Prince Charles Has a Specific Fear for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby

New babies can certainly stir up a range of emotions in family members, but not all feelings are necessarily positive. And the royal family, despite the shiny front they put on in public, is in fact human — which means some of them are bound to have mixed feelings where babies are concerned. 

Prince Charles proved that point when he got a little more personal than normal and brought up Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s future child while giving a speech in Ghana — but it wasn’t out of joy.

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He referenced Baby Sussex while talking about something that actually really freaks him out: 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.”

Environmental fears have long factored into how Charles parents his own kids, Prince William and Prince Harry, so evidently that’s extending to his grandkids too. In a new BBC documentary airing this month called Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70, William said Charles would take his boys “litter picking” on the side of roads, where they’d clean up garbage during family holidays.

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“He took us litter picking when we were younger, on holiday. We were in Norfolk on school holidays and we went out litter picking with him,” William revealed, according to The Telegraph. “We thought this is perfectly normal, everyone must do it. We were there with our spikes stabbing the rubbish into black plastic bags.”

Normal in general? Maybe not. Normal for them? Apparently yes. Part of what Charles is advocating for is a change in how products are recycled, primarily so that less plastic is dumped into oceans, but he’d also like to fight deforestation. Last week, Charles referenced Prince George while talking about the importance of planting trees.

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“As I get older, all I really long for is to plant trees,” Charles said. “I hope it will be quite amusing for George, as they grow up, and he grows up.”

Clearly matters of family and matters of the environment are linked in his mind. No wonder Baby Sussex got added to the mix.

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