Prince Williams tells of hopes for George following in Diana's footsteps

William said of Kate: "She understands what it means to me being in Africa, and my love of conservation.”

WILLIAM wants his son to share the passion for conservation his late mother Princess Diana passed to him.

The 31-year-old royal says since his wife Kate Middleton, also 31, gave birth on July 22, his protective instincts have kicked in.

"Suddenly you start thinking of like, wow, there is stuff you want to safeguard for the future. I've always believed it, but to actually really feel it as well, it's coming through powerfully now,” William says in a new excerpt from CNN’s upcoming special Prince William's Passion: New Hope, New Father.

William wants his son Prince George to share the passion for conservation his late mother Princess Diana passed to him.

"She would come back with all these stories and full of excitement and just passion for what she had been doing," William explains of Diana’s trips to Africa in the 1990s. "And I sort of used to sit there, quite a sort of surprised little boy at the time, taking it all in.

"What I am doing in Africa is probably not as obviously, visually if you like, related to what she did. But helping communities over in the UK, and around the world... it's about helping the needy and the vulnerable."

William goes on to reveal that while he didn’t initially plan on proposing to Kate in Kenya, it was the perfect location. The pair confirmed their engagement in 2010 and married in London in April 2011.

"I didn't really plan it that far in advance, like I just knew I wanted it to feel comfortable where I did it, and I wanted it to mean something, other than just the act of getting engaged," William explains.

"She understands what it means to me being in Africa, and my love of conservation.”

William can’t wait to take George to Africa – but only when the baby is a little older.

"I think as soon as George grows up a little bit more. I will be hung if I go now," William jokes. "It's definitely a plan of mine to go back to Africa. I will always have Africa as a special place that I love to go back to."

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