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Prince William shares his top tip for getting royal kids to go to bed

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·2-min read

WATCH: William hopes Earthshot Prize will drive ‘decade of change’

Bedtime can be a difficult time for parents.

Persuading children to go to bed is no easy feat, and it turns out being a royal doesn’t change that.

Prince William revealed he uses documentaries by Sir David Attenborough to corral his three kids and convince them it will be time to go to sleep soon.

Speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme, he said his children were jealous about all the time he has spent with Sir David, particularly as he prepared to launch the Earthshot Prize.

He said: “Last night we started watching one of David’s newest documentaries, and it’s amazing, at bedtime, when I can corral the children, I just shout ‘we’re going to watch one of David’s documentaries’ and they come herding in.

“It’s the easiest way to catch my children and get them ready for bedtime.”

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The interview, which was pre-recorded at Kensington Palace, marked the launch of the Nobel-style Earthshot prize, which the Duke of Cambridge has been working on for two years.

The prize will award £50 million over the course of 10 years to projects which help solve key global problems.

Sir David Attenborough has helped Prince William put the prize together. (Royal Foundation)
Sir David Attenborough has helped Prince William put the prize together. (Royal Foundation)

While his children are big fans of Sir David, and recently joined in asking the TV veteran questions about animals, William admitted one of the documentaries had upset Prince George.

The seven-year-old told his dad: “I don’t want to watch this any more”.

William explained: “The most recent one – the extinction one – actually George and I had to turn it off, we got so sad about it halfway through. He said to me ‘you know I don’t want to watch this any more’.

“Why has it come to this and you know he’s seven years old and he’s asking me these questions already, he really feels it, and I think every seven-year-old out there can relate to that.”

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Prince George asked Sir David which animal he thought might become extinct next in a video released by Kensington Palace last week.

Sir David recalled a story in which warning the world about the declining numbers of mountain gorillas led to action to save them and said he hoped no other animal would go into extinction.

WATCH: William launches Nobel-style Earthshot prize