Prince Charles and Prince William have met with world leaders in Glasgow during the COP26 climate change summit. The Prince of Wales and his son have taken on more work during the conference after Queen Elizabeth II was forced to miss it due to doctors’ advice.
Now, Prince Harry has made sure he is part of the climate change plan after welcoming delegates of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) into a conversation about climate change.
CCARE tweeted: “Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, welcomed Realising a Compassionate Planet delegates to a conversation related to climate health and mental health, facilitated by Dr. James Doty.”
Over the years, the Duke of Sussex has launched a number of initiatives tackling the climate crisis, and has previously described it as one of the world’s “two most pressing issues”.
Richard Eden claimed the 37-year-old prince and his wife Meghan Markle would have “hated” not being present at COP26 due to the high-profile platform it offers.
In a recorded video message for world leaders, the Queen praised her son Prince Charles and her grandson Prince William for their contribution to the climate debate and their environmental activism.
Speaking of Harry’s response on the MailPlus podcast Palace Confidential, diary editor Richard Eden said: “They will have hated not being at COP26, I mean just the chance to talk to the whole world with Prince William there.
“One thing, in the Queen’s speech, which I think will have been genuinely hurtful for Harry was no reference to him.
“The Queen talked about how her husband’s environmental concerns were being built on by his son Prince Charles and his grandson Prince William.
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Both the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge, alongside their two wives, were in attendance and had been photographed with world leaders such as US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Both Charles and William have conducted a number of engagements throughout the week, which has included attending Stella McCartney’s sustainable fashion show, meeting Earthshot Prize finalists, and hosting meetings with world leaders.
The Duke of Sussex is also a passionate advocate for sustainability and the environment and has given several speeches on the matter both during his royal career and post-Megxit.
During an interview with Oprah Winfrey for the Apple TV+ series ‘The Me You Can’t See’, he said: “With kids growing up in today’s world, pretty depressing, right, depending on where you live, your home country is either on fire, it’s either underwater, houses or forests are being flattened.”
He also called for a post-Covid “reckoning moment” for people to start tackling the climate crisis, which he linked to mental health.
The prince is also President of Africa Parks, a conservation group that works to protect natural wildlife and ecosystems in Africa’s national parks.
Harry and Meghan have previously come under criticism for their use of private jets.
In the summer of 2019, they took four private jets in the space of 11 days, which included visiting Elton John’s home in the South of France.
The prince has defended these trips, saying that he flies commercial “99 percent of the time” and launched his own sustainable travel company, Travalyst.”
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