Prince Charles wants a better environment for future grandchild

Prince Charles looks toward his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as they arrive for the royal family's Christmas Day church service at St. Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham, England, on Dec. 25, 2012. LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

Prince Charles says he wants to make the world a better, and greener place, for his future grandchild.

The heir to the British throne, a longtime advocate for environmental causes, told ITV's "This Morning" that he doesn't want to pass an "increasingly dysfunctional world" to the child that his son, Prince William, is expectingwith wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.

"I've gone on for years about the importance of thinking about the long term in relation to the environmental damage, the climate change and everything else," Charles, 64, said in the pre-recorded interview, which aired Monday. "We don't, in a sensible world, want to hand on an increasingly dysfunctional world to our grandchildren, to leave them with the real problem."

"I don't want to be confronted by my future grandchild and have them say, 'Why didn't you do something?' So, clearly now that we will have a grandchild, it makes it even more obvious to try and make sure we leave them something that isn't a total poisoned chalice," he added

The Prince of Wales also shared his fears for his younger son, Prince Harry, who is currently deployed in Afghanistan.

"If you are a parent or relation to a loved one and that person is away in incredibly dangerous and challenging circumstances, I know you worry all the time," he said. "Certainly every night I worry. But he loves what he is doing and he's brilliant at it."

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