PRINCE Charles has appeared to make a thinly-veiled dig at Donald Trump over climate change saying the world is focused on it “apart from one or two outposts”.
The Prince of Wales told a summit “we are at a tipping point” in the fight to protect coral reefs against combined threats of climate change, pollution, plastic and over fishing.
It comes after the American President, who withdrew the US from the Paris climate change agreement when he took office, has previously called global warming “a hoax”.
And he has also come under criticism for diverting federal funding for studying climate change to boost the burning of planet-warming fossil fuels.
But today Prince Charles said: “This event is vitally important for while the world, apart from one or two outposts here and there, has begun to focus at last on the profound perils of climate change, little attention has been given to the increasingly devastating effect of climate change on the ocean and its bio-diversity.
“The stakes are high and time is extremely short. There can be no doubt that we are a critical tipping point.”
Speaking in central London in an unexpected joint appearance with his youngest son Prince Harry, he added: “It is for me literally incredible and deeply irresponsible that people seem to have regarded these losses as somehow just being the price of progress, rather than the arbiter of our vulnerability and the harbinger of our future.”
His words are in stark contrast to Mr Trump, who as recently as December declared his doubts on even the existence of global warming.
The President tweeted: “In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year's Eve on record.
“Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against.”
This has also translated into policy, as the White House's 2019 spending plan includes a reduction or cancellation of climate science programs in a number of federal agencies.
But Clarence House attempted to dismiss the idea Prince Charles was making a pointed comment in the President’s direction this morning.
A royal source said: "There was no reference to the US or to Trump and I think it's overplaying it to link it back to Trump."
The event the Prince of Wales spoke at brought together leading figures and organisations to discuss solutions to saving the reefs in light of the International Coral Reef Initiative designating 2018 as the International Year of the Reef.
Prince Harry showed his support during an unannounced visit to Fishmongers' Hall, by taking his seat among marine experts, global organisations and foreign government figures.