Prince William returned to his favorite subject, how there are too many Africans

Tusk Conservation Awards in London

In November 2017, almost four years ago exactly, Prince William and Kate were expecting their third child, Louis, and William attended the annual Tusk Trust event in London. In his speech at the event, he said that overpopulation, specifically in Africa, was having a “terrible impact” on conservation efforts. He told Africans that there are too many of them and they shouldn’t have so many children. While he was expecting his third. At this week’s Tusk Trust Awards, wouldn’t you know, he returned to his favorite subject:

Prince William has suggested that an increase in human population on the African continent poses a danger to wildlife. The Duke of Cambridge, a father of three, made the comments at a royal-backed conservation charity’s awards on Monday night, while millions were tuning in to watch a controversial BBC documentary about his relationship with the media.

He told the Tusk Conservation Awards in London: “Africa remains on the frontline of conservation, playing host to the most awe-inspiring diversity of flora and fauna.”

The Duke added: “The increasing pressure on Africa’s wildlife and wild spaces as a result of human population presents a huge challenge for conservationists, as it does the world over. But it is imperative that the natural world is protected not only for its contribution to our economies, jobs and livelihoods, but for the health, wellbeing and future of humanity.”

Africa is home to an estimated 1.3 billion people, up from around 390 million in the 1970s. A projected population boom on the continent could see its population rise to nearly 4.5 billion by the end of the century, according to UN estimates.

Robin Maynard of the charity Population Matters said that the Duke had “rightly drawn attention to human population as a key driver of wildlife loss globally”. However, he stressed the “wider context” of “rich, developed countries like the UK driving habitat destruction as forests are cleared for crops to feed UK and European livestock”.

[From MSN]

Again, overpopulation is a significant issue and it’s okay to have larger conversations not only about overpopulation, but about humans’ parasitic pillaging of natural habitats and our destruction of biodiversity in the plant and animal kingdoms. The conversation is a global one. But not to William, who clearly loves talking about this one narrow subject, how there are too many Africans and how THEY are the problem as far as he’s concerned.

Tusk Conservation Awards in London

Tusk Conservation Awards in London

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  1. Kiera says:

    Read the room Baldimort. Look I don’t disagree with him. I feel really strongly about overpopulation and that we all need to be proactive in how we use resources and also family planning. But there are certain venues in which it should be discussed and one of those is not the one where you come off like some colonizer a**hat. Although he is so at this point whatever.

    • Tooby says:

      Yeah, overpopulation isn’t a British problem. Nations (Britain, Japan) that have been industrialized for a while tend to have trouble HOLDING ON to population. Nations (China) that have industrialized recently are also aging and having lesser kids.

      Africa on the other hand is a has many parts that are less industrialized. So , naturally, people have more kids. It is the youngest continient.

      If you’re gonna discuss overpopulation it’s going to end up involving certain nations and I think it’s unfortunate that you can’t actually talk about it without people getting defensive.

      I’m from West Africa and I think people think they’re being helpful but it doesn’t actually help. I have my doubts about Bill Gates’ charity but he’s actually putting money where his mouth is so to see him discuss this issue with some nuance and then have some people on the left write him off as “validating racist ideas” was disheartening. Who does that help? We WANT to get to the point where people are having less kids – it means we’ve become wealthy and women have been emancipated enough that it’s not needed!

      It feels like people care a lot how Africa’s problems play in their DOMESTIC market (where it can be seen as a proxy for attacking American black people) and this sometimes ends up being more important than how it actually affects Africans.

      • Bordelais says:

        I don’t think people are “getting defensive”, I think they’re irritated that someone has done no research into the causes behind the decline in wildlife and flora, and made a clumsy statement that the pressure comes “as a result of human population.” Literally the charity in the second quote (a charity whose purpose is to “campaign to achieve a sustainable human population, to protect the natural world”) stressed that this had to be viewed in the wider context of deforestation (habitat destruction) for rich, developed countries. That’s all Prince William had to say. Acknowledge the multiple causes at play.

      • Bex says:

        He has three kids. He hunts. He lives in a glass house.

      • LovesitinNM says:

        TOOBY, I’m glad you chimed in so we can get more perspectives.

      • ThatsNotOkay says:

        I don’t understand what you mean but Africa being the youngest continent. It ain’t called the Motherland for nothing.

