Following in his family’s footsteps, Prince George has taken a key interest in animal conservation.
It has emerged the future King, who turns 9 next month, held a cake sale during lockdown to raise money for the animal conservation charity, Tusk. His father, Prince William, is Patron of the charity.
Speaking to GB News, Chief Executive Officer of Tusk Charlie Mayhew said: ‘Prince George very sweetly did a little cake sale to raise money for Tusk during lockdown and wrote a very sweet card about it, clearly demonstrating his concern for Africa’s wildlife.’
The total sum that was raised has not been disclosed, nor has the contents of the card.
Tusk’s CEO hopes William will take his children to Africa one day, so they can experience first-hand the work being done to protect wildlife for future generations.
The third-in-line to the throne has previously shared his passion for animals with Sir David Attenborough alongside his siblings, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
The broadcaster gave George a fossilized giant shark’s tooth when they met at Kensington Palace and the young royal asked him which animal he thinks would become extinct next.
Sir David told him: ‘Well let’s hope there won’t be any, because there are a lot of things we can do when animals are in danger of extinction. We can protect them.’
Previously, William has shared George’s frustration about the state of the planet, after carrying out litter picking at school.
He said on BBC Sounds: ‘So George at school recently has been doing litter picking and I didn’t realize but talking to him the other day he was already showing that he was getting a bit confused and a bit sort of annoyed by the fact they went out litter picking one day and then the very next day they did the same route, same time and pretty much all the same litter they picked up was back again.’
‘And I think that for him he was trying to understand how and where it all came from. He couldn’t understand, he’s like, ‘well, we cleaned this. Why has it not gone away?”
The Royal Family are advocates for tackling climate change and preserving the natural environment and its inhabitants.
The Duke of Edinburgh led the Royals in championing environmental work, as he founded WWF in 1961.
In 1970, Prince Charles gave his first major speech on the environment where he noted that ‘economic and social development will best succeed when it works in harmony, rather than in conflict, with nature’.
The Duke of Cambridge has picked up the mantle of tackling this cause as he has previously noted how ‘it’s heartbreaking’ to think some animals won’t be around when his children grow up.