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Up to the youth to tackle climate change, says Harry

The Duke of Sussex was speaking as he celebrated 70 years of the Commonwealth at a garden party in London on Friday.

The Duke of Sussex meets some of the guests (Chris Jackson/PA)
The Duke of Sussex meets some of the guests (Chris Jackson/PA)

The Duke of Sussex has said he believes it is “up to the youth” to tackle climate change.

Harry made the comments as he celebrated 70 years of the Commonwealth at a garden party in London on Friday.

The duke was chatting to Gemma Nelson, who works for the organisation ProGreen Samoa.

She said: “The duke said it was going to be up to the youth to make the difference on climate change.

“He said when the problem gets too big, people like to pass the buck and he thinks that it’s because of the passion of youth that things will change.”

Ms Nelson, whose organisation tackles plastic pollution on the island nation, added: “A couple of years ago, climate change wasn’t even on the agenda, and [Harry] said the youth changed that.”

At the Marlborough House reception, Harry also presented some of the winners of the inaugural Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards with their prizes.

The awards, introduced in the Commonwealth’s 70th year, celebrated the outstanding achievements by young people from the 53 Commonwealth nations.

Winners included Leilua Lino from Samoa, a victim of sexual violence, who has created a Peace Garden designed to support others who have experienced similar trauma.

The 18-year-old said as she collected her award: “When I was nine years old, my real father abused me. My mother did not help me when my father abused me.”

Speaking through tears, Miss Lino continued: “Thank you all for your help.

“And I invite Prince Harry to come to Samoa.”

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