Prince Charles has revealed how he named the autumn garden at his Balmoral home after his first grandchild Prince George.
The future king, 72, revealed the sweet gesture as he spoke to the BBC in a wide-ranging interview about the environment where he shared his Aston Martin is powered by cheese and wine and expressed his sympathies for for Greta Thunberg and groups like Extinction Rebellion and Insulate Britain.
Speaking from Prince George’s Wood on the Scottish estate, the Prince of Wales revealed he built the arboretum and planted trees the year his first grandson was born and so named it in his honour.
‘This was a rather empty field of the farm didn’t need it,’ Charles explained.
‘The great thing was I managed to plant it the same year that my grandson and eldest was born, so I named it Prince George’s wood’.
Prince Charles has revealed how he named the autumn garden at his Balmoral home after his first grandchild Prince George. He is pictured in the Prince George garden in his interview for the BBC
Prince George, eight, is the third in line to the throne and the son of Charles’ first-born Prince William, 39. He has five grandchildren in total, including Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, from William and Archie, two, and Lilibet, four months, from Prince Harry.
Climate editor Justin Rowlatt replied to Charles ‘All of our grandchildren if we’re lucky enough to have them, will inherit the earth that we bequeath them.’
‘How worried are you about the state of that inheritance?’
Charles replied: ‘Deeply worried.
‘I’ve always felt that we are somehow trained to believe that nature is a separate thing from us that we can just exploit.’
Charles also said he understands the frustrations of young people and climate activists because they feel like ‘nobody listens’.
Speaking from Prince George’s Wood on the Scottish estate, the Prince of Wales (front left) revealed he built the arboretum and planted trees the year his first grandson (front left, on his lap) was born and so named it in his honour. Prince George, eight, is the third in line to the throne and the son of Charles’ first-born Prince William (back centre), 39. He has five grandchildren in total, including Princess Charlotte (front right), six, and Prince Louis (back left being held by mother Kate Middleton), three, from William and Archie, two, and Lilibet, four months, from Prince Harry (back right with Meghan Markle)
Recalling his own encounter with his Extinction Rebellion, the royal recalled how the group staged a sit-in at his Highgrove estate before leaving a letter praising him for his past comments on the climate.
He also revealed how he doesn’t eat meat and fish on two days a week and dairy on one day.
Most remarkably, he explained how he had his Aston Martin converted so it runs on surplus English wine and whey from cheese production.
The car, which he has had for 51 years, now runs on a fuel called E85 – made up of 85 per cent bioethanol and 15 per cent unleaded petrol.
Describing his diet, he added: ‘That’s one way to do it. If more people did that it would reduce a lot of the pressure on the environment.’
Speaking about Greta Thunberg and other climate activists, Charles said: ‘All these young people feel nothing is ever happening so of course they’re going to get frustrated. I totally understand because nobody would listen and they see their future being totally destroyed.’
Discussing recent protests, he also added: ‘I understand why they go out but it isn’t helpful to do it in a way that alienates people.
‘I totally understand the frustration. The difficulty is how do you direct that frustration in a way that is more constructive than destructive.’
Charles, a long-standing environmental campaigner, said it had taken ‘far too long’ for the world to take the climate crisis seriously.
He added: ‘The point is, people should really notice how despairing so many young are.’
The Prince of Wales even took aim at electric cars in his interview, warning that they are too expensive and sharing his worries about materials for their batteries.
He said: ‘At the moment there is a huge amount of waste which is really worrying.’