Prince Charles enjoys a drink at COP26 reception

‘I think I need it after today!’ Parched Prince Charles welcomes a dram of whisky at an Earthshot Prize event after glad-handing world leaders at COP26

  • Prince of Wales enjoyed a drink when attending Earthshot reception at COP26
  • Prince Charles, 72, was offered the beverage when attending last night’s event 
  • The heir to the throne joked: ‘I think I need it, I promise you, after today’ 

The Prince of Wales enjoyed a drink when attending the Earthshot reception at COP26, admitting he ‘needed it after today’. 

Prince Charles, 72, was offered the beverage when attending last night’s event in Glasgow, with the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

The reception at the Clydeside Distillery was also attended by key members of the Sustainable Markets Initiative and the winners and finalists of the first Earthshot Prize Awards.

Taking the glass of whisky, the heir to the throne joked: ‘I think I need it, I promise you, after today,’ as he continued speaking with several guests at the reception. 

Earlier in the day, Charles used his COP26 address at the climate summit to demand a ‘military-style campaign’ to mobilise trillions of dollars of private sector cash to ‘save our precious planet’. 

The Prince of Wales (pictured) enjoyed a drink when attending the COP26 reception, admitting he ‘needed it after today’

Prince Charles, 72, was offered the beverage when attending last night’s event in Glasgow, with the Duchess of Cornwall (pictured together), and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as world leaders attending the global climate conference

The prince said the pandemic had taught the world ‘timelines can be sped up dramatically’ when everyone ‘agrees on the urgency and the direction’.

Addressing world leaders, he suggested top CEOs and businesses he had spoken to confirmed they were ready to do their part to protect the globe from climate change.

Charles said the strength of the ‘global private sector’ was greater than governments and represented the only ‘real prospect’ of fundamental change.

Taking the glass, the heir to the throne (pictured) joked: ‘I think I need it, I promise you, after today,’ as he continued speaking with several guests at the reception

Earlier in the day, Charles (pictured) used his COP26 address at the climate summit to demand a ‘military-style campaign’ to mobilise trillions of dollars of private sector cash to ‘save our precious planet’

The prince was pictured speaking to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez about climate change at Dumfries House last night. 

The royal took to the stage after an emotive video showed the devastation humans had done to the planet.

On his way up the steps Charles stumbled but managed to regain his stride before delivering his speech.

Prince Charles demanded a ‘military-style campaign’ to mobilise trillions of dollars of private sector cash to ‘save our precious planet’

Prince Charles’s passionate plea for action came as he addressed world leaders at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow today

He said: ‘So ladies and gentlemen, my plea today is for countries to come together to create the environment that enables every sector of industry to take the action required.

Prince Charles’s speech to world leaders at the COP26 summit in full:

The pandemic has shown us just how devastating a global cross border threat can be. Climate change and biodiversity loss are no different. in fact they pose an even greater existential threat.

To the extent we have to put ourselves on what might be called a war-like footing.  Having the opportunity of consulting many of you myself over these past few months I know you all carry a heavy burden on your shoulders and you do not need me to tell you that the eyes and hopes of the world are upon you to act decisively because time has literally run out.

The recent IPCC report gave us a clear diagnosis of a scale of the problem. We know what we must do. With a growing global population creating ever increasing demand on a planet’s finite resources, we have to reduce the emissions urgently and take action to tackle the carbon already in the atmosphere including from coal fired power stations.

Putting a value on carbon, thus making carbon capture solutions more economical is therefore absolutely critical. Similarly after billions of years of evolution, nature is our best teacher. In this regard restoring natural capital.. and levelling the circular bioeconomy will be vital to our efforts.

As we tackle this crisis our efforts cannot be a series of independent initiatives running in parallel. The scale and scope of the threat we face call for a global systems level solution based on radically transforming our current fossil fuel based economy to one that is genuinely renewable and sustainable.

So ladies and gentlemen, my plea today is for countries to come together to create the environment that enables every sector of industry to take the action required. We know this will take trillions, not billions of dollars. We also know that countries, many which are burdened by heavy levels of debt, simply cannot afford to go green.

here we need a vast, military style campaign to marshal the strength of the global private sector. With trillions at its disposal, far beyond global GDP and with the greatest respects beyond even the government’s of the world’s leaders it offers the only real prospect of achieving a fundamental economic transition.

So how do we do it? First how do we get the private sector all pulling in the same direction? After nearly two years now of consultation, CEOs have told me we need to bring together global industries to map out in very practical terms what it will take to make the transition. We know from the pandemic the private sector can speed up timelines dramatically when everyone agrees on the urgency and the direction.

So each sector needs a clear strategy of getting innovations to mark it. Second, who pays and how? We need to align private investment behind these industry strategies to help finance the transition effort, which means building the confidence of investors so the financial risk is reduced.

Investment is needed to transfer from coal to clean energy. If we can develop a pipeline of more sustainable and bankable projects at a sufficient scale it will attract sufficient investment.

