Prince Charles revealed, in a documentary about his life, that he had planted trees for his first grandchild, the day after he was born.
They say no one spoils you like your grandparents and Prince George found out just as much when his grandfather, Prince Charles, gifted him a forest. Yep, you read that right. The Prince of Wales gifted his grandson an entire forest. In a new documentary titled Prince, Son, and Heir: Charles at 70, the Prince of Wales reveals that following the birth of his first grandchild, Prince George, in 2013, he had planted an entire forest, according to People.
Prince George was born to Catherine (Kate) Middleton and Prince William in 2013. Prince Charles has said that he plans to gift the forest to his grandchild when he's much older. Prince Charles, who has always been vocal about the importance of protecting the environment, said that his to love and care for the environment has only grown deeper with time, and that hopes he can pass it on to his first grandchild. “As I get older, all I really long for is to plant trees. I hope it will be quite amusing for George, as they grow up, and he grows up,” said Charles. He became a grandfather for the fourth time as Harry and Meghan Markle gave birth to Archie recently.
Prince Charles planted the trees in a garden at his own arboretum at his Scottish home of Birkhall. In the documentary, Charles pointed the camera crew towards the trees he had planted and said, “This is George’s wood.” Camilla, the second wife of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, comments on the trees in the documentary, "You can’t believe how much it’s grown. It was tiny when it was all planted. The next thing you know, you’re being dwarfed by it.”
To those who know Prince Charles and observed him over the years, it comes as no surprise that he has chosen to pass on his love for the environment to his grandchild. Prince Charles has been raising awareness of climate change and the importance of protecting the environment for years. Charles' younger son, Prince Harry, opened up on his father's commitment to protecting the environment.
“My father and others have been speaking about the environment for decades – not basing it on a fallacy or new-age hypothesis, but rooted in science and facts, and the sobering awareness of our environmental vulnerability,” said Harry while on tour in Sydney, according to People. “And while those speeches would sometimes fall on deaf ears, he and others were unrelenting in their commitment to preserving the most valuable resource we have – our planet.”
Prince Charles recently said it might be a little “too late” to save the planet from the looming environmental crisis. “We seem to have forgotten that everything in nature is interconnected, including ourselves," said Prince Charles, according to a report by The Daily Telegraph. "Unfortunately, the destruction is continuing at a rapid pace – chemicals of every description, artificial fertilizers and antibiotics are still being used in all kinds of ways, all of them entering the rivers and going out to sea where they’re causing untold damage to the marine environment, often without people knowing it.”
The planet needs more people who care deeply about the environment, to revert the environmental crisis facing mankind. With a thoughtful gift to his grandchild, Prince Charles will be hoping Prince George grows to care for the environment and inspire those around him as well.