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DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE.>>KEIR SIMMONS IS AT KENSINGTON>>KEIR SIMMONS IS AT KENSINGTON PALACE WITH THAT. PALACE WITH THAT. GOOD MORNING. GOOD MORNING.>>Reporter: GOOD MORNING.>>Reporter: GOOD MORNING. I HAVE NEVER HEARD WILLIAM AS I HAVE NEVER HEARD WILLIAM AS OUTSPOKEN AS THE SPEECH YOU’RE OUTSPOKEN AS THE SPEECH YOU’RE ABOUT TO HEAR. ABOUT TO HEAR. PRINCE WILLIAM DELIVERING A PRINCE WILLIAM DELIVERING A BLISTERING ASSESSMENT OF SOCIAL BLISTERING ASSESSMENT OF SOCIAL MEDIA, EVEN QUESTIONING TODAY’S MEDIA, EVEN QUESTIONING TODAY’S POLARIZED POLITICS. POLARIZED POLITICS. AS A NEW FATHER TO GEORGE, AS A NEW FATHER TO GEORGE, CHARLOTTE AND LOUIS, WILLIAM CHARLOTTE AND LOUIS, WILLIAM LAUNCHED A CAMPAIGN AGAINST LAUNCHED A CAMPAIGN AGAINST CYBER BULLYING A YEAR AGO. CYBER BULLYING A YEAR AGO.>>IT’S REALLY DANGEROUS.>>IT’S REALLY DANGEROUS.>>Reporter: AFTER MEETING WITH>>Reporter: AFTER MEETING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE AT A BBC EVENT, YOUNG PEOPLE AT A BBC EVENT, WILLIAM CLAIMED IN A SPEECH THAT WILLIAM CLAIMED IN A SPEECH THAT SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES ARE TOO SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES ARE TOO PROUD TO LISTEN. PROUD TO LISTEN.>>I WAS TOLD THAT COMPANIES>>I WAS TOLD THAT COMPANIES WERE ALREADY DOING PLENTY AND WERE ALREADY DOING PLENTY AND JUST NEEDED MORE CREDIT FOR IT. JUST NEEDED MORE CREDIT FOR IT. I SAW DENIALS ABOUT THE AGE OF I SAW DENIALS ABOUT THE AGE OF YOUNG CHILDREN WHO ARE USING YOUNG CHILDREN WHO ARE USING SOME OF OUR MOST POPULAR MR. SOME OF OUR MOST POPULAR MR. FOREMANS. FOREMANS.>>Reporter: THE NEW GENERATION>>Reporter: THE NEW GENERATION OF ROYALS, INCLUDING KATE AND OF ROYALS, INCLUDING KATE AND MEGHAN, HAVE BEEN TAKING A HIGH MEGHAN, HAVE BEEN TAKING A HIGH PROFILE, SPEAKING OUT ON ISSUES. PROFILE, SPEAKING OUT ON ISSUES. BUT THIS WAS SOMETHING BUT THIS WAS SOMETHING DIFFERENT. DIFFERENT. WILLIAM’S SPEECH, WHILE WILLIAM’S SPEECH, WHILE MENTIONING NO NAMES, WAS A MENTIONING NO NAMES, WAS A THINLY-VEILED CRITIQUE OF SOCIAL THINLY-VEILED CRITIQUE OF SOCIAL MEDIA LEADERS, LIKE FACEBOOK’S MEDIA LEADERS, LIKE FACEBOOK’S MARK ZUCKERBERG. MARK ZUCKERBERG.>>TO THE LEADERS OF SOME OF THE>>TO THE LEADERS OF SOME OF THE MOST VALUABLE COMPANIES ON MOST VALUABLE COMPANIES ON EARTH, HAS BEEN SO FAST, THEY EARTH, HAS BEEN SO FAST, THEY MAY STRUGGLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT MAY STRUGGLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEIR INCENTIVES HAVE CHANGED. THEIR INCENTIVES HAVE CHANGED. THE NOISE OF SHAREHOLDERS, THE NOISE OF SHAREHOLDERS, BOTTOM LINES AND PROFITS ARE BOTTOM LINES AND PROFITS ARE DISTRACTIONING THEM FROM WHAT DISTRACTIONING THEM FROM WHAT MADE THEM POPULAR IN THE FIRST MADE THEM POPULAR IN THE FIRST PLACE. PLACE.