Royal Corner

Prince William to Attend First-Ever free TED Conference

The Duke of Cambridge will speak at the Countdown event alongside a plethora of famous faces.

SEPTEMBER 14th, 2020

Prince William feeds a baby Elephant in India - © Getty Images


he Duke of Cambridge will make his debut at the first ever TED Conference on October 10. The event called Countdown, will be entirely devoted to the conversation around climate change and will be open to the public for free.

William, who is an avid campaigner for protecting the environment, will be joined by a cacophony of stars, including Al Gore, Jaden Smith, Chris Hemsworth, Yemi Alade, Don Cheadle, and Mark Ruffalo, among others yet to be announced.

The Duke interviews Sir David Attenborough at the World Economic Forum in 2019 - © The Sun

Chris Anderson, the Countdown founding partner and Head of TED, said in a statement: “The moment to act on climate change has been upon us for too long and now is the time to unite all levels of society – business leaders, courageous political actors, scientists and individuals – to get to net-zero emissions before 2050.”

On the Duke’s participation in the event, TED stated: “We are honoured to have the Duke of Cambridge take part in our Countdown event. His work on conservation is notable and long-standing and we are beyond excited to have a future-king share in our message on combatting climate change and preserving the natural world we all love.”

Whilst this may be William’s first talk at a TED event, the Duke previously interviewed Sir David Attenborough in 2019 at The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. Earlier this year the Duke also launched the Earth Shot Prize – an initiative dedicating a decade of work to repair the Earth.

The news of the Duke’s appearance comes after fans were given a sneak-peak into an upcoming documentary on ITV which will focus on William’s conservation work. The untitled programme promises to enlighten viewers on the royal’s work and personal connection to the natural world.

The Duke of Cambridge pictured at a glacier in the Hindu Kush mountain range, in the Khyber-Pakhtunkwa Province - © HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, 2020

ITV announced in a statement: “The Duke of Cambridge reveals that young people hold the key to a more positive future relationship with the environment, and that their determined drive to tackle climate change has made him an optimist.

“He explains how his mission to give nature a voice has felt even more personal since he became a father and that he wants to leave behind a better world for future generations. In areas it is a deeply moving and emotive documentary that showcases the Duke emotionally moved by both the devastation and commitment of those striving to keep our natural world alive.

“Working together to protect the planet, he believes that local communities have the power to protect and repair the natural world on which we all depend.”

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