Royal Family: The rare wild animal Prince Charles bizarrely has running round his home and Prince William is a big fan
Heir to the throne, Prince Charles, has long been known for his passion for the environment and nature. His dedication to these causes goes far beyond mere lip service, and it is reported that he takes many steps in his personal life to live in a more sustainable way.
In fact, Clarence House even claims that “around half” of the Prince of Wales’ office and domestic energy use “comes from renewable sources such as woodchip boilers, air-source heat pumps, solar panels and ‘green’ electricity.” Last year, Charles even told the BBC his old Aston Martin, which he’s had for 51 years, runs on “surplus English white wine, and whey from the cheese process.”
Charles is just as good with animals. The future king is known to be a keen lover of dogs and horses, much like others in the Royal Family, and he has been pictured with different kinds of wild animals too, including koalas, lizards, penguins, camels and even a bald eagle.
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In some cases, some might even say his love for animals goes a little too far. So much does Charles love wildlife that he even invites it into his estate in Scotland.
In 2018, Prince William revealed to County Life magazine that his father, who is also the patron of the Red Squirrel Survival Trust, allows the little critters to run around his home. William said: “He is completely infatuated by the red squirrels that live around the estate in Scotland—to the extent that he’s given them names and is allowing them into the house.
“They come into the house at Birkhall and we get them chasing each other round and round inside. If I sit quietly, they will do so around me. Sometimes, when I leave my jackets on a chair with nuts in the pockets, I see them with their tails sticking out, as they hunt for nuts—they are incredibly special creatures.”
William also spoke of his admiration of his father’s focus on the environment and said his ‘unwavering commitment to rural issues and the countryside’ has been a big inspiration to him. He described it as something he is ‘keen to emulate and teach’ his own children.
William said: “No one understands farmers and the issues they face better than my father. His passion for the environment and the natural world is something I want to repeat in the way I raise George, Charlotte and Louis.”
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