      • GraceB says:

        I think it depends on who it is doing the talking. It’s one thing for someone who has worked closely with conservation in Africa, and who actually knows what they’re talking about, to comment on the issue of overpopulation, but it’s another when it’s a white prince, who despite being involved with Tusk, clearly hasn’t got the background.

        It’s embarrassing enough that he needed someone else to chime in about the space required for crops, which go to the west.

        Over population is a global issue, but it does disproportionately impact some countries and continents more than others.

      • BabsORIG says:

        Look, IDC who’s from where and what they have to say. Africa over population is NOT the cause of environmental degradation or the reason why wildlife is becoming distinct. The main cause of such is first if all rooted in colonization and pillaging of African lands. Then factor in deforestation for hard wood trees to make furniture etc for developed countries. Factor in deforestation for commercial farming of coffee, tobacco etc all to be exported to white people lands. Factor in white people coming to Africa to hunt large game, and factor in white people involving in and encouraging large game task and hide trade etc. I can go on and on,but I’ll stop there. People are acting like Africans are way too primitive to understand the concepts or family planning etc, we actually are not. A large percentage of us are actually educated just FYI. And actually a large percentage of us do actually have the ability to and we do limit the number of children we have.

      • Mac says:

        Population Matters has a long history of calling for depopulation of the world’s poorest countries. They may be trying to moderate their public message but they are in lock step with William’s view.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Africa is the oldest continent, as far as the human population goes. Human beings originated in Africa. Or do you mean median age?

      • vs says:

        @Tooby — Africa the youngest continent? no it is definitely NOT
        No need to comment on the rest, others have addressed it much better than I could

      • Emma says:

        Africa is the “youngest continent” in the sense that it has the most young people (the statistic is 60% of the population is under 25).

      • Moneypenny424 says:

        Clearly she means it has the youngest population. I don’t think an African person has missed that humans originated in Africa.

      • MsT_Shady says:

        Over-population may not be a British problem…but is IS a European one. And an Asian one.

        Funny how it’s always Africa that used as a convenient shorthand for this overpopulation.

        Let us also compare the carbon footprint of a family of 6 in a non-industrialised African versus the average Westener. Hint: it’s Westeners who are burning through our resources like there’s no tomorrow, and I say this as type on my iPhone, composed of precious minerals leeched from mines in Africa.

    • clomo says:

      Maybe he should take this up with the pope instead of Africans, after all he and his minions went there and told them birth control is a sin. William is such a dud. Can’t do too much about being a dud except keep your opinions to yourself, so zip it Willy boy.

      • Betsy says:

        This right here. Many women in places where women have 5-9 children want to reduce the number of children they have. They’re not dumb. They know that every pregnancy, nursing, rearing a child is resource and time intensive (and I get that the amount of resources used for a poor rural child in Africa is leagues less than what a wealthy urban kid uses, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy for the family to come up with what they need). That pregnancy and labor are dangerous and exhausting and that nursing uses up a ton of the mother’s body’s resources.

        But the Catholic Church says every possible pregnancy that can result must result in a birth, and they will not tolerate discussion of birth control or abortion. It is the dumbest, cruelest thing. The Catholic Church has spread more misery around the planet than any other single group.

    • Kfg says:

      Overpopulation isn’t the issue on the African continent. Corporations exploiting the natural resources are! Those Corporations are from western countries. Africans aren’t the ones destroying groundwater for oil or destroying wildlife for tungsten, it’s rich yt people. The issue is greedy yt people exploiting a continent and then being upset that it’s confirming that yts are the global minority and therefore should not hold 90% of the world’s wealth

    • Arpeggi says:

      Overpopulation isn’t as big a problem as the lack of access to contraception and safe abortions for those who want them. And rich conservative governments did a heck of a job to limit their access in “poorer” countries, cutting funds to organizations that does family planning, give referrals to abortion clinics and so on. Give women access to education and contraceptives and the birth rate will drop.

      And yeah, it’s rich that a dude whose sole purpose in life is to reproduce to ensure “heirs and spares” would complain about other, less privileged people having kids

    • Andie says:

      Exactly this. Historically his family loved the number of Africans there were when they could force them to mine diamonds and whatnot for them as slaves. But now they’re no longer able to commodify them, oh, yeah there are too many. Oh ok.

      Shut up and read the room idiot. All your money and the fact that people are even listening to you speak is due to the fact that your family colonized entire countries and then sapped their natural resources via the
      slave labour force of own people. The ignorance is astounding.

    • ElleV says:

      call me when Western nations deal with their overconsumption problem. i’d bet good money the royal family alone consumes more resources and produces more waste than entire towns in poorer nations.

