Prince of Pickers: Dad was a litter fiend, say Wills and Harry
The princes reveal how they got teased after their father used to take them on litter-picking holidays
As members of one of the most privileged families on Earth, the Prince of Wales could have taken his sons virtually anywhere on their family holidays.
Instead, the dukes of Cambridge and Sussex have disclosed, he taught them how to have a good time in outings to the Norfolk countryside, picking litter.
The brothers have told how their father took them out to pick up rubbish, equipping them with poles and black bin bangs to instill their love of the environment.
The Duke of Sussex said the habit was so ingrained that he endured teasing at school for picking up stray litter when out with friends.
In a television interview in honour of the Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday, William and Harry spoke affectionately about their father, highlighting how he was ahead of his time in making speeches about the perils of plastic on the environment.
“He’s done an amazing job,” said Harry. “Without telling us what we should be doing or the direction we should go in, he’s just let us learn from the nature of the job, learn from him, learn from mummy.
“To the point where I used to get taken the mickey out of at school for picking up rubbish. I didn’t go out consciously looking for it but when you go for walks anywhere and you see something and it stands out, you pick it up.
“And before you know it someone is like: ‘What are you doing? Where are you going to put that?’ It’s like wow, I’ve literally done this because I’m programmed to do it because my father did it. We should all be doing it.”
William added: “He took us litter picking when we were younger, on holiday. We were in Norfolk on school holidays and we went out litter picking with him.
“We thought this is perfectly normal, everyone must do it. We were there with our spikes stabbing the rubbish into black plastic bags.”
On the topic of speaking out about the environment and climate change while flying around the world by polluting plane, William added: “He does live the way that he advocates. Until someone comes up with an electric plane, it’s impossible to get around the world without using a plane that’s there.
“He did take the criticism to heart quite a lot when he was younger.”
– © The Daily Telegraph