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 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.
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