Prince Charles may be the heir to the British throne, but he's a grandfather at the end of the day, too. Like most grandparents, he worries about his grandkids. The 70-year-old royal already has three to look after, 5-year-old Prince George, 3-year-old Princess Charlotte, and baby Prince Louis, and is preparing to welcome a fourth the growing royal brood. Following the happy news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child, though, Prince Charles has revealed he has a pretty big fear about his grandkids' future.
During his recent visit to Ghana, Charles admitted he worries about how the next generation will be affected by pollution. "I am about to have another grandchild actually. I suspect quite a few of you may too have grandchildren or will do soon," he said, according to the Telegraph. "It does seem to me insanity if we are going to bequeath this completely polluted, damaged and destroyed world to them."
"All grandchildren deserve a better future," Charles continued. "A good start has been made. The matter of plastic debris in the environment, in particular the ocean, is now on the agenda," he said. "We do, however, need to keep it there as the amount of plastic entering the ocean every year is, unbelievably, set to get worse rather than better. We cannot, indeed must not, allow this situation to continue."
Despite his fears, though, Charles remains optimistic that we can continue to improve the situation. "A solution is achievable and simply has to be done for all our sakes – and, above all, for the long-term viability of all those species in the sea which are already suffering unbearably because of our actions."