Prince William is not gaining any points from the people of Africa after making remarks linking the people of the continent with pressure on wildlife.
At the Tusk Conservation Awards in London earlier this week, William said the pressure on Africa’s “wildlife and wildlife as a result of human population” poses a “huge challenge for nature conservation people, as it does worldwide,” Al Jazeera reported.
“But it is imperative that the natural world be protected not only for its contribution to our economies, jobs and livelihoods, but for the health, well-being and future of humanity,” he said.
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The Duke of Cambridge, a father of three, did not specifically mention population growth, Newsweek reports, but his comments have been condemned on Twitter, with many accusing him of racism, hypocrisy and privileges.
One person warned the prince to stay in his lane and tweeted that William “has no moral authority to say anything about Africa or about Africans and their lives.”
“It would be useful if Prince William were aware of the story. By far the greatest loss of wildlife in Africa took place in the early 1900s, when Europeans arrived with weapons and hunted across the continent. Blaming African civilians is to completely misunderstand African history, ”tweeted another user.
British journalist Nadine Batchelor-Hunter revived a 2017 tweet pointing out that Africa’s population density is much lower than Asia and Europe, while also slipping into a remark about Williams’ decision to add three more members to the world’s population.
Others pointed out the prince’s expensive habits, especially when it comes to travel.
“I have not yet heard Prince William talk about how much his own family has contributed to the current climate catastrophe. How much CO2 they emit from their palaces and private jets and helicopters that they use as Ubers. For all the children they have , and the energy they consume, ” another tweeted.
This is not the first time the Duke has come under fire for this type of remarks. In 2017, he was quickly condemned after saying that Africa’s “rapidly growing human population” put its wildlife and habitats under “enormous pressure.”
The latest criticism comes in the same week as a new documentary examining the British royal family was released by the BBC, prompting the family to issue a statement expressing their disappointment with the film’s subject.
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The three royal households – Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Clarence House – called the two-part series “disappointing” and criticized the BBC for giving “credibility” to the idea that other members of the royal family were leaking harmful information about the Duke and Duchess. of Sussex to the press over the years.
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