Kensington Palace says that William's actions are "a private matter."


While some royal moves make big headlines, Prince William's latest charitable act wasn't supposed to. According to People, William quietly donated to the Thin Green Line Foundation, an organization that helps the families of park rangers killed in the line of duty. According to the foundation, approximately 150 rangers are killed each year while they're protecting wildlife from poachers. 

William's donation — which Kensington Palace called "a private matter" — came after an incident where six rangers were killed at Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo on January 10.

William called the killings a "horrendous attack" at the UNESCO World Heritage Site. In a Kensington Palace release, he stated that park rangers should never have to put their own lives on the line to protect the parks and the local communities around them.

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"I condemn the actions of those responsible in the strongest terms," he said. "Rangers who work tirelessly to protect both the national park and the neighboring communities should be honored not attacked. They should never find themselves in a position where their lives are on the line."

After William's recent donation, the Thin Green Line Foundation thanked him for his help.

"We are very grateful to The Duke of Cambridge for his recent support through our Fallen Ranger Fund for the families impacted by the devastating loss of six Rangers at Virunga National Park in January," The Thin Green Line Foundation tweeted.

William is also the president of the anti-poaching initiative United for Wildlife, which he helped establish in 2014. Later, in 2019, he announced the Earthshot Prize, which will offer grants to individuals and groups focused on climate change and conservation.

"I felt very much that there's a lot of people wanting to do many good things for the environment and what they need is a bit of a catalyst, a bit of hope, a bit of positivity," William said in an interview with naturalist Sir David Attenborough back in October. "I think that urgency with optimism really creates action."