Everyone in the British royal family is preparing for the arrival of a new member, as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child together. It’s natural for family members, and in particular parents and grandparents, to worry about every little detail of a new baby’s life. When it comes to his grandchild-to-be, Prince Charles has a global concern on his mind.
“I am about to have another grandchild, actually. I suspect quite a few of you may too have grandchildren or will do soon,” Charles said while addressing the crowd in a speech he gave during a royal visit to Ghana. “It does seem to me insanity if we are going to bequeath this completely polluted, damaged and destroyed world to them. All grandchildren deserve a better future.”
He went on to call for improved measures in the fight against pollution, particularly as it pertains to the ocean.
“A good start has been made,” Charles said. “The matter of plastic debris in the environment, in particular the ocean, is now on the agenda. We do, however, need to keep it there as the amount of plastic entering the ocean every year is, unbelievably, set to get worse rather than better. We cannot, indeed must not, allow this situation to continue. A solution is achievable and simply has to be done for all our sakes — and, above all, for the long-term viability of all those species in the sea which are already suffering unbearably because of our actions.”
Charles also met with artists and environmental activists that are working toward new uses for recycled plastics.
In May, Harry acknowledged his father’s work on behalf of the environment and other charitable causes.
“I ask everyone here to say a huge thank you to you, for your incredible work over nearly 50 years,” Harry said in a speech at the Prince of Wales’ Patronage Celebration.