Prince William has started his solo tour to Kuwait and Oman.
The Duke of Cambridge headed to the Jahra nature reserve just outside of Kuwait City where he took in some bird spotting but more importantly, learned of the work being done by the reserve to raise awareness of plastic pollution.
“I hate plastic bottles now and I look at them and I literally think it’s the enemy,” William said while revealing that his family and the staff that work at their home have become “plastic-free.”
“We have made a difference to the way we live. We’ve made sure when travelling here we only take our metal bottles with us. Lots of metal bottles,” he added. “You see a plastic bottle and I’m like ‘eugh!’ Horrible, isn’t it?”
Prince Charles has long been active in fighting against plastic pollution, which has in return rubbed off on his sons.
A group called Trash Tag Kuwait filled with young volunteers told Prince William that they once collected 57 bags of trash from a beach in the Gulf.
The following day, the Duke headed into the desert for a traditional experience to learn about the Kuwaiti culture, including weaving carpets and falconry.
Another special moment happened as Prince William followed in both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles’ footsteps as he met with the Emir.
Prince William’s tour will run until Dec. 4.