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Speaking to the BBC, William said: “We have seen everyone trying to kickstart space tourism… we need some of the greatest brains and minds in the world to try to fix this planet, not to try to find the next place to go and life. “
The Duke of Cambridge’s comments – which aired in full on Thursday – come the same week 90-year-old actor William Shatner was launched into space by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin.
In a face-to-face conversation with Bezos after his return to Earth, Shatner said, “What you have given me is the most profound experience I can imagine. I am so filled with emotion about what just happened. Bezos himself performed a space flight on July 20.
While these companies have generated a significant amount of publicity and interest, it looks like the UK’s second in line to the throne will not be using their services anytime soon.
The BBC asked William if he would ever like to be a space tourist. “I have absolutely no interest in going that high,” he replied. The BBC also reported it as having said there was a “fundamental issue” related to the carbon footprint of such trips.
In an interview with CNN in July before his trip, he was told that critics called such space flights “rides for the rich” and that his time, money and energy would be better spent focusing. on earthly problems.
“Well, I say they are mostly right,” he replied. “We have to do both… we have a lot of problems here and now on Earth and we have to work on it, and we have to always look to the future – we have always done that as a species, as a civilization. We have to do both.
The Duke of Cambridge is not the only member of the British royal family to speak out on the environment. In September 2020, her father, Prince Charles, called for a “Marshall-type plan for nature, people and the planet”.
Earlier this week Charles told the BBC: “My old Aston Martin, which I’ve had for 51 years, works, can you believe it, with a surplus of English white wine and whey from the manufacturing process of the cheese. “