Prince George was left feeling “confused and annoyed” with the idea of littering, his father, Prince William said.

The Duke of Cambridge made the comments as he spoke to BBC Newscast’s Adam Fleming in a sit-down interview about the current climate issues the world faces.

The future king said it would be a “disaster” if his eight-year-old son were to be sat down in 30 years’ time having the same conversation, because “by then we will be too late”.

He explained that recently George has been doing litter picking at school, the Daily Mail reports.

The father-of-three said: “I didn’t realise but talking to him the other day he was already showing that he was getting a bit confused and a bit sort of annoyed by the fact they went out litter picking one day and then the very next day they did the same route, same time and pretty much all the same litter they picked up back again.

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Prince William made the comments as he spoke to BBC Newscast’s Adam Fleming
Prince William made the comments as he spoke to BBC Newscast’s Adam Fleming

“And I think that for him he was trying to understand how and where it all came from. He couldn’t understand, he’s like, ‘Well, we cleaned this. Why has it not gone away?’”

He continued on to say that his father, Prince Charles, had “a really rough ride” but was “well ahead of the curve” on the environment.

He said: ‘It’s been a hard road for [my father]. My grandfather started off helping out WWF a long time ago with its nature work and biodiversity.

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“I think that my father’s sort of progressed that on and talked about climate change a lot more, very early on, before anyone else thought it was a topic.

“So yes, he’s had a really rough ride on that, and I think you know he’s been proven to being well ahead of the curve. Well beyond his time in warning about some of these dangers.

Prince William doesn't want his son having the same conversation in 30 years' time
Prince William doesn’t want his son having the same conversation in 30 years’ time

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‘But it shouldn’t be that there’s a third generation now coming along having to ramp it up even more.

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“And you know, for me, it would be an absolute disaster if George is sat here talking to you or your successor, Adam, you know in like 30 years’ time, whatever, still saying the same thing, because by then we will be too late.”

William also expressed his concerns about a rise in climate anxiety in young people.

He said: “We are seeing a rise in climate anxiety. You know, people, young people now are growing up where their futures are basically threatened the whole time. It’s very unnerving and it’s very, you know, anxiety making.”

In the same interview, the duke criticised the race to leave Earth and said we instead need the world’s greatest brains and minds “fixed on trying to repair this planet”, just hours after Star Trek star, William Shatner, became the oldest person in space on board Jezz Bezos’ Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket.

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