      • dollycoa says:

        Exactly. People with more brains than William know that the issue is overconsumption, rather than overpopulation. The number of 20 year olds in the world has not changed since the 70’s. People are just living longer. The problem with overconsumption, which is a far bigger problem, but won’t be addressed by the Royals, because they overconsume more than any Royal Family in Europe, and certainly many, many times more than any African family. The man is an idiot but my children will have to accept him and his lazy wifebot as Head of State.

  2. Roserose says:

    He’s not doing well for himself this week, is he. Almost like there’s some chickens coming home to roost.

    • ThatsNotOkay says:

      I believe said fowl was rescued and raised in Archie’s Chick Inn.

      • Dilettante says:


      • L84Tea says:

        I like to imagine that Archie has a little secret lair inside his Chick Inn and is waiting for the right moment to hit the red flashing “Blow it all up” button. “You mess with my Mom and Dad, you mess with me.”

    • Liz version 700 says:

      The arrogance/cluelessness of this guy!?! I agree this might be a good time for someone to shove a Turkey leg in his mouth and make him stop talking. Too bad the Brits don’t celebrate Thanksgiving lol

  3. Tooby says:

    Africa is the one continent that’s growing very fast and thus will need more and more land. Many other regions are actively LOSING people.

    Places like Britain are AGING rapidly and are very old now: barring an open-door immigration policy they just won’t have the same pressures – there aren’t going to be twice as many Britons by the end of the century, they’ll be lucky to maintain what they have. Even places like China that were young are aging as people are getting wealthy enough to have less kids.

    Africa on the other hand is the youngest continent and it has a lot of room to grow in population so that’s why people like Bill Gates and William speak about it.

    As for William not caring about conservatism outside Africa…I honestly don’t doubt that the royals talk about it in the UK. It’s a natural point of activism for upper class royals compared to more daily, divisive stuff.

    • Moderatelywealthy says:

      I think you should better inform yourself. Major companies, constant air travel and cruise ship industry are the major forces in climate change and natural degradation…Afrika being the last continent experiencing a population boom is only a problem for rich white people that don’t want to stop traveling with helicopters, have more than two kids and who LOVE a good hunting now and then.

    • notasugarhere says:

      China had a violent, invasive, misogynistic one-child policy for decades. Now they are experiencing a crisis of declining population, where they will not have enough people in the working age population to support the elderly, infrastructure, and manufacturing. AND they are one of the most violent, damaging, and abusive countries when it comes to what they’re doing in Greenland and African countries now.

    • SC says:

      What you’re talking about is eco fascist theory, it is racist and based in eugenics. Population booms, especially in rural or “underdeveloped” nations, do not cause climate change. People like Bill Gates or William cause it, corporations like Chevron or Amazon or Microsoft cause it.

  4. OriginalLala says:

    People who have three kids maybe shouldn’t lecture anyone on over-population…especially when that person is a f*cking prince living in palaces furnished and paid for with stolen monies and goods, and built on a legacy of destructive colonial practices.

    • Chrissy (The Original) says:

      Exactly. The fact that he thinks he has any gravitas on the specific issue of Africa, just shows how grossly out of touch and racist he comes across. why will no one shut him up?

    • MY3CENTS says:

      Especially when your children’s carbon footprint is going to be astronomically more than whole villages in Africa. The privileged life they are going to lead will be infinitely more wasteful.

    • Rice says:

      Agreed. Critics told him to “mind his own business”.

    • keroppi says:

      I would love if for one of these speeches that there were audible gasps from the audience.

    • ElleV says:

      AMEN! i want to see rich do gooders tackling the FAR greater evil of overconsumption among their peers. if William started living that net zero life I’d start paying more attention.

    • Demi says:

      Didn’t he &khate take over 60 helicopter trips last year the audacity?

  5. milliemollie says:

    Yes, the wildlife in Europe is doing so much better… No nature gets destroyed and no animals get extinct here…
    What a racist moron.

    • Myra says:

      Right? Talk to us when reforestation and wildlife reintroduction begins earnestly in the UK. They’ve paved and farmed over every beautiful corner they can find then they grace us with their ostentatious presence for the annual eugenicist speech. Clearly, we know who expressed concerns over Archie’s skin colour.

  6. Becks1 says:

    What does William do for the environment besides lecture others? Like what does he himself do? Charles was in a tv special a few months ago talking about how he doesn’t eat meat one day a week, how he prefers local food, the importance of planting trees, Camilla has talked about her beekeeping and the importance of pollination – all we get from William is “other people need to do something.”

