Prince Charles says it is ‘too difficult’ for him to join Greta Thunberg on climate march

The Prince of Wales has said it is too "difficult" for him to personally join Greta Thunberg’s climate change march, as he begs Cop26 negotiators to listen to young protestors.

In his most direct and emotive plea to date, the Prince told a gathering of chief negotiators attending the UN climate change summit that they must not forget "these people out there" and their futures.

School students led by Ms Thunberg will march through Glasgow on Friday in a new strike to protest what they consider a lack of action from world leaders.

The Prince has previously met Ms Thunberg and has expressed sympathy with the frustration of activists including Extinction Rebellion, while criticising their more obstructive approaches.

Greta Thunberg joins Cop26 protesters in Glasgow

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Hosting Cop26 chief negotiators at Kelvingrove in Glasgow on Thursday night, the Prince said: "One of the things that motivated me more than anything else is that I didn’t want to be accused by my grandchildren or children of not doing the things that needed doing at the time.

"I managed to keep a bit ahead of them, but I wondered how long it would take.

"There is a lot of anger and frustration out there. There’s a big march tomorrow [Friday], which some people have said I should join, but that’s more difficult.

"The point is, please don’t forget these people out there, don’t forget that it is their future, I promise you, that you hold in your hands."

He added: "So when you get exhausted, please remember that they’re expecting all of you to bury your differences, however many you may have, to achieve the common purpose, which is of such utterly critical importance."

Prince Charles acknowledged that there is 'a lot of anger and frustration out there'

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Some activists dressed up as world leaders around a buffet table during the protest

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The Prince, who is spending the week at Cop26 and last weekend delivered an address to the G20 about the need to incorporate the private sector into fighting climate change, said he has now spoken to people in immediate danger.

"I’ve met people from all over the world in the last week and elsewhere when I go around the Commonwealth, so many people are in a dire situation of such vulnerability with more and more people wanting to move as climate migrants, because they are now finding such scarce resources, such as drought," he said.

"Unless we respond to their cries for help, we will end up in a very, very difficult situation indeed with conflict and ever scarcer resources.

"I remember speaking about this over 30 years ago in a lecture at Cambridge to the then Global Security unit, but nobody paid the slightest attention.

"I am begging you this time to pay attention to these people, because they matter."

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