'It is political!' Prince William walking a 'canny line' with latest climate pleas

The Duke of Cambridge’s recent work on climate change is “one step away from telling us what do”, a royal historian has claimed. The 39-year-old future king is a renowned environmental campaigner, and has launched The Earthshot Prize and hosted a documentary series about the climate crisis in recent weeks. Dr Tessa Dunlop has urged Prince William to “remain that side of the line” and avoid entering a political discourse, which would cause a constitutional problem for the Royal Family.

Speaking on the Palace Confidential podcast, Dr Dunlop said: “I think the reason why the royals have wholeheartedly backed green, it isn’t just because of Charles’ lifelong obsession, it’s also because it’s on one level no longer political.

“We are heating up, the problem I think and where William has got to really walk a canny line is how we deal with climate change is hugely political.

“In the way the Queen being there, she never really says anything, she just nods ‘yes the climate is heating up’ – that’s what you want, the institution of the monarchy is recognising that.

“William is just one step away from telling us what to do, at the moment he’s just giving out prizes, he needs to make sure it remains that side of the line because otherwise it’s a quagmire. People who go green isn’t political, there’s a green party for goodness sake, it is political.”

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Prince William is expected to attend the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow over the next coming days, as he joins Prince Charles, Camilla and his wife Kate at the important conference. 

Along with his father, he will welcome world leaders and global ambassadors during a reception on Monday evening, and is expected to give a speech and host meetings with business leaders throughout the week. 

William has recently been praised for launching his inaugural The Earthshot Prize, which awards five winners with £1million each to develop their innovative solutions to save the planet. 

Destined to run for the next decade, the Duke established the Prize alongside famous naturalist Sir David Attenborough with the aim of “creating positivity” within the climate debate.

During an interview with BBC Newscast, he received criticism after he suggested entrepreneurs should focus on saving Earth rather than engaging in space tourism.

Speaking of the current space race, he said: “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.

“I think that ultimately is what sold it for me – that really is quite crucial to be focusing on this [planet] rather than giving up and heading out into space to try and think of solutions for the future.”

He also said there had been a rise in “climate anxiety” amongst the younger generation and that it would be a “disaster” if his eldest son George were to be having these same conversations in 30 years time.

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