Prince Charles Wants a Better Environment for His Grandchild

Prince Charles (foreground), with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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updated 01/07/2013 AT 7:00 AM ET

originally published 01/07/2013 AT 7:40 AM ET

With his son and daughter-in-law the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expecting a baby in early summer, grandfather-to-be Prince Charles says he’s determined to be greener than ever – and deliver his future descendant a healthier world, not “a poison chalice.”

Long a champion of environment causes, the heir to the throne, 64, told ITV s This Morning show on Monday: “I’ve gone on for years about the importance of thinking about the long term in relation to environmental damage, climate change and everything else. We don’t, in a sensible world, want to hand on an increasingly dysfunctional world to our grandchildren, to leave them with the real problem.”

Saying “I don t want to be confronted by my future grandchild and have them say, ‘Why didn t you do something?’ ” Charles went on to state, “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.”

Charles – recently named among the U.K.’s best-dressed gents – also spoke of his concern for son Prince Harry, 27, currently serving in Afghanistan.

“If you are a parent or relation to a loved one and that person is away in incredibly dangerous and challenging circumstances, I know you worry all the time,” he said. “Certainly every night I worry. But he loves what he is doing and he’s brilliant at it.”

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