>>Reporter: TWITTER, FACEBOOK,>>Reporter: TWITTER, FACEBOOK, GOOGLE, CRITICIZED BY LAWMAKERS GOOGLE, CRITICIZED BY LAWMAKERS OF RUSSIAN MEDDLING IN THE OF RUSSIAN MEDDLING IN THE ELECTION AND FAKE NEWS. ELECTION AND FAKE NEWS. PRINCE WILLIAM SUGGESTING PRINCE WILLIAM SUGGESTING THEY’RE NOT LISTENING. THEY’RE NOT LISTENING.>>I’M CONCERNED, THOUGH.>>I’M CONCERNED, THOUGH. EN EVERY CHALLENGE THEY FACE, EN EVERY CHALLENGE THEY FACE, FAKE NEWS, EXTREMISM, FAKE NEWS, EXTREMISM, POLLERIZATION, HATE SPEECH, POLLERIZATION, HATE SPEECH, TROLLING, MENTAL HEALTH, PRIVACY TROLLING, MENTAL HEALTH, PRIVACY AND BULLYING, OUR TECH LEADERS AND BULLYING, OUR TECH LEADERS SEEM TO BE ON THE BACK FOOT. SEEM TO BE ON THE BACK FOOT.>>Reporter: WILLIAM ENDING WITH>>Reporter: WILLIAM ENDING WITH A PLEA. A PLEA.>>YOU CAN REJECT THE FALSE>>YOU CAN REJECT THE FALSE PROPHETS OR VALUES, YOU CAN PROPHETS OR VALUES, YOU CAN CHOOSE TO BE GOOD AND CHOOSE TO BE GOOD AND SUCCESSFUL, YOU CAN WORK IN THE SUCCESSFUL, YOU CAN WORK IN THE INTEREST OF CHILDREN AND PARENTS INTEREST OF CHILDREN AND PARENTS WHO USE YOUR PRODUCTS AND MAKE WHO USE YOUR PRODUCTS AND MAKE YOUR SHAREHOLDERS HAPPY. YOUR SHAREHOLDERS HAPPY. WE NOT ONLY WANT YOU TO SUCCEED, WE NOT ONLY WANT YOU TO SUCCEED, WE NEED YOU TO. WE NEED YOU TO. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.>>Reporter: WE NEED YOU TO>>Reporter: WE NEED YOU TO SUCCEED. SUCCEED. IT IS STUNNING. IT IS STUNNING. JUST WHEN COMPANIES LIKE JUST WHEN COMPANIES LIKE FACEBOOK ARE FACING SO MUCH FACEBOOK ARE FACING SO MUCH SCRUTINY, TO SEE THE ROYALS SCRUTINY, TO SEE THE ROYALS EFFECTIVELY PILING ON, GUYS. EFFECTIVELY PILING ON, GUYS. THERE’S ANOTHER TALKING POINT THERE’S ANOTHER TALKING POINT HERE. HERE. SOME FOLKS WON’T WANT ME TO SAY SOME FOLKS WON’T WANT ME TO SAY IT, THESE ROYALS ARE NOT IT, THESE ROYALS ARE NOT ELECTED, THEY’RE NOT ELECTED, THEY’RE NOT POLITICIANS. POLITICIANS. SHOULD THEY BE WEIGHING IN ON SHOULD THEY BE WEIGHING IN ON POLITICAL ISSUES LIKE THIS OR POLITICAL ISSUES LIKE THIS OR QUESTIONING THE WAY U.S. QUESTIONING THE WAY U.S. COMPANIES COMMERCIALLY OPERATE? COMPANIES COMMERCIALLY OPERATE? THERE WILL BE TWO SIDES TO THIS THERE WILL BE TWO SIDES TO THIS ARGUMENT. ARGUMENT. BUT AMAZING TO HEAR PRINCE BUT AMAZING TO HEAR PRINCE WILLIAM TALKING LIKE THAT.