The 34-year-old Duke of Sussex, who’s expecting a child with wife Meghan Markle within the next month or so, revealed during a recent roundtable discussion with the Commonwealth young leaders that he’s worried about the kind of world baby Sussex will grow up in.
“As someone who is about to become a father,” the duke explained. “I am acutely aware of our shared responsibility to make this world more resilient and its inhabitants more accountable for the next generation. The only way to see real progress is not by chance, it’s by change.”
But he’s not the only one with fears about the future. Prince Charles expressed a similar worry last November about the new royal baby during a visit to Ghana to address a group of government and business officials.
He said, “I am about to have another grandchild actually. I suspect quite a few of you may too have grandchildren or will do soon. It does seem to me insanity if we are going to bequeath this completely polluted, damaged and destroyed world to them.”
The 70-year-old Prince of Wales has long been an environmentalist and he’s passed on his passion for conservationism to his son. Prince Harry opened up in the documentary Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70 about the “small habit” he learned from his dad that helps reduce his green footprint. Like all dads, Harry is “obsessed” with making sure there aren’t too many lights on at once.
While he still might worry about the environment, at least he knows he’s doing his part.