UK charity Population Matters has recognised the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for reducing their impact on the environment by deciding to limit their family to two children.
The charity, which campaigns to achieve a sustainable population gave the ‘Special Award’ to the Sussexes after the birth of their second child, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana on June 4. The couple also have a son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who was born on May 6, 2019.
Population Matters said the couple, who quit their roles as senior working royals last year, have been recognised as ‘a role model for other families’.
A spokesperson said: “In choosing and publicly declaring their intention to limit their family to two, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are helping to ensure a better future for their children and providing a role model for other families.
“Having a smaller family reduces our impact on the Earth, and provides a better chance for all our children, their children and future generations to flourish on a healthy planet.
“We commend the Duke and Duchess for taking this enlightened decision, and for affirming that a smaller family is also a happy family.”
Harry first mentioned his intention to limit his family to two children during a talk with chimpanzee expert Dr Jane Goodall in a Vogue magazine interview in 2019.
During the interview, the Duke said the Earth is ‘borrowed’, adding: “Surely, being as intelligent as we all are, or as evolved as we all are supposed to be, we should be able to leave something better behind for the next generation.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been recognised along with nine others, to mark the UN’s World Population Day. Each recipient of the awards will receive a £500 donation for a charity of their choice.
Other winners alongside Harry and Meghan include Wendo Aszed, founder of a women’s empowerment and community health project in rural Kenya, Emma Gannon, author of Olive, a best-selling novel addressing the choice to be childfree, and Nairashe Maritsa, a teenager fighting child marriage in Zimbabwe.