Much of the world is focused on the Duchess of Cambridge's growing baby bump, but the proud grandpapa-to-be is focusing on the world the baby will grow up in.
Prince Charles said he does not want to leave "an increasingly dysfunctional" environment to his first grandchild. Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton, are expecting his first grandchild come this summer.
When congratulating on the impending arrival of his first grandchild, a self-deprecating Prince of Wales laughed and said, "I'm feeling very old."
Charles has become the longest serving heir apparent in British history.
Green and environmental issues are a passion for Charles, and he indicated that has only grown since learning about the pregnancy. Charles made his comments to the British television program, ITV1's This Morning.
"I've gone on for years about the importance of thinking about the long term in relation to the environmental damage, climate change and everything else," Charles said. "We don't, in a sensible world want to hand on an increasingly dysfunctional world to our grandchildren, to leave with them the real problem."
He said he is worried about his first grandchild's future.
"I don't want to be confronted by my future grandchild and (have) them say, 'Why didn't you do something?' So clearly now that we will have a grandchild, it makes it even more obvious to try and make sure we leave them something that isn't a total poisoned chalice," he said.
He spoke with pride about his youngest son, Prince Harry, who has been fighting for the British for several months in Afghanistan.
"Certainly, every night I worry. But he loves doing what he's doing and he's brilliant at it," Charles said.
He said he understands the fears of families with loved ones fighting in war zones.
"If you are a parent or relation to a loved one and that person is away in these incredibly dangerous and challenging circumstances, I know you worry all the time," he said. "I constantly meet the families of those who have lost their sons, husbands, brothers or sisters."
To watch video of the interview by the Prince of Wales, click here and here.
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Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:14:19 GMT
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