    I’m not saying Charles and Camilla are saving the world by their actions, but at least it’s something AND the things they talk about are things many of us can do.

    • Alexandria says:

      Exactly and I read above even Bill Gates has done some actions. I mean…Bulliam just opens his mouth and nags?

    • Betsy says:

      I think that’s a very important point. Granted, they all live in multiple palaces/mansions so it’s not like they’re really walking the walk, but William doesn’t even seem to have a grasp on any of this. Why didn’t he get involved at his father’s organic duchy? If he’s so involved and interested in the flora and fauna of the African continent, why doesn’t he study regenerative agriculture and Holistic Management with Allan Savory? Why is he so shallow?

    • ElleV says:

      I will always tip my hat to Charles for at least *trying* to walk the walk before he holds forth to us plebes

  7. girl_ninja says:

    His hypocrisy, racism and face are all so unattractive.

  8. Amy Bee says:

    Overpopulation is not the cause of climate change and environmental degradation and Africa is certainly not a major contributor to these issues. So let’s call it for what is, racism and eugenics. William like his father and grandfather believe that people in the Global South caused climate change and the loss of wildlife when it is colonialism and capitalism that are the real culprits. So let’s not talk about overpopulation. Twitter is dragging William for his racism again.

    • Sigmund says:

      Thank you. People, especially racists, love to zero in on overpopulation because it lets them blame black and brown people for climate change, when by far the biggest contributor to climate change is factory farming (which is actually not connected to population size). Factory farming prioritizes profits over everything else, which leads to damaging environmental practices and food waste.

      But acknowledging that requires going after some pretty powerful interests, so it’s much more convenient to claim overpopulation is the issue.

    • JerseyCow says:

      Thank you. And can we stop using “developed” when we mean rich or industrialized? It’s a condescending term used by colonialists who think that anything other than western culture is undeveloped.

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      Yep. Good old fashioned eugenics, which is racist (& ableist) at its core. In certain circles, it’s concerning that there aren’t enough of the “right” kind of people & there are rather too many of the “wrong” kind. I’m sure William thinks he’s done something brilliant here, as opposed to echoing talking points that seemed novel a century ago.

      The Nazis, of course, really took this concept & ran with it, though eugenic ideas were developed in the UK before moving to the US.

    • A says:

      The British upper classes talking casually about how the colonies are a problem bc people there are having too many kids? I’m shocked, SHOCKED I tell you. /sarcasm

  9. Izzy says:

    Except the hunting is for foreigners’ sport and to feed their greed for ivory and pelts, so I don’t think it’s the African birth rate that’s putting pressure on the wildlife population numbers there.

  10. Rapunzel says:

    Wills’ conservation efforts are Wills telling the Africans not to mess up his playground. He wants the animals saved for him. And his children. So they can enjoy it. The Africans must not overpopulated because it will ruin things for him, when he visits. With his children. So they can enjoy it. It’s all very selfish.

    I also wonder how much this conservation passion for Africa has to do with Jecca Craig. I think he does it in part cause she’s still more important to him than his wife.

    • Keri says:

      Yeah. Bet he’s looking at kenya and salivating at the thought of game roaming wild and free in the mara. Smh. God help us all. When will the mass commonwealth exodus begin? We can do better

  11. Athena says:

    He needs a better tailor or better underwear

    • Roo says:

      I think he prefers that moose knuckle display. 😑

    • Seaflower says:

      +1 (for the weirdly tailored suit coat as well as the unfortunate pants)

    • Nunya says:

      It always looks like he pads in that area!

    • Qatar2 says:

      100% he has saggy old man ballsacks that probably smell like sweat, urine, and old cheese, but he keeps them on display because he thinks it is a sign of his virility and masculinity. This is the paired behaviour to Kate showing off her vijay at every opportunity thinking everyone wants to see her beef curtains and be jealous of how sexy she is.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      LOL, there were photos years ago taken of him urinating in front of the paps – lets just say that for Kate’s sake lets hope he’s a grower (if you know what i mean). LOL

      If you peruse the royal gossip forums I think they still exist on there (might also still be available via Google Images) – the uncensored ones I think were published abroad.

      • Alexandria says:

        Omg why did he do that in front of the paps? No thank you I will not search. Bleagh.

