Prince Charles reveals how he's limiting carbon footprint
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However, the Royal Family have been known to travel abroad frequently for royal engagements and tours, as well as state visits and personal holidays. Prince Charles did an interview with the BBC about environmentalism and sustainability on Monday, October 11, where he expressed sympathy with environmental activism group Extinction Rebellion and activist Greta Thunberg. Then Prince William also gave an interview to the BBC on Thursday, October 14, prior to his Earthshot Prize Awards, where he discussed space tourism and how entrepreneurs should focus on saving the Earth rather than engaging in space tourism.
The Duke of Cambridge said great brains and minds should be “trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live”.
The Queen also criticised world leaders’ inaction on addressing the climate crisis, admitting she was “irritated” by individuals who “talk but don’t do”.
She made the remarks, which were picked up on a live stream, at the opening of the Welsh parliament in Cardiff on Thursday, October 14.
During a conversation with the Duchess of Cornwall and Elin Jones, the Parliament’s presiding officer, the Queen referred to the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow starting on October 31.
She said: “Extraordinary, isn’t it. I’ve been hearing all about Cop. Still don’t know who is coming. No idea.
“We only know about people who are not coming. It’s really irritating when they talk, but they don’t do.”
Elin Jones replied: “Exactly. It’s a time for doing, and watching your grandson on the television this morning saying there’s no point going to space, we need to save the Earth.”
The Queen then smiled and said: “Yes, I read about it.”
Nuala Gathercole Lam, Extinction Rebellion Press and Spokespeople Coordinator, spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about the Royal Family and whether their travelling abroad matches their words concerning the environment.
Nuala said: “This week the Royal Family put the pressure on Boris ahead of COP26, as Prince William worries about too much focus on a commercial space race, the Queen is irritated by leaders who ‘talk but don’t do’, and Heir Charles totally understands our tactics.
“Extinction Rebellion can only assume the Royal Family are completely irate at their Prime Minister who continues to make empty promises while propping up the businesses destroying our planet just weeks before hosting COP26.
“But if the royals really want to pressure the Government, a bit of superglue goes a long way!
“If nonviolent civil disobedience isn’t their cup of tea, they could start by rewilding their land and refusing our taxes, asking for them to be spent instead on an immediate transition away from fossil fuels.”
Chris Venables, head of politics at Green Alliance, also offered their opinion on the royals taking on environmental issues.
Chris said: “The Royal Family share the concerns of the British public about the lack of action in tackling the climate crisis.
“Ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, we need the UK Government to show leadership with an ambitious climate plan backed up with public investment in the spending review.
“If they fail to deliver, I’d hope the Queen would have a quiet word with them.”
Since the coronavirus pandemic, the royals have been travelling less frequently and began doing many engagements virtually.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did travel to Northern Ireland on September 29 to meet students in Derry.
Similarly, Princess Anne made a brief visit to Paris from October 4 to October 6, where she met with representatives of the Paris 2024 Olympics.
The Earthshot Prize Awards, which aired on Sunday, October 17, are scheduled to take place in America next year, which will be even more travelling done by the Royal Family.
The royal line of succession – who outranks who?
The line of succession to the British throne dictates the order in which each member of the Royal Family would ascend to the throne.
It is also seen as a ranking of importance with the head of the line, the Queen, taking the place of ruler.
Older children come before younger children. Traditionally boys came before girls, but this law was changed on March 26, 2015 before the birth of Prince William’s first child.
Incredibly, Catholics are still excluded from the line of succession, as are children born outside of wedlock.
The royals, who usually stick to a strict protocol when appearing in public, often arrive at events in ascending order of importance, with the most important royal arriving last.
Prince Charles, 72, is currently first-in-line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, 39, his oldest son.
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