David Attenborough’s Gift to Prince George Has Sparked Controversy

From Marie Claire

  • Kate Middleton and Prince William released photos over the weekend of the Cambridges meeting environmentalist David Attenborough.
  • Attenborough gave Prince George a prehistoric shark tooth, which he found in Malta in the 1960s.
  • Maltese culture minister José Herrera raised questions about whether the tooth should be returned to Malta.

When Kensington Palace released photos of the Cambridges meeting David Attenborough over the weekend, they revealed a gift given by Attenborough to Prince George: a prehistoric shark tooth from the long-extinct Carcharocles megalodon. “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,” a post on the official @kensingtonpalace Instagram account read.

The gift, however, has sparked controversy, with Maltese officials questioning whether the tooth was ever Attenborough’s to give. Indeed, the British

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