not eat dairy for one day.

Most notably, he explained how he had converted his Aston Martin so it runs on whey from additional English wine and cheese production. The car, which he has owned for 51 years, now runs on a fuel called E85 – made from 85% bioethanol and 15% unleaded petrol.

Describing his diet, he said: ‘This is one way to do it. If more people did this, it would reduce a lot of pressure on the environment.

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