      • Jan90067 says:

        I remember that… he was peeing in the bushes, at a polo match. Sure, like there weren’t ANY facilities in the tent, esp. for HIM.

  12. mariahlee says:

    Something like this would not have been sensationalized by the UK press a year or two ago. Bill has pissed someone off.

  13. Lizzie says:

    Have they been coaching TOB to do jazz hands too? Do he and Cannot do them at the same time? Imagine dinner with both of them flashing jazz hands.

  14. Super Fan says:

    While I’m all for having reasonable discussions about climate change and how humans are mucking up our earthly home, this guy’s personal carbon footprint is probably larger than at least one of those African countries. So this father of 3 and benefactor of colonization may need to STFU. 😉

  15. ecsMom says:

    If that is your true concern (although far from the real reason for wildlife devastation) then have Britain provide birth control to Africa. Because every time the republicans are in charge, America stops providing that. There are MANY African women that didn’t want 10 kids and would have loved to have been provided birth control methods. At least that way those with less money can be in control of how many they have. I am not saying they don’t love every child that have given birth too, but when you are battling starvation and other poverty concerns and have to watch your children suffer, many would have loved the choice as to how many children they bring into the world.

    • Amy Bee says:

      Birth control is available in Africa. The true agenda behind these types of programmes is white supremacy. So let’s focus on the real issues that are plaguing the earth not on the controlling the number of black and brown people

      • Sam the Pink says:

        Birth control access is spotty in many parts of the continent. Large swaths of the population are rural and isolated without access to routine medical care. Famously, a giant country like the DRC has the lowest percentage of paved roads in the world relative to its size and population – do you really believe they have the infrastructure to support consistent family planning for the population?

        There IS a birth control access issue in many parts of the continent. You sound ignorant by brushing that aside. That does not make William correct (overpopulation is largely a myth), but Africa does has a serious issue with BC access in many places.

      • ecsMom says:

        Amy Bee I agree with the racial undertones of William’s and other statements regarding depopulation. I just remember seeing a documentary of African women after the Bush II years and they were so angry and sad when they realized they could have had birth control limit how many children they gave birth to. Maybe she only wanted 6 instead of 10 or to not be pregnant her entire adult life. Control over how many children you have is something that the privilege have over the poor. Think of the United States where republicans refuse to allow birth control for the poor. The result is to keep poor people poor and women out of the workplace.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ ecsMom, let’s not forget the Repugnants party for trying to revoke Roe v Wade and what our devil incarnate Governor has placed ordinary citizens to patrol and report those who obtain an abortion after 6 weeks with a guaranteed 10k profit to boot!!

        In addition, we live in Bryan/College Station, Texas and my daughter wanted an IUD and her male OB/GYN refused due to his religious reasons.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Add in the extremist evangelical (mostly US-based) Christians who have been proselytizing in certain African countries for years. They deny access to birth control, abortion, maternal care in the name of religion.

  16. RoyalBlue says:

    Notice he won’t accuse the most populous countries China and India and only targets the continent of Africa. Racist as f”@k. Africa is not his playground. Aren’t there wildlife in other countries too. He is repulsive.

    • Kviby says:

      It’s widely known that chinas population is decreasing. Not sure about India’s future but maybe he would mention that if he goes to India

      • HK9 says:

        There would be economic consequences if he went after China & India. He’s indeed a racist who knows he can get away with this. Overpopulation of the continent of Africa is not the cause of this problem and we know this.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        HK9 perfectly said. He knows who to come after with his lording it over the continent. He is well aware that India will ask for all their jewels back and China doesn’t take criticism well. They hacked Australia during Covid when they were questioned about the virus.

      • A says:

        @Kvikby, India’s population is predicted to start declining for the same reasons as China’s. I forget which year exactly the population is expected to max out, then start a slow but steady decline, but it’s soon. The decline will largely be because of family planning initiatives leading to smaller family sizes in general.

        @HK9, let’s nto get it twisted. William made these comments about Africa specifically, bc he’s speaking at an event for a conservation group that works in Africa. If he were speaking at an event for a group that was doing something similar in India, and was handed a set of talking points that stated that population increases were the cause of environmental degradation, he’d say it there too, probably with even more gusto, bc if there’s one thing the British establishment has a great track record of doing, it’s incoherently spewing racist bile about how Indians “are a beastly people with a beastly religion who breed too much.” (Points for knowing whose quote I’m paraphrasing there).

