[Malta's culture minister Jose] Herrera told the Times of Malta newspaper: "There are some artefacts that are important to Maltese natural heritage and which ended up overseas and deserve to be retrieved".
The scientific name for it is carcharocles megalodon, translating to "big tooth".
The 23-million-year-old fossil was discovered by Attenborough in Malta when he was holidaying on the Mediterranean island in the 1960s.
"There are some artefacts that are important to Maltese natural heritage and which ended up overseas and deserve to be retrieved", Herrera said in an interview to Times of Malta.
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Herrera continued, saying: "We rightly give a lot of attention to historical and artistic artefacts". However, it is not always the case with our natural history. "I am determined to direct a change in this attitude", the minister said.
A spokesperson said: "The minister's initial comments were based on the related national legislation in particular the Cultural Heritage Act, 2002 which superseded the previous legislation being the Antiquities (Protection) Act of 1910 and the Antiquities (Protection) Act of 1925".
After meeting in the grounds of Kensington Palace, Sir David told The Times that it was a "very nice domestic occasion".
Kensington Palace declined to comment.
This includes working together on William's Earthshot Prize, an ambitious global environment project announced last December to combat climate issues.