Prince William revealed that Prince George was hit particularly hard by David Attenborough’s latest documentary which debuted on Netflix on Saturday.
He explained that learning about extinction brought his son ‘sadness’.
Marking the launch of his environmental Earth shot Prince, the Due revealed to Sky News that while watching Extinction: The Facts seven-year-old Prince George ‘got sad’ and asked to turn it off.
So, having watched so many David Attenborough documentaries recently with my children, they absolutely love them, the most recent one — the extinction one — actually George and I had to turn it off, we got so sad about it halfway through.
“He said to me, ‘You know, I don’t want to watch this anymore.’ “
Prince William continued: “Why has it come to this? You know, he’s 7 years old and he’s asking me these questions already, he really feels it, and I think every 7-year-old out there can relate to that.”
Asked about if he brings the importance of optimism in conversations with his family, William said: “I think to be perfectly honest I’m struggling to keep the optimism levels going with my own children, and that’s really kind of like… an understanding moment.
“Where you kind of look at yourself and go ‘Am I doing enough on this, are we really at this stage in life when I can’t be hugely optimistic and pleased that my children are getting so into nature.’
“Because you kind of worry and dread they’re soon going to realise that we are in a very, very dangerous and difficult time in the environment and that as a parent, you feel you’re letting them down immediately.”
Prince George had extinction on his mind when he, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis quizzed sir David Attenborough about nature.
“Hello David Attenborough, What animal do you think will become extinct next?” George asked, and Attenborough replied he hopes that will not happen.