British television presenter and naturalist David Attenborough recently visited the royal family. Kate Middleton, Prince William, and their three children, Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte, hosted him in the courtyard of Kensington Palace, where he and William watched his new documentary “A Life On Our Planet”.
A big fan of the host is Prince George, and David gave him a really special souvenir – a giant tooth of a rare megalodon shark that he found in the sixties during a family vacation in Malta.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share new photographs of their family with @DavidAttenborough. The photographs were taken earlier this week in the gardens of Kensington Palace, after The Duke and Sir David attended an outdoor screening of Sir David’s upcoming feature film ????️ ‘David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet’. With a shared passion for protecting the natural world, they continue to support one another in their missions to tackle some of the biggest environmental challenges our planet faces. This includes working together on The @EarthshotPrize ???? the most prestigious global environment prize in history – further details of which will be shared in the coming weeks. When they met, Sir David gave Prince George a tooth from a giant shark ???? the scientific name of which is carcharocles megalodon (‘big tooth’). Sir David found the tooth on a family holiday to Malta in the late 1960s, embedded in the island’s soft yellow limestone which was laid down during the Miocene period some 23 million years ago. Carcharocles is believed to have grown to 15 metres in length, which is about twice the length of the Great White, the largest shark alive today.
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The prince was delighted, but now problems arose. Namely, Malta wants the souvenir back with the explanation that the fossil should be exhibited on the island where it was found. It is believed to be about 23 million years old.
The local culture minister, Jose Herrera, believes the tooth should be on display at the local museum and has vowed to personally commit to bringing it back to his country.
By the way, Malta was a British colony until 1964.