  17. Over it says:

    So is it’s only black peoples and people of color that he thinks they are too many of? Okay, I see you Kevin Cambridge

    • Mslove says:

      Plus, he’s still seething that Harry had the audacity to marry a biracial woman.

      • Cado says:

        They don’t have a problem with an alleged pedo rapist tho.

      • A says:

        @Cado ah, but their pedo rapist is white, so it’s all okay. Now, if he were a POC, the news and the tabloid press wouldn’t be able to stop harping on and on about it.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      So, Will thinks there are too many Africans in Africa but his family is supposedly ‘very much not a racist family’. Got it.

  18. ThatsNotOkay says:

    Can every Commonwealth country, especially those with majority POC, ditch this bitch as their head? I mean, really.

    • notasugarhere says:

      I harp on this, I know. The Commonwealth is an economic and trade union made up of 54 countries, only 15 of which have the Windsor monarch as their defacto head of state.

  19. TIFFANY says:

    Someone needs to tell him, it is okay not to talk. Ever again.

    He is gonna destroy the monarchy and I cannot wait to watch in real time.

  20. LW says:

    The photo at the bottom of him and the winner holding the trophy…he really doesn’t do well around black people does he?! His face says it all.

    Ughh what a d***

  21. Jen says:

    I’m reading comments of people saying he is right. While he may have his facts correct, it’s just not his place. His family built their wealth on other people’s labor but now want to just tell others how to live while he lives in his palaces.

    • Sam the Pink says:

      He’s not right, though. Overpopulation is a scare tactic used by primarily white, wealthy nations to place to onus on poor countries and people of color for problems not of their making.

      Climate change is not an issue of population. It is an issue of resource consumption. Less people consuming more is MORE detrimental to the planet then more people living in a sustainable way. William’s home country, the UK, has a greater carbon footprint then the majority of African countries COMBINED. This, despite the fact that the UK has far fewer people! Again, say it with me – it’s not about numbers, its about consumption.

      Is there a population issue in Africa? Yes, but its not the one you think. It’s that African people, especially women, have significantly less access to birth control and the means to plan their own children then women elsewhere in the world. That is for a number of reasons – accessibility, cultural taboos, etc. THAT needs to be addressed. Give them the means to control their own reproductive lives and you will see things change. William isn’t doing that though – he’s scare-mongering about there being too many blacks. It’s openly racist and deplorable and I hope he gets raked for it.

      • RoyalBlue says:


      • milliemollie says:

        You’re 100% right!

      • Imara219 says:

        Thank you for speaking truth logically! Bill is wrong and this myth is steeped in racism eugenics.

      • Nic919 says:

        Excellent comment. Resource consumption, of which his own family does in an exponential way compared to small cities and countries, is why climate change is happening. Toss in capitalism and industrialization where protective barriers are being destroyed all in the name of profit, and we have the real source of the issue.

  22. Sofia says:

    Overpopulation is an issue but to start with, it’s not a sole issue confined to Africa. Second of all, a white Prince with 3 kids shouldn’t be speaking about overpopulation.

  23. Matthew says:

    I really cannot stand this guy. Stop talking William.

  24. ChattyCath says:

    ‘overpopulation’ to overfed rich people means they never blame themselves. As a continent Africa has had its natural resources plundered and stolen so that FFK could have his helicopter jewels and latest tech. Just looking at his face in these pictures makes me want to smack it. The only wealth poorer countries have is their children. To bring in wages and care for the old and sick.

  25. Andie says:

    Should someone with three kids even be talking about overpopulation? Yes even though they are three ~*rich white kids*~ maybe you should go back to eating diamonds and wearing black moor broaches or whatever it is these racist fucks do in their day to day life

  26. Monica says:

    Which is worse—people being born in “Africa” or filthy rich nations deforesting the lungs of the Earth for hamburgers?

  27. Lunasf17 says:

    How about all these rich nations stop eating meat since that’s one of the leading causes of environmental destruction? But no one actually wants to make personal sacrifices, they just want to tell others what they are doing wrong and ignore their own issues. I’m so sick of wealthy millionaires who live in huge homes and fly private jets tell us surfs that we’re destroying the environment. Sorry but I don’t take any of these “environmentalists” seriously if they live lavish lifestyles. Practice what you preach or shut up about it.

  28. Likeyoucare says:

    Dis he pad his coat to make his body look bulky?
    What an embarrassement.

