PUBLISHED: 16:32, Fri, Oct 9, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:36, Fri, Oct 9, 2020
The Duke of Cambridge has just launched a new project called the Earthshot Prize with renowned environmental campaigner, Sir David Attenborough. The two hope this will become the “Nobel Prize for environmentalism”, and will select 50 solutions to the world’s most pressing problems over the next decade. William first started developing the scheme towards the end of 2019 — which is around the time Harry’s leaked hoax phone call with Russian pranksters was recorded.
The YouTubers were posing as Greta Thunberg, and later released the astonishing recordings of Harry talking about the environment and his royal life in March.
He told the pranksters: “I’m confident within the next five to ten years things will change, but we can’t wait five or ten years.”
However, he then appeared to snub William’s environmental efforts with the Earthshot Prize.
The Duke of Sussex explained: “I think people need to be woken up and the only way to wake people up from what effectively is a consciousness crisis is, I think, you need to be doing extreme things.
“And small steps or giving out prizes doesn’t make any difference these days.”
Sir David Attenborough, Prince William and Prince Harry (Image: Getty)
Sir David Attenborough with William, Kate and their three children (Image: PA)
The conversations were recorded on New Year’s Eve — the same day the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge first announced the prize.
Indeed, it appears Harry made the comments about prizes “making no difference” shortly after William and Kate took to social media to claim the Earthshot Prize will “inspire the planet’s greatest problem solvers”.
Each winner of the award will receive a share of the staggering £50million prize.
The scheme offers a chance for William to create his own legacy as a royal.
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Pranksters pretended to be Greta Thunberg, teenage activist, on the phone to Prince Harry (Image: Getty)