Prince William turned off Sir David Attenborough documentary after it ‘upset’ Prince George: ‘I don’t want to watch this anymore’


Prince William revealed he had to turn off Sir David Attenborough’s latest documentary (Picture: Getty)

Prince William had to turn Sir David Attenborough’s latest documentary, Extinction: The Facts, off after son Prince George became too upset.

The historian’s show – which aired on BBC One last month – explored biodiversity and the consequences for the public, and included footage of monkeys and koalas attempting to escape huge blazes.

Other scenes showed corpses of whales rotting on the shore, while viewers were shown images of the last two white rhinos remaining on the planet.

Fans were left terrified and devastated by the instalment, and it seems Prince George, 7, was among them.

Speaking as he launched the Earthshot Prize, the Duke of Cambridge said: ‘Having watched so many David Attenborough documentaries recently with my children, they absolutely loved them. 

‘The most recent one, the extinction one, actually George and I had to turn it off, we got so sad about it halfway through. And he said to me, “I don’t want to watch this anymore. Why is it come to this?”

Prince George was left devastated over Sir David’s documentary (Picture: PA)

‘He’s seven years old and he’s asking me these questions, he really feels it, and I think every seven year old out there can relate to that. 

‘So I really feel, from an emotional point of view as well, I think every parent… Everyone wants to do the best for their children and I think we have to have a decade of change. 

‘A decade of repairing the planet so that we can hand it on to the next generation, and future generations. And sustain the prosperity in for their lives too.’

Prince William has unveiled the Earthshot Prize, awarding environmental trailblazers a £1million jackpot to celebrate their work tackling issues that affect the planet.

Sir David recently joined the Royal family for a private viewing of his latest documentary, A Life On Our Planet.

And Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte were among those submitting wildlife questions for the 94-year-old in a video series.

‘Hello, David Attenborough! Which animal do you think will become extinct next?,’ Prince George queried.

To which he replied: ‘Well let’s hope there won’t be any, because there are lots of things we can do when animals are in danger of extinction.

‘We can protect them.’

Princess Charlotte, 5, asked: ‘Hello David Attenborough! I like spiders, do you like spiders too?’ 

Sir David insisted that they are ‘wonderful things’, encouraging her to carry out her own natural investigations by observing one spinning its web. 

While an excitable Prince Louis, two, questioned: ‘What animal do you like?’

The noted explorer added that monkeys were his favourite all-round creature due to their entertaining nature, but that if he had to pick a house pet he would opt for a puppy.

Extinction: The Facts is available to watch on BBC iPlayer now.

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