According to a royal commentator, Prince William’s presence at the important COP26 climate summit next week will be more significant than that of Prince Charles, as the younger royal represents the “new generation”. Despite Andrew Pierce claiming that the 39-year-old prince was beginning to sound “like an echochamber” of his father, he hailed both William and Kate as the “rockstars” of the event.
Speaking on the MailPlus podcast Palace Confidential, Mr Pierce said: “We all know what Charles thinks about the environment, he’s been banging on about it for the last 35, 40 years to the point where it becomes almost boring.
“What is more significant I think, is what William says, he’s the new generation and he’s the new kid on the block.
“He will be king one day, he speaks for a younger generation who are arguably far more concerned about the environment and he is beginning to sound a bit like an echochamber of his father.
“But so far, I don’t think he’s gone over the line in a way that Prince Charles has in my view on many occasions, which you can’t do when you’re king.
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“Again, William and Kate are the rockstars at that conference in Glasgow, not Charles and Camilla.
“I’m afraid it’s William and Kate, that’s where the cameras will be and that’s who everyone will want to be with.”
The Cambridges are expected to arrive in Glasgow on October 31, and will attend a diplomatic reception on Monday evening alongside Prince Charles and Camilla.
Prince William is expected to give a speech during the summit, and will conduct meetings with business leaders and global ambassadors to discuss solutions to the climate crisis.
In an interview with the BBC, Prince Charles also urged leaders to take decisive action during the summit, as he branded it a “last-chance saloon” to save the planet.
Both the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge are renowned environmental campaigners, with William recently launching his inaugural The Earthshot Prize alongside Sir David Attenborough.
Over the next decade, the Prize will award five winners with £1million each to progress with their innovative solutions to tackle climate change.
On October 17, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out on the green carpet alongside celebrities such as Ed Sheeran and Emma Watson, with both of them taking to the stage to deliver speeches on the environment.
William and Kate represent two of the most popular members of the Royal Family. According to recent YouGov polls, the couple have the third and fourth highest approval rating, whilst Charles is ranked at sixth.
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