Prince Charles urges World leaders to ‘put aside differences’ to save the planet

Prince Charles has told world leaders heading to COP26 that they need to put aside their differences "in order to rescue this planet".

On the eve of the vital UN climate change summit, which is being hosted by the UK government in Glasgow, The Prince of Wales told young climate activists that he understood their "frustration" surrounding inaction on global warming.

Following the shock news that the Queen has pulled out of appearing at the conference in-person as a health precaution, he is scheduled to give an opening address to gathered heads of state from around the world.

Other senior members of the Royal Family will also take part in events to support the summit throughout the week.

The Prince of Wales said: "By working together we can actually address our global issues and never more important than now, when it seems to me we need to bury our differences in order to rescue this planet and everything it means, this miraculous planet, for the future of generations to come.

"As I said recently, I totally understand the frustration and despair of so many young people that these issues are taking too long to be properly addressed so we hope at Cop26 there will be progress."

Charles added: "As world leaders prepare to head to Glasgow next week, where we will be looking for them to take genuine steps to address climate change and bio-diversity loss, it is particularly gratifying I think to see that the British Council is pursuing programmes like the climate connection which encourages innovative climate action."

His comments echo those of his mother the Queen, who was caught sharing her disdain for leading world politicians in a 'hot mic' moment recently.

A left-on microphone overheard Her Majesty saying at the opening of the Welsh parliament two weeks ago that the poor attendance predicted from some quarters for the upcoming COP26 event was "irritating".

In the private conversation, which was accidentally broadcast over a livestream, she also aimed her fire at those on the world stage who "talk but don't do" when it comes to the fight against climate change.

It comes after Her Majesty pulled out of the COP26 conference following a recent health scare where she spent a night in hospital.

The Queen was advised by her doctors to rest, and Buckingham Palace announced the monarch would not be attending the event next week.

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