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Prince William’s Passion: New Father, New Hope
“I think the last few weeks for me have been just a very different emotional experience. Something I never thought I would feel myself. And I find, again it's only been a short period, but a lot of things affect me differently now.”
“They (the rhino and elephant) are incredibly vulnerable and I feel a huge amount of protection and a real protective instinct, more so now probably, now that I am a father, than I did do ever before.” The Duke Of Cambridge
In his first interview since the birth of Prince George, The Duke of Cambridge talks about fatherhood, the future and the importance of wildlife conservation work in this one-off documentary, Prince William’s Passion: New Father, New Hope.
The interview was undertaken at Kensington Palace for ITV by award-winning documentary-maker Jane Treays, during which Prince William shares his joy at becoming a father, talks about his hopes for his new family and his passion for wildlife conservation and Africa.
Recalling the moment he introduced his son to the world’s media outside St Mary’s Hospital, the Duke says: “I think I was on such a high anyway, and so was Catherine about George, that really we were happy to show him off to whoever wanted to see him. As any new parent knows, you're only too happy to show off your new child and, you know, proclaim that he is the best looking or the best everything.”
Of his new son, the Duke says: “He's a little bit of a rascal, put it that way. So he either reminds me of my brother or me when I was younger. I'm not sure. But he's doing very well at the moment. He's, he does like to keep having his nappy changed.”
“He's growing quite quickly actually. But he's a little fighter. He kind of, he wriggles around quite a lot. And he doesn't want to go to sleep that much, which is a little bit of a problem!”
As a patron of Tusk Trust, Prince William also talks about his love of Africa, his commitment to wildlife conservation and his hope that Prince George will one day share these passions:
“At this rate I'll probably whisper sweet nothings in his ear. I'll have toy elephants and rhinos around the room. We'll cover it in sort of, you know, lots of bushes and things like that. Make him grow up as if he's in the bush.”
He explains the pivotal part that Africa has played in his life and reflects on continuing a Royal legacy in the continent, building on his father's conservation work and Princess Diana's humanitarian campaigns.
The Duke of Cambridge’s first joint overseas trip with Harry was to Africa and he proposed to Kate on Mount Kenya.
The Duke watches footage of the poaching crisis in the continent and talks about his fears for the future of the elephant and rhino in Africa:
“It’s a terrifying and very sad statistic if that does happen (extinction). But it is not just for him (George), it is for all of the little Georges out there, all the children and grandchildren. As my father has said in the past before, it’s true, it’s that family connection that you want to pass on what you love and you enjoy to your children.”
“I hope people who watch this and watch the clips equally just spend a few minutes just really thinking about what they have seen and how they feel about it and if they feel there is anything they can do to help, then please do it.”
Tusk Trust is a UK charity that funds African conservation projects and as its patron, the Duke will be a guests of honour, alongside Duchess of Cambridge, at the inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards on September 12, to honour unsung heroes of wildlife conservation.
The Duke says of the nominees as he watches footage of them at work: “Those are the guys and girls that will inspire the next generation. Them, not me.”
The documentary includes coverage of the awards presentation by the Prince and exclusive footage of the Duke and Duchess as they meet the nominees at a private reception.
Prince William’s Passion: New Father, New Hope is a co-production between Spun Gold TV and CNN. The documentary will premiere on Sunday 15 September on ITV at 6pm and on CNN worldwide.