Third which switches do we flick to enable these objectives? More than 300 of the world’s leading CEOs and and investors have told me that along side the promises countries have made… they need clear market signals, agreed globally so they have the confidence to invest without the goalposts suddenly moving.

This is the framework I’ve offered on a Terracarter roadmap created by my stable markets initiative with nearly 100 specific actions for acceleration. Together we’re working to drive trillions of dollars into support transition across ten of the most emitting and polluting industries. 

They include energy, agriculture, transportation, health systems and fashion. The reality of today’s global supply chains means industry transition will effect every country and every producer in the world. There is absolutely not doubt in my mind that the private sector is ready to play its part and to work with governments to find a way forward.

Your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, many of your countries are already feeling the devastating impact of climate change, through ever-increasing droughts, mudslides, floods, hurricanes, cyclones and wildfires. Any leader who has had to confront such life-threatening challenges knows that the cost of inaction is far greater than the cost of prevention. So, I can only urge you, as the world’s decision-makers, to find practical ways of overcoming differences so we can all get down to work, together, to rescue this precious planet and save the threatened future of our young people.

‘We know this will take trillions, not billions of dollars. We also know that countries, many which are burdened by heavy levels of debt, simply cannot afford to go green.

‘Here we need a vast, military style campaign to marshal the strength of the global private sector.

‘With trillions at its disposal, far beyond global GDP and with the greatest respects beyond even the government’s of the world’s leaders it offers the only real prospect of achieving a fundamental economic transition.

‘So how do we do it? First how do we get the private sector all pulling in the same direction?

‘After nearly two years now of consultation, CEOs have told me we need to bring together global industries to map out in very practical terms what it will take to make the transition.

‘We know from the pandemic the private sector can speed up timelines dramatically when everyone agrees on the urgency and the direction.

‘So each sector needs a clear strategy of getting innovations to mark it. Second, who pays and how?

‘We need to align private investment behind these industry strategies to help finance the transition effort, which means building the confidence of investors so the financial risk is reduced.

‘Investment is needed to transfer from coal to clean energy. If we can develop a pipeline of more sustainable and bankable projects at a sufficient scale it will attract sufficient investment.

‘Third which switches do we flick to enable these objectives? More than 300 of the world’s leading CEOs and and investors have told me that along side the promises countries have made… they need clear market signals, agreed globally so they have the confidence to invest without the goalposts suddenly moving.

‘This is the framework I’ve offered on a Terracarter roadmap created by my stable markets initiative with nearly 100 specific actions for acceleration.

‘Together we’re working to drive trillions of dollars into support transition across ten of the most emitting and polluting industries. 

‘They include energy, agriculture, transportation, health systems and fashion. The reality of today’s global supply chains means industry transition will effect every country and every producer in the world.

‘There is absolutely not doubt in my mind that the private sector is ready to play its part and to work with governments to find a way forward.’

The prince also said the world has been put on ‘war footing’ due to the impact of climate change and loss of biodiversity.

He continued: ‘The pandemic has shown us just how devastating a global cross border threat can be.

‘Climate change and biodiversity loss are no different. in fact they pose an even greater existential threat.’

He went on: ‘To the extent we have to put ourselves on what might be called a war-like footing. 

‘Having the opportunity of consulting many of you myself over these past few months I know you all carry a heavy burden on your shoulders and you do not need me to tell you that the eyes and hopes of the world are upon you to act decisively because time has literally run out.’

Prince Charles, who spent the day meeting with world leaders, was followed by another video before Sir David Attenborough took to the stage.

Earlier the royal arrived at the summit with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and posed for pictures for the press.

He carried a huge folder containing his notes as he prepared for the start of the UN climate conference.

The heir to the throne was among those who travelled by non-commercial plane from the G20 in Rome, MailOnline revealed.

But a source insisted he would have ‘only agreed to travel’ after checking the aircraft was using sustainable fuel.

A Clarence House spokesman said: ‘His Royal Highness has personally campaigned for a shift towards Sustainable Aviation Fuel and would only undertake travel to Rome when it was agreed that sustainable fuel would be used in the plane.’

The spokesman said sustainable fuel would be used ‘wherever possible… from now on’.

Last night the Prince of Wales sat down with billionaire Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez.

The trio were seen in a photograph shared on Bezos’s social media enjoying a cup of tea at Dumfries House, a Scottish country mansion 40 minutes from Glasgow.

Mr Bezos and Ms Sanchez were seated on blue Chippendale armchairs surrounded by ornate portraits hanging in the Resplendent Blue Drawing room. 

Bezos wrote: ‘The Prince of Wales has been involved in fighting climate change and protecting our beautiful world for five decades — far longer than most.

‘We had a chance to discuss these important issues on the eve of #COP26 — looking for solutions to heal our world, and how the @BezosEarthFund can help.’ 

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