Prince Harry opens up about the moment 'everything changed'

Anya Meyerowitz
·2-min read
Photo credit: BBC1
Photo credit: BBC1

From Red Online

Prince Harry has been very vocal about our need to protect the planet and safeguard our futures, a cause he stepped up after his marriage to Meghan Markle in 2018.

And though we might have heard the Duke of Sussex discuss his hopes for our future and his charitable initiatives prior to the birth of his son, he has revealed that becoming a father has changed everything, and intensified his drive to lead the world into a more sustainable future.

During an online video call with Ellen Windemuth, the chief executive officer of charity WaterBear and its head of strategy Sam Sutaria, the Duke was asked if he has always held an interested in the environment and the natural world.

'I think I’ve always been that way,' he explained. 'But the moment you become a father, everything really does change because then you start to realise – well, what is the point in bringing a new person into this world if when they get to your age and it’s on fire'.

In further reflections on fatherhood and his role in planet conservation Prince Harry stated: 'We can’t steal their future, we really can’t – that’s not the role, that’s not the job we’re here for.'

Speaking in his role as President of conservation for the NGO, African Parks, he added: ' I think we really need to take a moment and think how do we get what we need and have our desire fulfilled, without taking from our children and generations to come’.

His brother, Prince William has also previously discussed his view of the world changed when he became a father.

As part of his ITV documentary, Prince William: A Planet For Us All, he shared that he has 'always loved nature', but that fatherhood has given him a 'new sense of purpose'.

Now I have got George, Charlotte and now Louis in my life – your outlook does change. You want to hand over to the next generation, the wildlife in a much better condition,' the Prince explained.

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