CNN says it’s nabbed the first “sit down” with Prince William since the birth of his son. In return, the news network will telecast a special about William’s “passion for Africa and his dream to save the world’s most endangered species.” The new-dad bits will debut on CNN’s New Day this coming Monday at 8 AM. The full one-hour special, Prince William’s Passion: New Father, New Hope, will then run on Sunday, September 15th. Originally commissioned by UK network ITV, the special was produced by Britain’s Spun Gold in partnership with CNN. ITV hasn’t set an airdate for the UK but is expected to be in step with CNN.
The interview will include the prince discussing hopes that one day his son can experience the same Africa that he did as a child. The special will detail the family’s work on conservation in Africa, and work being done by others in the same area. Sit-downs with the royal family members seem to go hand in hand with specials about their favorite causes these days. Back in 2010 when NBC’s Dateline interviewed Prince Charles about being next in line for the throne, around the time William’s engagement to Kate Middleton was announced, it was followed by a special produced by Charles about the “global environmental crisis.”