"I'm intrigued to see if it lasts," Charles told Sky News in a new interview

By Simon Perry
Updated November 23, 2015 10:35 AM
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Like grandfather, like grandson!

Prince George is following in the Wellington-booted footsteps of his avid outdoorsman grandfather, Prince Charles, the elder royal revealed in a new interview.

Two-year-old George is “one of those characters who naturally, instinctively likes to be outside,” Charles told Sky News on Monday.

“It’s very interesting. I’m intrigued to see if it lasts. He loves being outside, which is encouraging,” said Charles, 67. “Like all these things, it depends if you can get them to take an interest.”

The future king and keen conservationist is clearly playing a role in cultivating a love of nature in the younger generation of royals. He plays with his grandchildren at the fairytale gardens at Highgrove House and has spent time planting trees with George.

When it comes to encouraging a love of the outdoors, “half of it comes from explaining the minutiae of life and getting people to look carefully at something, even watching a bird or observing carefully a flower or how a building sits in the environment and the landscape,” said Charles. “All these things are part of the intricate detail and pattern of life which we can’t exist without.”

The royal made the comments as he prepares to take part in the United Nations climate change conference, COP21, in Paris next week. In the interview, Charles makes a link between the growing scarcity of natural resources and the civil war and refugee crisis in Syria. He made the comments before the terrorist attacks in Paris 10 days ago.

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“We’re seeing a classic case of not dealing with the problem because, it sounds awful to say, but some of us were saying 20- something years ago that if we didn’t tackle these issues you would see ever greater conflict over scarce resources and ever greater difficulties over drought, and the accumulating effect of climate change, which means that people have to move,” he said.

“And there’s very good evidence indeed that one of the major reasons for this horror in Syria, funnily enough, was a drought that lasted for about five or six years, which meant that huge numbers of people in the end had to leave the land.”

He adds that he believes the U.S. government and Pentagon are now beginning to recognize the link between climate change and the environment and conflict.