There aren’t many people who can compete with the future king of England when it comes to status but Sir David Attenborough might just be one of them.
It seems Prince William was well aware of the 94-year-old environmental activist’s immense popularity — so much so he made sure that he was seated every so slightly higher than the BBC icon in a new photo.
While neither man actually appeared in the snap which was shared to the Kensington Royal Instagram account on Saturday, they were represented by a pair of director’s chairs emblazoned with their names.
In the pic, Prince William, 38, and Sir David’s navy chairs are positioned next to one another, however, as several royal fans have pointed out, upon closer inspection Will’s seat looks to be just a few centimetres taller.
“Anyone else noticed that Prince Williams chair is just slightly taller? Not sure I have ever seen this before,” wrote one follower in the comments section.
“Funny how Prince William's chair is ever so slightly higher!” remarked another.
Others were more concerned with the close proximity of the chairs and presumably their occupants with regard to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
“Get those chairs further apart! Haha,” quipped one.
“I’m intrigued! I hope you will social distance those chairs,” wrote another.
Will’s new eco doco
Some were desperate to find out what Prince William and Dir David were working on together.
“What the......don’t tease us like this!” begged one.
“New Netflix deal?” suggested another.
A film or documentary might be a safe bet, particularly as William is gearing up for the release of his own doco, Prince William: A Planet For Us All, in October.
In a very special documentary, join Prince William on an extraordinary journey to champion global action on conservation and climate change.— ITV (@ITV) September 21, 2020
Prince William: A Planet For Us All, this October on ITV and @ITVHub.@KensingtonRoyal #APlanetForUsAll pic.twitter.com/vDnAiB33oV
In a teaser clip shared by UK network ITV, the father-of-three said he had “always loved nature” but that having children had given a “new sense of purpose” to his conservation work.
“Now I have got George, Charlotte and now Louis in my life – your outlook does change. You want to hand over to the next generation, the wildlife in a much better condition,” he said.
Elsewhere in the clip, Will and his wife, Kate Middleton, meet with none other than Sir David Attenborough, prompting the Duchess to reveal: “The children were very upset that we were coming to see you and they weren’t coming.
“They’re massive fans of yours.”
The Prince was joined by a film crew two years ago as he met key individuals and groups in the UK and abroad who are dedicated to protecting and restoring the environment.
Kensington Palace said the film will show how William moved from being passionate about conservation to wanting to play a greater leadership role on the environment.
He appears to be following in his father’s footsteps in his passion for the environment.
Prince Charles, 71, has been a long-time campaigner on similar issues, and this week called for global commitments to tackling carbon emissions to be brought forward by two decades.
In a keynote speech delivered to launch Climate Week, the heir to the throne called for a “war-like footing” to “combat this most grave and urgent challenge”.
He also said: “Without swift and immediate action, at an unprecedented pace and scale, we will miss the window of opportunity to ‘reset’ for… a more sustainable and inclusive future.
“In other words, the global pandemic is a wake-up call we cannot ignore…
“…[the environmental] crisis has been with us for far too many years – decried, denigrated and denied.
“It is now rapidly becoming a comprehensive catastrophe that will dwarf the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.”
Additional reporting by Rebecca C Taylor.