New David Attenborough documentary made Prince George so sad he turned it off

Prince George became so sad while watching Sir David Attenborough's new documentary A Life on Our Planet that he switched it off, Prince William has revealed.

The movie, in which the legendary broadcaster "recounts his life, and the evolutionary history of life on Earth, to grieve the loss of wild places and offer a vision for the future", was released on Netflix on September 28 and is rated PG meaning some material may not be suitable for children.

Kate Middleton and Prince William’s children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis gushed over their favourite animals in an adorable environmental video message for the movie's release.

But nevertheless, the future King of England became so sad while tuning in that he asked his dad Prince William to turn it off "about halfway through".

Speaking to Sky News to mark the launch of his environmental Earthshot Prize, Prince William said that while watching the documentary his son told him: "I don't want to watch this any more."

When asked about the importance of optimism and whether he tried to bring it into discussions with his family, the father-of-three replied: "I think to be perfectly honest I'm struggling to keep the optimism levels going with my own children, and that's really kind of like… an understanding moment.

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"Where you kind of look at yourself and go 'Am I doing enough on this, are we really at this stage in life when I can't be hugely optimistic and pleased that my children are getting so into nature.'

"Because you kind of worry and dread they're soon going to realise that we are in a very, very dangerous and difficult time in the environment and that as a parent, you feel you're letting them down immediately."

William went on to say how his children were fans of Sir David Attenborough's natural world documentaries but the watching the recent documentary A Life On Our Planet was too much for George.

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He said: "The most recent one – the extinction one – actually George and I had to turn it off, we got so sad about it halfway through. He said to me 'You know I don't want to watch this anymore'.

"Why has it come to this and you know he's seven years old and he's asking me these questions already, he really feels it, and I think every seven-year-old out there can relate to that."

To mark the documentary's release, Prince George asked David Attenborough what animal he thinks will become extinct next.

Sir David replied: “Well let's hope there won't be any because there are lots of things we can do when animals are in danger of extinction – we can protect them.

"About 40 years ago I was with some mountain gorillas in the centre of Africa. Mountain gorillas were then very, very rare – there were only 250 of them left.

"We showed pictures of them on television around the world and people thought how terrible it would be if these became extinct.

“So they subscribed lots of money and lots of people came to help and now there are over 1,000 of them.

"So you can save an animal if you want to and put your mind to it. People around the world are doing it because animals are so precious so let's hope there won't be any more that'll go extinct."

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