The Duke of Cambridge told 17-year-old conservationist that his father, best known as Crocodile Hunter, would be “very proud of you.”
“Honestly, I was a big fan of your father [Steve Irwin] and I’m so sorry he’s not here, ”the 39-year-old told Robert while on a video conference clip obtained by People magazine.
“It’s no surprise that you’re also a fan of crocodiles. The family trait has continued into the next generation, I’m sure,” the royal added.
William continued, “He would be very proud of you Robert. And what you continued. Your passion is only the other for him.”
Steve died in 2006 at the age of 44 from a stingray injury to the heart. The TV icon was known for his deep love for animals and the environment.
Robert, his sister Bindi and his mother Terri have continued Steve’s legacy by expanding Australia Zoo and creating the foundation Wildlife Warriors which fights “to protect our wildlife and wildlife.”
“I’m really happy that I can hopefully inspire my generation and my younger Australians to turn on and start that spark of passion,” Robert said.
The Animal Planet star and the British prince were linked to their shared love of the environment and how people across the globe can work together to fight climate change. They talked about the Earthshot Award, a “new global award for the environment, designed to stimulate change and help repair our planet over the next ten years.”
Earthshot is supported by the Royal Foundation and Robert is an advocate. On Sunday, the prince will award a £ 1 million grant to innovators working to tackle climate change.
This week, William spoke out against the latest boost in space tourism, as companies like Blue Origin, Virgin and SpaceX have sent capsules into orbit.
“We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds determined to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live,” William told the BBC. “I think it was ultimately what sold it to me – it’s really quite crucial to focus on this. [planet] rather than giving up and going out into space to try to think of solutions for the future. “
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