  29. purple prankster says:

    Yes William, can the Africans please work on lowering their numbers, so they can fade into the background while you buy huge tracts of land for pennies, hunt the animals to extinction and enjoy a second coming of the British empah…

  30. Keri says:

    The smug is strong with this one. He’s got the most punchable face I’ve ever seen. Everyone is dragging him for this and the BBC program and it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving racist twat.

  31. MY3CENTS says:

    So I guess that’s why he was so eager to ship H&M to Africa?

  32. MrsBump says:

    Sick and tired of being lectured by privileged assholes. Yes, population in Africa will likely explode in the next 30 years, and more people means more development on the boundaries of protected reserves but instead of blaming us for wildlife extinction how about addressing the root causes of this, standard of living. When this increases, women the world over have less children.
    Also while the population growth is indeed high the population density in africa is still low and importantly our CONSUMPTION is nowhere near as high as any European or American. The world can sustain more africans.
    Hearing this from the mouth of one of the most privileged men on earth with his private jets and wasteful existence pisses me off, and reading this makes me feel like our lives are worth less than those of the animals he is purportedly protecting, and I’m obviously all for the protection of wildlife but as part of a larger conversation that includes our lives too

  33. Jay says:

    William the wannabe Victorian colonist likely thinks that the entire African continent would be much better off as his own personal wildlife safari preserve.

  34. equality says:

    So pull out all the European colonizers living in Africa and see what happens. Bet that would improve the situation as far as environmental destruction. Before Europeans came to Africa or the Americas, the native peoples lived within and preserved the land and animals by their way of life conforming to the land and not the other way around.

  35. L4frimaire says:

    Africans on Twitter, including African conservationist groups, were dragging this really ignorant comment. One comment pointed out that people have always lived in these wildlife areas, coexisting and it is in their interests as well to preserve the ecology. William has a typical colonial attitude that the land was empty before the Europeans showed up, and the natives who came from somewhere else just ruined it. They act like whole swaths of a continent, whether Australia, North America or Africa were just empty tracts of land there for their exploitation and enjoyment, while the people who have been there for centuries are an inconvenience and a negative presence. He has a very racist, paternalistic attitude and he seizes on one thing, without being well informed and acts like he came up with some brilliant new theory. Such a mess.

  36. Jaded says:

    Well William, perhaps if YOUR country, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Germany, etc. hadn’t EXPLOITED the African continent, enslaved its peoples, booted the indigenous off their land and turned it into farmland that made said white immigrants obscenely rich off cattle ranches, coffee plantations, mines, blood diamonds, etc. etc., PLUS keeping masses of slaves and workers in servitude, this wouldn’t be happening. It’s not over-breeding you dumbass, it’s not creating educational opportunities, affordable housing, proper medical care and birth control that’s creating it. How can you be so f*cking stupid??

  37. Eleonora says:

    Yes, overpopulation causes many different issues in probably all countries except perhaps the ones with very little population and a lot of land, like Mongolia.

    Talking about population issues like this while having 3 children seems a bit dumb, to put it mildly.

  38. DeluxeDuckling says:

    What an ass

  39. Here4tea says:

    Well, we know there are too many individuals of African-descent in the Royal Family for Will’s liking.

  40. Digital Unicorn says:

    Prince Ragealot is currently trending on UK twitter about this – he is being DRAGGED!!!!!

  41. SC says:

    Yaaas! Like father like son, Eco fascists!! Wonky Willy is wrong our planet can sustain more people and scientists, people with actual knowledge, say that our population will stabilize. We don’t have enough resources and climate change is bad because of greed, usually white corporate greed. Rural Africans having children is not worse than using a helicopter everyday or buying hoards of clothes.

    • A says:

      I’d argue that rural Africans having children is actually having less of a negative impact on the world than William wasting fuel and resources and venting CO2 into the world in the process.

      And people forget, humans are not just net consumers. They produce and contribute to society as well, particularly labour. The idea of human beings as some kind of endless blackhole of negative consumption is really inaccurate.

  42. VIV says:

    Everything said here was probably included in briefing notes he never bothered to read and conferences he never paid attention to through the years. Further proof that this idiot doesn’t bother learning new information, just repeats the same talking points he memorized 20 years ago.

    • L4frimaire says:

      It has been proven time and time again that when women are educated, have access to family planning and can participate more in society and the workforce, reduce early marriage, birth rates starts to decline. Most of the population growth is urban , like everywhere else, with people leaving rural areas for cities. The key is sustainable development and infrastructure, being able to feed all these people. People everywhere have a right to a decent standard of living.

