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Prince Charles opens climate change festival days after The Crown

The Prince of Wales praised the ‘unprecedented opportunity’ presented by the Covid-19 crisis when he gave the opening address at an online climate change festival.

Prince Charles, 71, appeared in a YouTube video for climate positive platform, Ecolog, to open the online Festival of Climate Action, It’s Time event.

The free festival, which will take place online today and tomorrow, features talks from more than 100 individuals committed to fighting climate change, including activists, artists, academics, brands and celebrities.

During his speech at the festival’s launch, Prince Charles urged companies to ‘rethink and re-align’ the way they operate, saying: “I’ve been a sustainability advocate for 40 years and I can tell you that this isn’t a fight for the faint of heart.’

Prince Charles’ appearance is his first since season four of The Crown, which covers Charles’s doomed marriage to Princess Diana, her eating disorders and his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, was released Sunday.

The Prince of Wales, 71, has praised the 'unprecedented opportunity' presented by the Covid-19 crisis as he urged companies to consider a green recovery during the opening speech at an online climate change festival

The Prince of Wales, 71, has praised the ‘unprecedented opportunity’ presented by the Covid-19 crisis as he urged companies to consider a green recovery during the opening speech at an online climate change festival

The Prince of Wales opened his speech by saying that he was ‘delighted’ to take part in the virtual gathering’, saying: ‘The current pandemic has wreaked havoc on people’s lives, livelihoods and national economies.

“At the same time, the green recovery offers an unprecedented opportunity to rethink and re-imagine the way we live and do business.”

Prince Charles went on to say that championing green business is ‘not a battle for the faint of heart’, adding: ‘With consumers estimated to control 60 percent of global GDP, people around the world have the power to drive sustainable markets. .’

He urged viewers to “drive action and encourage change,” before introducing a short film about his Great Reset project.

At the launch of the festival, Prince Charles urged companies to 'rethink and re-think' the way they work, saying the fight for a green world was 'not for the faint of heart'

At the launch of the festival, Prince Charles urged companies to 'rethink and re-think' the way they work, saying the fight for a green world was 'not for the faint of heart'

At the launch of the festival, Prince Charles urged companies to ‘rethink and re-think’ the way they work, saying the fight for a green world was ‘not for the faint of heart’

Prince Charles has long been a supporter of environmental concerns and warned of the dangers of climate change.

In 1970 he had warned about the problems of plastic waste, chemicals being discharged into rivers and air pollution caused by factories, cars and airplanes.

Since his speech to the Countryside Steering Committee for Wales on February 19, 1970, Charles has worked to develop solutions to climate change, highlighting issues of overfishing and the threat to the world’s rainforests.

Earlier this year, Prince Charles launched his Sustainable Markets Initiative in Davos, calling on communities, businesses, investors and consumers to take the urgent and practical steps needed to move to more sustainable practices.

The royal's appearance at the online festival is his first since the launch of The Crown's new series, which depicts the demise of his marriage to Princess Diana.

The royal's appearance at the online festival is his first since the launch of The Crown's new series, which depicts the demise of his marriage to Princess Diana.

The royal’s appearance at the online festival is his first since the launch of The Crown’s new series, which depicts the demise of his marriage to Princess Diana.

The initiative aims to bring together leading figures from the public and private sectors, charities and investors to find ways to rapidly decarbonise the global economy.

In his first keynote speech to the conference in 30 years, hailed by environmentalists as a landmark and branded by critics as royal interference in global affairs, he said: “Global warning, climate change and the devastating loss of biodiversity are the greatest threats facing humanity.” has ever faced, and a largely of his own creation’.

Notable speakers at the climate change festival range from TV host and children’s author Konnie Huq, criminal defense attorney and TV personality Judge Rinder, to Climate Strange comedian Matt Winning.

With a capacity of over a million visitors, festival-goers can tune in to live debates, video premieres, art exhibits and more from environmentalists, TV personalities, scientists, entrepreneurs, politicians and artists all striving for change in environmental responsibility.

During the speech, Prince Charles said the crisis had presented an 'unprecedented opportunity' for businesses

During the speech, Prince Charles said the crisis had presented an 'unprecedented opportunity' for businesses

During the speech, Prince Charles said the crisis had presented an ‘unprecedented opportunity’ for businesses

Prince Charles’ appearance is his first since The Crown’s new series launched on Netflix on Sunday.

Royal pundits have panned the drama extensively, in which Charles (played by Josh O’Connor) and Camilla (Emerald Fennell) were in almost constant contact during the early years of his marriage to Diana, showing them sleeping together the night before his wedding.

Commentators lined up to criticize the show, including Ingrid Seward who called it “quite inaccurate”, Dickie Arbiter who said “some actions are fiction” and Sally Beddell Smith who said “the level of invention has increased”.

Tom Quinn said parts of the show were “total rubbish”, though Paul Burrell praised it, saying it was an “honest and accurate dramatization of what happened.”

The new series of the hit drama shows Charles (played by Josh O'Connor) and Camilla (Emerald Fennell) as almost constant contact during the early years of his marriage to Diana and shows them sleeping together the night before his wedding.  Pictured, Emerald with Emma Corrin as Diana

The new series of the hit drama shows Charles (played by Josh O'Connor) and Camilla (Emerald Fennell) as almost constant contact during the early years of his marriage to Diana and shows them sleeping together the night before his wedding.  Pictured, Emerald with Emma Corrin as Diana

The new series of the hit drama shows Charles (played by Josh O’Connor) and Camilla (Emerald Fennell) as almost constant contact during the early years of his marriage to Diana and shows them sleeping together the night before his wedding. Pictured, Emerald with Emma Corrin as Diana

Inaccuracies in the drama have also been raised, including that Charles saw Lord Mountbatten more as a father figure than Prince Philip, and Margaret Thatcher told the Queen she believed women were incapable of high office.

Friends of Prince Charles launched a blistering attack on the show this weekend, accusing the producers of the hit Netflix drama of “trolling on a Hollywood budget.”

Some of the prince’s closest confidants have accused the streaming giant of exploiting the royal family’s pain for financial gain, angering that “fiction is presented as fact” in its twisted version of events.