Prince William reached an important milestone Tuesday when he gave his first official speech as Prince Of Wales. However, just like so many others, the prince’s dearly departed grandmother was on his mind. Here’s how the queen’s legacy is guiding the prince in his new role.
Prince William Attends United For Wildlife Global Summit
William, Prince of Wales continues to support causes close to his heart. The prince made his first public speech as a new position and supported teams working to stop poaching and preserve wildlife. The prince spoke at an event for United for Wildlife. This organization was founded by Prince William in 2014 as part of the Royal Foundation.
William spoke at the event about illegal wildlife trade, which is estimated to be worth as high as $20 billion. United for Wildlife hopes to shed some light on this issue. “sinister” operations. “While we do not have the luxury of time, clearly we do have a proven roadmap to success and the motivation to put it into action,” The prince explained.
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“I hope you all leave here today energized and motivated to intensify this work. Because there are still too many criminals who believe they can act with impunity, too many lives being destroyed, and too many species on the brink of extinction due to this heinous crime.”
Prince William Gets Inspiration from His Family
William paid subtle tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, despite the passion of his cause. He noted that his family members—both departed and still with us—share his deep concern for wildlife. “Our natural world is one of our greatest assets,”The Prince of Wales stated. “It is a lesson I learned from a young age, from my father and grandfather, both committed naturalists in their own right, and also from my much-missed grandmother, who cared so much for the natural world.”
Even acknowledging that these important causes helped him through his grief, “In times of loss, it is a comfort to honor those we miss through the work we do. I take great comfort then from the progress we are making to end the illegal wildlife trade,”He concluded.
It’s clear that, although the queen is gone, she is still guiding her grandson as he fulfills his new, prominent public role. Just as both Queen Elizabeth and King Charles have made sure to prioritize their charity work, it’s clear William will have no trouble keeping his focus on what matters, even in times of strife.