‘Horrible boy’ Prince William left Bob Geldof upset with ‘scruffy hair’ remark at palace
Prince William told to do more in climate change battle by expert
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Bob Geldof, 70, met the future heir as a young boy at Kensington Palace and he called the philanthropist “dirty” with “scruffy hair”. According to Robert Lacey’s Battle of Brothers biography, the Queen felt that a young Prince William at the time was “getting a little bit out of control”.
The royal author wrote: “The dishevelled rock star and human rights activist Bob Geldof did not mince his words when confronted by the young prince’s rudeness at Kensington Palace in the summer of 1985.”
Robert said that Bob had come to chat with Charles about the forth-coming Live Aid concert at Wembley, and a three-year-old William was annoyed he didn’t have his father’s full attention.
Robert claimed that William asked his dad why he had to chat to Bob, and Charles replied that they had work to do.
The royal biographer then claims William said of the singer “he’s all dirty”, to which Bob replied: “Shut up, you horrible little boy.”
William wasn’t put off by the rude remark, and continued: “He’s got scruffy hair and wet shoes.”
Robert wrote that Bob was keen for the final word and said that William’s hair was also messy, but the young prince said that it wasn’t due to his mother not brushing it.
William and Bob have likely met since that mortifying childhood encounter, as the Irish philanthropist is said to be still friendly with Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
Meanwhile, Prince Charles has recently shared a sweet photo with his eldest son, William, alongside a personal tribute to him in an open letter.
The Prince of Wales took to social media to share a snap of him and Prince William smiling, with their arms around one another.
The touching photograph was accompanied by a heartfelt message in which Prince Charles expressed his pride in his son, in regards to his recent environmental awards.
The post was shared ahead of the very first Earthshot Prize ceremony which has been championed and hosted by Prince William.
The first annual awards were presented to five winners last night to innovative projects which are tackling climate change in some way around the globe.
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In the official open letter to Prince William, Prince Charles wrote, “I am very proud of my son, William, for his growing commitment to the environment and the bold ambition of the Earthshot Prize.”
A keen environmentalist himself, the Prince of Wales added: ” As a world, we need to come together to inspire, reimagine and build the sustainable future we so desperately need.
“Over the coming decade, with future generations in mind, the Earthshot Prize, and its inspirational nominees, will help us find the innovative solutions.
“In parallel, through my Terra Carta and Sustainable Markets Initiative, we will work to mobilise the trillions of dollars required to transition the global economy onto a more sustainable trajectory.
“Together, with all those who join us, we have a real opportunity to deliver a brighter future for humanity while restoring harmony between Nature, People and Planet.”
Following the letter officially signed by His Royal Highness, the post explained that the Earthshot prize means that five projects would receive £1 million in prize money.
The event took place at London’s Alexandra Palace in a star-studded ceremony which was broadcast live.
Both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the event along with famous guests included David Attenborough, Emma Thompson and Ed Sheeran.
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