Prince Charles Gives Speech on Environment in Rare Footage from 50 Years Ago Shared by the Royal Family

The official royal family Instagram account posted a throwback video of Prince Charles from 50 Years Ago.

The clip shows the Prince of Wales, then 21, making his first-ever landmark speech on the environment. The young prince can also be seen out in the field.

The caption reads, "50 years ago, The Prince of Wales gave his first major speech on the environment, warning of the dangerous effects of plastic pollution."

"In this video, The Prince reflects on why defending nature has been important to him for so many years," the caption added.

In February 1970, Charles had cautioned about the issues of plastic waste, chemicals being released into rivers, and air pollution.

The prince has worked to help develop solutions to the climate change crisis since his speech to the Countryside Steering Committee for Wales.

According to Good Housekeeping, Charles appears to be very happy nowadays, but his childhood was irked with high expectations, extraordinary dissatisfactions, and even some bullying.

Charles was born at Buckingham Palace in London on November 14, 1948. He is the first child of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

Charles tied the knot with Princess Diana in 1981. But their marriage was plagued with scandal from the start.

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward on November 18, 2007 in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward on November 18, 2007 in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images

On December 15, 1948, he was baptized in the palace's Music Room by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher.

As reported by Vanity Fair, Her Majesty breastfed Charles at first, until she came down with measles and needed to quit.

From then on, the Queen was frequently separated from her child for long periods because of trips abroad and her numerous royal obligations. 

Prince Charles and Princess Diana at home in Kensington Palace with their sons Prince William and Prince Harry. | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Charles and Princess Diana at home in Kensington Palace with their sons Prince William and Prince Harry. | Photo: Getty Images

Meanwhile, although Philip also struggled to find time with Charles, when he had personal time, Philip concentrated on teaching his son how to fish and hunt.

However, their time together wasn't constantly exciting. Charles was frequently "belittled" by his dad's "forceful" character, according to royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith.

The Sun reported that Charles allegedly struggled to make companions during his initial years at school. He usually wound up helpless before bullies, who mocked him for his "protruding ears" and called Charles "fatty."

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Earlier this week, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, @clarencehouse, visited the Bay of Islands and attended a formal welcome, called a Pōwhiri, at @waitangitreatygrounds. The Waitangi Treaty is regarded as New Zealand’s founding document, and enshrines the relationship between Māori and the Crown. Following the ceremony, Their Royal Highnesses looked around Waitangi Museum and met guests from the Maori community. Later, The Prince met young entrepreneurs who are developing environmentally sustainable start-ups through @princes_trust_nz’s Enterprise Programme, while The Duchess visited Kerikeri Primary School to meet children participating in the ‘Garden to Table’ programme. The initiative encourages children to grow their own vegetables in the garden and make recipes in the kitchen from the food they have grown. To end the day, The Prince visited the local fire station in Paihia, which was established in 1965. Fire and Emergency NZ relies on 11,000 volunteers to help keep communities safe. . 📸 Press Association / @clarencehouse

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Charles tied the knot with Princess Diana in 1981. But their marriage was plagued with scandal from the start. Charles's real love is Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, whom he first met in 1972.

Amid the marital troubles, Charles began to talk with Camilla in 1986 and rekindled their love affair. He and Diana divorced in 1996.

The following year, Diana died in a high-speed car crash in Paris along with her lover, Dodi Fayed. In 2005, Charles married Camilla in a civil ceremony.

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