Barefoot Prince Harry Warns About Climate Change At Secretive Star-Studded Summit
The Duke of Sussex gave an impassioned speech on the environment to an elite audience of business leaders and celebrities gathered at Google’s top-secret annual retreat in Sicily.
Prince Harry is understood to have insisted climate change is a humanitarian issue, not a political one as he gave the address – while reportedly barefoot.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Naomi Campbell are understood to have been among the crowd of VIPs and power-brokers at the summer conference dubbed ‘Davos-on-Sea’ with Katy Perry, Harry Styles, Karlie Kloss, and Bradley Cooper also said to have been on the confidential guest list.
Chris Martin gave a performance at night amid the brightly-lit ruins.
The Prince believes the way mankind is living is having a devastating impact on the world, and humanity has been “far too slow” in waking up to the issue.
He is determined to lend his star power to raise awareness of the cause, and his speech to global game-changers came just a day after he revealed that he and his wife Meghan have decided to restrict their family to two children.
In an interview in the September issue of Vogue, guest-edited by the Duchess, he also spoke about the “terrifying” effects of climate change, saying: “What we need to remind everybody is: these are things that are happening now. We are already living in it… Which is terrifying.”
Tech giant Google’s seventh annual gathering, in a luxury resort on the island’s south-west coast, has attracted controversy in Italy amid accusations more than 110 private jets were used to ferry in some attendees, while others arrived in superyachts.
Supermodel Campbell reportedly gave a powerful speech about the late South African President Nelson Mandela, and human rights, politics, and online privacy are also on the agenda.
Technology and media magnates networking over the three-day camp included Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Wilmot Reed Hastings Jr, co-founder of Netflix.
Kensington Palace made no comment about Harry’s speech or his attendance. It is not known how he traveled to the conference.
Prince Harry has praised his father in the past for his work on the environment and trying to influence people to act now to save the planet.
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