Prince William and the Duchess have three children, Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, who turned 5 in May, and Prince Louis who also had his second birthday in lockdown. Now, it has been revealed that the Cambridges were once urged by a children’s organisation not to have any more children to set an example for sustainable living.
In 2017, the Duchess of Cambridge was reportedly given a baby toy in Warsaw during a tour of Poland and Germany.
According to Marie Claire, after receiving the gift the Duchess said: “We’ll just have to have more babies.”
The children’s organisation, Having Kids, who promote sustainable and child-centred family planning, asked the Cambridges to reconsider having more children.
The company’s president Carter Dillard and executive director Anne Green “respectfully” asked the royal couple in an open letter to “consider forgoing having a third child”.
The Duchess of Cambridge was warned not to have any more children
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have three children
The letter, posted on the organisation’s official website in 2017, discussed the influence the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have as royals and the power they have to “make a sustainable small family”.
It also listed the environmental reasons behind their argument such as climate change, economic equality and the distribution of resources.
The letter continued: “Of course, we know that Prince George and Princess Charlotte are certain to have wonderful lives, protected from the deprivations of poverty and the threat of environmental degradation.
“They will receive optimal amounts of care and attention, as well as the best possible education.
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The royal couple announced the Duchess’ third pregnancy in September 2017
“But the same can’t be said of every future child.”
The children’s organisation ended the letter by explaining their Fair Start family planning model.
The letter read: “Rather than having a third or more children, families consider forgoing another child and taking part of the substantial resources saved to help a different family plan a fair start in life for their child.
“The point is simply this: Family planning should be child-centred, and the Fair Start model is a serious move towards ensuring all children get the equal opportunities in life they deserve.
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The Cambridges were once urged by a children’s organisation not to have any more children
Having Kids asked the Cambridges to reconsider having more children
“And that they do so in a healthy, safe, and greener environment.”
This letter was written to the royals in July 2017 when Prince George was four and Princess Charlotte was two.
Shortly afterwards, the royal couple announced the Duchess’ third pregnancy in September 2017.
Prince Louis was born in April 2018 adding a third child to the Cambriges’ family.
Following the letter, the children’s organisation explained why they decided to focus their attention on the Cambridges.
They said the Duke and Duchess can lead by example given their roles as public figures.
They added: “The impact the wealthiest families have on the environment dwarfs the impact of children born in the developing world.
The Cambridges were once urged not to have any more children to set an example for sustainability
“Given exponential growth, large families – wherever they may be – are simply not sustainable.”
According to Marie Claire, earlier this year during a trip to Northern Ireland a member of the public asked the Duchess if the couple are planning on having another child.
The person called out: “Number four?”
The Duchess reportedly replied: “I think William would be a little worried.”