During the official royal tour, which took place last October, William told the documentary: “This is a huge environmental and humanitarian disaster.
“And yet, we still don’t seem to pick up the pace and figure it out fast enough.
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“And I think the kids really get it.
“And the younger generation really wants more and more people to do things and want more action.
“And we have to pick up the pace.
“We need to get the upper hand and we need to be more vocal and more educational about what’s going on.”
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The Duke is also filmed during his September 2018 visit to Tanzania, where he is seen feeding a carrot to a rhino called Deborah.
Speaking of the animal, he said, “People might see them and think it’s a big tank, a big animal carcass, with a big horn, but they are incredibly vulnerable.
“They have brilliant eyesight and people will take advantage of it and they want this horn, which is effectively a fingernail, and that’s all it is, it’s a fingernail.
“This is where the horn belongs, on a living rhino and this is where it should stay.” ”
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Prince William then proceeds to a heavily guarded secure ivory store, where 43,000 tusks with a market value of £ 50million were seized.
The Duke, who is visibly moved by the sight, says: “It’s a mind-boggling number of tusks, it really is. You cannot understand. ”
In the film, the Duke pays a moving tribute to his father, the Prince of Wales, and his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, for their work in favor of the natural world.
He said: “My grandfather, my father has been working in the environmental field for many years.
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“My grandfather is way ahead of his time. My father, ahead of his time.
“And I really want to make sure that in 20 years George won’t turn around and say, ‘Are you ahead of your time?’ Because if he does, we are too late. ”
Sir David Attenborough, nature historian and documentary maker, is also featured in the film.
The veteran broadcaster, 93, is shown with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when Kate names a new British polar research vessel after the naturalist.
Prince William visits heavily guarded secure ivory store
In the documentary, William tells Sir David: “Every generation, you know, after yours, David, has grown up listening and seeing everything you have shown them. And, hopefully, each generation is listening a little more. ”
At the end of the program, William says he thinks 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic have given people a chance to “take stock” of what’s important.
He says: “I was really encouraged by what I heard from other people and how they decided to enjoy nature, to experience it and to see all the things that they would not have. never thought I could do.
“Someone has to put their head over the parapet and say, I care about this.” Believe that if we all work together, we can make a difference. ”
Prince William: A Planet For Us All premieres on ITV at 9 p.m. on Monday, October 5.