Prince Charles has offered a public olive branch to his son Prince Harry while praising both his sons for their conservation work.
The future King wrote an essay for Newsweek where he shared how “proud” he was of both his sons for their efforts in combating climate change while urging world leaders to address the growing threat to the environment.
“As a father, I am proud that my sons have recognised this threat. Most recently, my elder son, William, launched the prestigious Earthshot Prize to incentivise change and help repair our planet over the next ten years by identifying and investing in the technologies that can make a difference,” he said.
“And my younger son, Harry, has passionately highlighted the impact of climate change, especially in relation to Africa, and committed his charity to being net zero.”
"The time is now. The eyes of our children and grandchildren are judging us. Let ours be the generation that can. And does."
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) January 4, 2022
Charles also mentioned his late father, Prince Phillip, and his early efforts to protect the environment.
“Sixty years ago, my late father identified the damage humankind was inflicting on the planet and helped to found the World Wildlife Fund,” he said.
“A decade later, when I first spoke publicly about the environment, many wondered if my sense of urgency was misplaced. That view has shifted in the intervening decades, though all too slowly, and, even today, lacks the urgency needed.
“The time is now. The eyes of our children and grandchildren are judging us. Let ours be the generation that can. And does. As we enter a new year, there is not a moment to lose.”
Charles’ comments come as tensions have reportedly been high between Harry and the Royal family, with rumours swirling that Harry and Charles have not spoken in months. The troubled relationship between the pair was revealed during an explosive tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier in the year where Harry claimed he had spoke with his father about stepping away from Royal duties “before he stopped taking my calls”. When pressed why his father had stopped speaking to him Harry responded, “Because by that point I took matters into my own hands. I’ve got to do something for my own mental health, for my wife’s, and for Archie as well”.