Prince William tells Steve Irwin's son his dad would be 'very proud'

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (not pictured) visit Kew Gardens to take part in a Generation Earthshot event with children from The Heathlands School, Hounslow to generate big, bold ideas to repair the planet and to help spark a lasting enthusiasm for the natural world on October 13, 2021 in London, England. At the Royal Botanic Gardens, Their Royal Highnesses will join the Mayor of London; explorer, naturalist and presenter Steve Backshall MBE; Olympian Helen Glover and students to take part in a series of fun, engaging and thought-provoking activities developed as part of Generation Earthshot, an educational initiative inspired by The Earthshot Prize. (Photo by Ian Vogler-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Prince was a fan of Steve Irwin. (Ian Vogler-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prince William has told Robert Irwin that his late dad Steve Irwin would be “very proud” of his passion for conservation work.

Steve – known as the Crocodile Hunter - was killed by a stingray in 2006 and his children Robert and Bindi have followed in his footsteps when it comes to wildlife and conservation.

In an interview shared with People magazine, Robert and William chatted ahead of the royal's Earthshot Prize awards.

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And the prince told Robert, 17, that he had admired his late father, who operated Australia Zoo and was known for several TV series.

“Honestly, I was a big fan of your dad and I am so sorry,” Prince William said.

Aussie adventurer Steve Irwin, aka The Crocodile Hunter during a photocall at London Zoo to promote his new movie The Crocodile Hunter.
Steve Irwin died in 2006. (PA)

“It's no surprise that you're a fan of crocodiles as well. The family trait has continued into the next generation I am sure."

"He'd be very proud of you Robert,” he went on. “And what you continued. Your passion is only second to his."

Robert was only two when his father died after a stingray barb pierced his heart while he was filming a television programme.

(L-R) Robert Irwin and Bindi Irwin at the Steve Irwin Posthumous Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame Ceremony held in front of the Iguana Vintage Store in Hollywood, CA on Thursday, April 26, 2018. (Photo By Sthanlee B. Mirador/Sipa USA)
Robert with his sister Bindi Irwin. (Sthanlee B. Mirador/Sipa USA)

He and his sister Bindi, 23, have continued his work and work at the Australia Zoo. They are also known for television shows such as Crikey! It’s The Irwins.

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The Earthshot Prize launched by Prince William recognises those who come up with solutions to the planet's problems. It will see five, one million pound prizes awarded each year for the next ten years.

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