In return for Prince William's first official interview since the birth of his son George, CNN and ITV have announced a one-hour special focused on the Duke of Cambridge's "passion for Africa and his dream to save the world’s most endangered species."
Titled "Prince William’s Passion: New Father, New Hope," the program will air in full on CNN on Sept. 15. According to The Daily Mail, the Duke of Cambridge gives an "animated" interview, discussing how becoming a father has changed him — and how he hopes his son Prince George will one day embrace the family's conservation work.
A spokeswoman for ITV added: "He explains the pivotal part that Africa has played in his life and reflects on continuing a royal legacy in the continent, building on his father's conservation work and Princess Diana's humanitarian campaigns."
One wildlife conservation charity that receives top billing during the interview is Tusk Trust, an organization that's heavily involved in Africa and whose logo can be clearly seen on the shirt worn by Prince William. The 31-year-old, a longtime patron of the organization, earlier this year addressed via video more than 2,000 delegates attending the 12-day CITES Conference (Convention on International Trade and Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) in Bangkok, Thailand.
“As we enter 2013, the world’s natural resources are under threat as never before,” he said. “We know from the data and analysis presented to this meeting that the illegal killing of the African elephant and rhino, and the related illegal trade in their ivory and horn, has reached shocking levels in the past few years.
“We must do more to combat this serious crime if we are to reverse the current alarming trends. If not, we could soon see some populations of these creatures, or even an entire species, disappear from the wild.”
Back in 2011, Prince William and Kate Middleton set up a wedding charity gift call that included support for organizations helping to save the endangered black rhino and greater one-horned rhino, Sumatran, Indian, and Amur tiger species, and the African forest elephant and Asian elephant. And let's not forget — Africa is also where William proposed to Kate during a rustic, off-grid retreat in 2010 in Mount Kenya National Park.
A source at the time said, “Short of being inside the SAS’s base at Hereford, this is the safest place in the world for William. It is the one place he can be himself. And he does not have to be guarded because the wildlife there are his guardians.”
“Prince William’s Passion: New Father, New Hope” premieres on CNN on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 10 p.m. EST
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