Princes William and Harry recall royal tour - litter-picking in Norfolk

Lawrence Kim
November 8, 2018

Prince Harry and Prince William may be in line to the throne but they did a very un-royal task while on holiday when they were young.

Harry and William were handed steel spikes and black plastic bags and encouraged to pick up other people's litter.

'We're there with our spikes stabbing the rubbish into black plastic bags, ' Prince William tells a BBC documentary to mark Charles's forthcoming 70th birthday.

"That's incredible, look how young he is", Prince Harry whispered.Harry then praised his father for doing "an wonderful job" and guiding them "without telling us what we should be doing"."I used to get taken the mickey out of at school for just picking up rubbish", he says, warming to the litter-picking theme."I didn't go out consciously looking for it". Harry echoed William's statement, noting how their dad "programmed" them to pick up litter.

"Both of us thought, 'This is perfectly normal, everyone must do it, '" he said.

But it seems it wasn't all plain sailing for Prince Harry, who has revealed that he used to be teased in school over something we actually love about him.

"I used to get taken the mickey out of at school for just picking up rubbish", Harry said.

Prince William also opens up about the backlash his father has dealt with for his passion for the environment, which, in some cases, has seen him ridiculed for "talking to plants".

Of this, his son William said, "Until someone comes up with an electric plane, it's impossible to get around the world without using a plane that's there".

Charles is an organic farmer and an advocate for climate protection and threatened species.

"He did take to heart the criticism quite a lot when he was younger".

William and Harry recall the memory in a Prince, Son and Heir: Charles At 70 will be broadcast on Thursday at 9pm on BBC One.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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