  43. A says:

    Maybe this is a controversial position at this point in time, but I actually don’t believe that population growth is the primary driving cause of climate change at all. There’s been quite a bit of research done into this to suggest that the concerns about human population growth are misplaced. And frankly, I don’t think people immediately realize how quickly that type of reasoning can be used to start passing laws that restrict reproductive rights, and how that can easily become laws that largely only affect “undesirable” populations. There’s a really bad and negative history here that not enough people are aware of, and it’s precisely that history that’s motivating Willy-boy here to make these comments to the specific audience he’s making them.

    Robin Maynard hit the nail on the head when he rightfully pointed out that it’s not in fact human population growth that’s endangering African wildlife, it’s the greed and profit-driven motives of CEOs from western countries, who wreak damage on the environment, all in service of maintaining the sort of standard of life that people in “the West” have gotten used to. It’s a lifestyle that’s predicated on extreme excess and waste, but it’s one that no one who lives in these places is willing to change. Actually making a serious effort to preserve the environment would require people like William to start making some uncomfortable observations about their own life and the excesses they partake in themselves, but why would any member of the royal family do that when it’s much easier to just dismissively blame black people for these problems? The history of the world these last two hundred years or so has generally just been white people either blaming black people for the troubles this world goes through, or offloading the work to fix these troubles onto them, and often both simultaneously. This is not different.

    The day William gives up his 20 bedroom palaces, the endless amount of Land Rovers he uses, the helicopter usage, the private plane usages, and downsizes to a single family, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house, and starts taking the f-cking Underground to work every day, is the day he’s allowed to start mouthing off on the best way to tackle climate change. And the sad fact of the matter is, even if he were to do all of those things, he’d still be someone who uses and wastes FAR more resources than the average human being from Africa, who often live far more sustainable lives than anyone in the developed world does. The comforts that people in the west are used to are not free. They’re being extracted at a price, and there needs to be significant, systemic changes to address this.

    • Sigmund says:

      It’s only controversial to people who have done zero research. The biggest driving force behind climate change is factory farming, not overpopulation. Factory farming is not driven by population demands, it’s driven by profit demands. We have enough food to feed everyone in the world, yet there’s still food waste and starvation.

      Overpopulation is a buzzword people like to fall back on because it lets them blame black and brown countries, and often times women specifically. It’s driven by racism and misogyny.

  44. Robin Samuels says:

    William has a degree in Geography, which is probably honorary, and is an environmental activist but doesn’t have the common sense to do a little research. It’s just something about Africa and African people that he doesn’t like. I suppose the outsiders who venture into Africa to hunt and kill wildlife have no bearing. More than 50% of the global population lives in Asia. William and Kate’s carbon footprint is ten times that of an average rural village in Africa. The more developed countries like the one he resides in are large consumers of the resources driving wildlife destruction. Perhaps he should stick to football.

  45. Stef says:

    My skin crawled and I had a sudden urge to vomit uncontrollably as soon as I read this whole article. I mean, WTAF?!?

    So well written!

  46. Jules says:

    I think Baldimort, I think everyone prefers we breed out your receding chin, weak jaw, and squirrel teeth.
    Happy Christmas!

  47. Slippers4life says:

    Here’s a thought, perhaps Great Britain and other colonizing countries can stop patronizing and condescending to Africa and acting like they know best when it comes to protecting wildlife and fauna in Africa. You know who knows best how to protect wildlife and fauna in Africa…the people of fricken Africa! You don’t get to attempt to colonize a continent and pillage its resources and then realize your own pillaging of said resources have impacted climate change and then, condescend to people Indigenous to those lands and tell them there are too many of them putting pressure on their own natural habitats that you yourself destroyed. You want to help Africa? How about listening to the people of Africa about how you can use your platform as a Prince, to promote and support their efforts for the environment instead of making the assumption that the western world knows best.

  48. Haylie says:

    Prince Eugenics of Cambridge.

    Not be be confused with Princess Eugenie of York.

  49. Misskitten says:

    I have been incredibly tickled by the sheer number of headlines that read; “Prince William, Father of Three, Warns Of African Overpopulation” 🤣🤣🤣

  50. J ferber says:

    To me this is a Freudian problem, not an environmental one. Simply put, if Meghan Markle had never been born, he’d still have his younger brother to prop him up and make him beloved again. Because William is the center of the universe, his personal problem has improbably become a world crisis (in his own mind). In short, he is an infantile, racist moron who knows fuck-all. Shut up, William.