Growing African population worries Prince William.

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge delivers a speech during The Tusk Conservation Awards ceremony in London on November 22, 2021. - Launched with Prince William in 2013, the awards celebrate the work of leading conservationists in Africa. The ceremony will return this year as a face-to-face event at the BFI Southbank in London after last years ceremony had to be held virtually. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The UK’s Times newspaper reports that Prince William has said population growth in Africa is having negative effects on wildlife on the continent.

“The increasing pressure on Africa’s wildlife and wild spaces as a result of human population presents a huge challenge for conservationists, as it does the world over,” William said in a speech at a conservation awards ceremony on Monday.

Africa’s population is estimated to double to 2.5 billion by 2050.

The prince has been accused of hypocrisy for criticising population growth while expecting his third child.

Other commentators have called his comments offensive.