Malta lets Prince George keep shark tooth gift from David Attenborough

Veteran environmental broadcaster Attenborough found the fossil during a family vacation to Malta in the late 1960s, Kensington Palace said, and gave it to George last week.

The tooth, which once belonged to a megalodon, is believed to be about 23 million years old.

The gift raised questions in the Mediterranean nation, prompting Maltese Culture Minister Jose Herrera to say that the tooth should be in a local museum and promising to “set the ball rolling” on getting it back.

David Attenborough gave Prince George a fossilized shark tooth. Malta says it wants it back

But the government poured cold water on the plan Tuesday.

A ministry spokesperson told CNN: “Further to the initial remarks as reported in the Maltese media, Minister Herrera would like to reiterate that no action was initiated or will be taken on the issue.”

Neither the Royal Family nor representatives for Attenborough commented to CNN on the controversy.

Many countries now ban tourists from removing fossils or shells from their

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Malta Retracts Its Claim On The Shark Tooth Gifted To Prince George By Attenborough

Malta has retracted its claim on the prehistoric shark tooth given to Prince George by Sir David Attenborough at Kensington Palace last week. The legendary broadcaster presented the giant tooth to the young royal during a private viewing of his latest Netflix documentary, A Life on Our Planet, which was screened in the gardens to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children. However, on seeing the official pictures which were shared on Instagram by @kensigntonroyal, Maltese culture minister José Herrera suggested Malta might like the tooth back.

As the Independent reports, the fossilised tooth, which is thought to have belonged to an extinct species of giant shark known as the ‘Carcharocles megalodon’, was found by Attenborough during a family holiday in the late 1960s — and is believed to be around 23 million years old.

The removal of an “object of geological importance” has been banned in Malta

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Why Prince George Might Have To Give Back His Gift From David Attenborough

Although Britain’s Prince George celebrated his seventh birthday on July 22, David Attenborough seemingly gifted him a belated present last week– a prehistoric shark tooth. However, it appears Prince Willam and Kate Middleton’s eldest son may have to return his newly acquired gift.

On Sunday, Kensington Palace announced that Attenborough, a historian and naturalist, had visited the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children earlier in the week for an outdoor screening of his upcoming film, “David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet.”

When Attenborough arrived at the royal residence, he wasn’t empty-handed. The palace shared photos of Attenborough with William, Kate, and their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis on Instagram. In two of the photos, George can be seen holding on to a large shark tooth.

“When they met, Sir David gave Prince George a tooth from a giant shark, the scientific name of

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