Sir David Attenborough, the royal family, and their ties to the WWF and WEF

David Attenborough has been a close family friend to the Queen and the rest of the royal family for decades; he and the Queen are the same age and run in the same elite social circle of money, power, and influence.

Attenborough and the Queen, from The Daily Express, 31 October 2021

“The two icons of British culture were both born in London in 1926, only weeks apart. The Queen is the slightly older of the pair, born on April 21, and Sir David followed suit on May 8. Although their connection is particularly special, Sir David is also close with other members of the Royal Family, including Prince Charles, Prince Harry, and Prince William.” Woman and Home, 24 January 2022.

The British princes in particular share Sir David’s devotion to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which goes back to the early 1960s when it was first formed as a way to raise money for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), of Polar Bear Specialist Group fame. (Follow the money, you say? Indeed).

Prince Philip (late husband of the Queen) was the first-ever president of WWF-UK from 1961-1982 and Prince Charles took over that role in 2011, which he holds today. Charles, shown below, is a fervent supporter of the World Economic Forum’s Great Reset plan (video from 17 June 2020), which seems very similar to Attenborough’s attitude.

Although Prince Phillip withdrew his support for the WWF when they began to campaign against global warming (Booker 2017), Attenborough had no such epiphany and became a high-profile WWF ‘Ambassador’ in 2015.

Not coincidentally, 2015 was the year the unprecedented collaboration of Netflix with the WWF for the documentary series ‘Our Planet’ was announced. Thus began the falling walrus fiasco revealed in my new book, Fallen Icon: Sir David Attenborough and the Walrus Deception.

Note: None of this was the Queen’s fault but I do have one bone to pick with her. Why on earth did she name her first corgi ‘Susan’? She was only 18 at the time but what kind of name is that for a dog? As I point out in the book, she had this corgi when she ascended the throne. The publicity surrounding her coronation in 1953 led to ‘Susan’ becoming the most popular name for a baby girl in 1954 in Canada and Britain.

That was the year Attenborough’s daughter and I were born – and both of us got named after the corgi. Respectfully and affectionately, I’m sure. But still…after a dog.


Booker, C. 2017. ‘The time Prince Philip wrote to me in praise of my views on global warming – in marked contrast to his son’. The Sunday Telegraph (UK), 5 August.

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