Prince Harry 'gives barefoot speech' at Google's secretive climate change conference

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - JULY 25: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during a visit to Sheffield Hallam University, to learn about their commitment to applied learning in teaching and research, on July 25, 2019 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Jacob King - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Duke of Sussex in Sheffield last week. [Photo: Getty]

The Duke of Sussex gave a ‘barefoot speech’ about climate change at Google’s secretive summit in Sicily, according to reports.

It comes a day after Prince Harry, 34, revealed he and Meghan will have “two children, maximum” to help save the planet in an interview published in British Vogue’s September issue, guest edited by his wife.

According to the celebrity gossip site Page Six, the duke showed up at the three-day event to “give an impassioned lecture about saving nature,” with Naomi Campbell and Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly being among the A-list guests and power brokers.

It’s believed that Harry also attended the conference back in 2017, but this was not recorded within the official court circular which keeps a record of the Royal Family’s engagements.

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Harry and world-renowned ethologist and primatologist, Dr Jane Goodall, 85, discuss environment, responsibility and climate change in the Vogue feature.

He echoed his father Prince Charles, by giving his views on the importance of the natural world and why it’s important to wake up to the “the damage and the destruction that we’re [humans are] causing.”

The Prince of Wales has long been an advocate of environmental awareness and recently warned that it may be “too late” to save the planet from destruction.

There has been criticism of the annual Google Camp summit however, as up to 200 celebrities have descended on the island, chartering 114 private jets to travel there, according to Italian press reports.

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The event reportedly takes place at the luxury five-star Verdura Resort on the south coast, where the cheapest room starts from £740-a-night.

Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, Harry Styles, Diane von Furstenberg and Bradley Cooper are among the stars, who have been pictured arriving in Sicily.

One attendee told Page Six: “There will likely be discussions about online privacy, politics, human rights, and of course, the environment, which makes it highly ironic that this event requires 114 private jets to happen.”

It’s not known how Prince Harry made his way to the event. Buckingham Palace has declined to comment.

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