Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis Interview Sir David Attenborough
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George (seated), Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis met with Sir David Attenborough at Kensington Palace, after The Duke and Sir David attended an outdoor screening of Sir David's new feature film. Prince William and David Attenborough will launch their new initiative The @EarthshotPrize, a global environment prize, on Oct. 8. Photo: Kensington Palace via Getty Images
Royal watchers were treated to rare video footage of the Cambridge kids this past weekend as they quizzed legendary British broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough about wild life and the natural world.
Speaking in public for the first time, the children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are reportedly big fans of the 94-year-old, asked questions ranging from extinction, spiders and Sir David’s favourite animals.
First up in the video is Prince George, 7, who is third in line for the British throne. “Hello, David Attenborough,” he says. “What animal do you think will become extinct next?” Attenborough reassures him by saying, “Let’s hope there won’t be any. Because there are lots of things we can do when animals are in danger of extinction.”
His sister, Princess Charlotte, 5, then reveals that she likes spiders, asking, “Do you like spiders, too?”
“I love spiders!” Attenborough replies, enthusiastically. “I’m so glad you like them. I think they’re wonderful things.”
Two-year-Louis wants to know about Attenborough’s favourite animal – or, as he adorably pronounces it, “am-i-mal.” Sir David’s answer: monkeys.
All In the Royal Family
The Cambridge children certainly seem to be following in the proud family tradition of championing environmental causes. Their father, Prince William, as well as grandfather Prince Charles – who recently opened Climate Week by calling for nothing less than a “Marshall-like” plan to combat the climate crisis – and great-grandfather Prince Philip, who co-founded and presided over the World Wildlife Fund, have been long committed to conservation, wildlife, climate and other causes, serving as patron for many environmental organizations.
Prince William, who founded United for Wildlife and acts as patron of TuskTrust which tackles illegal wildlife trade and works on conservation efforts, had previously interviewed Attenborough in 2019 at the World Economic Forum, where the latter was honoured with a Crystal Award, given annually to artists and cultural figures “whose leadership inspires inclusive and sustainable change.” The Duke and Sir David are also collaborating on The @EarthshotPrize, a prestigious global environment prize which funds research for solving the planet’s climate problems. The initiative will launch on Oct. 8.
Last month, Attenborough, who shares a decades-long friendship with Queen Elizabeth, visited Kensington Palace for a special outdoor screening of his new Netflix documentary, “David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet”, which premiered on Sunday, Oct. 4. On that occasion, he delighted Prince George with the gift of a fossilized shark tooth from the Miocene period some 23 million years ago, which Sir David found while on a family holiday in Malta during the 1960s — the same island George’s great-grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, called home as newlyweds in the late 1940s through the early 1950s during the prince’s service on the HMS Chequers.
Unbeknownst to young George, the gift actually sparked a diplomatic row with Maltese officials afterward, when they demanded its return to the island, before rescinding its request.