Words by Sarah Carty.
He may have thousands of fans screaming his name whenever he steps out in public these days, but Prince Harry has revealed he wasn’t always the most popular person in the room.
The 34-year-old Duke of Sussex was apparently picked on at school over an adorable habit he picked up from his dad, Prince Charles.
While we’ve yet to see the dad-to-be doing it out-and-about on public visits, the prince claims he used to do this one thing all the time when he was young.
“I used to get taken the mickey out of at school for just picking up rubbish,” the prince said, according to The Express.
“When you go for walks anywhere, if you see something, it stands out, you pick it up.
“Before you know it, somebody [says], ‘What are you doing?’ I’ve literally done this because I am programmed to do it because my father did it. And actually, we should all be doing it.”
Indeed, Prince Charles is known for addressing environmental issues, including global warming, sustainability and ocean pollution.
His passion for raising awareness for the issues has obviously rubbed off on his sons, with Prince Charles and Prince Harry joining forces to attend the future king’s International Sustainability Unit’s meeting in February this year.
Prince Charles spoke at length about the threat coral reef faces and the impact climate change will have on future generations.
“It is a common phrase now that rather than borrowing our present from future generations, we are stealing it.,” the Prince said at the event.
“Well, the speed of the ecological marine cataclysm that we have engendered is such that not only will our children be faced with the monochrome legacy of the graveyard of destroyed reefs and the collapse of marine biodiversity, but the majority of us alive today will stand witness to the process.”
Last year, Prince William warned that overpopulation is ruining the natural environment by putting wildlife under ‘enormous pressure’.
The prince is also patron of The Tusk Trust, which aims to protect African wildlife.
“We are going to have to work much harder, and think much deeper, if we are to ensure that human beings and the other species of animal with which we share this planet can continue to co-exist,” the prince told an audience at The Roundhouse in London, according to Business Insider.
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