Prince William opens up about giving children ‘burden of worry’
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Star Trek legend William Shatner made the historic flight into space at the age of 90. Prince William recently admitted he was not too impressed by the actor’s lifelong dream – but Vanessa Feltz hit out at the Duke of Cambridge for his lack of support.
The 59-year-old addressed William’s space adventure on This Morning earlier this week.
His trip – on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin capsule New Shepard – lasted around 11 minutes from take-off to landing, with those onboard spending a few minutes floating around in microgravity.
The capsule then returned safely, touching down in west Texas to be welcomed back to Earth by Bezos.
William was overcome with emotion when he returned and said that his dreams had come true.
Speaking in a candid interview this week, the Duke of Cambridge suggested entrepreneurs should focus on saving Earth rather than engaging in space tourism.
The royal said great brains and minds should be “trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live”.
William spoke to the BBC’s Newscast ahead of the first Earthshot Prize to reward those trying to save the planet.
Speaking about his comments on This Morning, Vanessa said she is a huge fan of the royal but did not agree with him on this occasion.
“I’m a huge fan of Prince William, I don’t think he ever puts a foot wrong – but today I think is the exception,” Vanessa insisted.
“First of all, they are not mutually exclusive. We can have the very best minds and geniuses focusing on earth and focusing on space.”
She continued: “I feel it sounds like a dissonant discordant note at the same moment of William Shatner’s absolute jubilation and his wonderful experience that people have found so moving.
“I reckon Prince William could have waited to share these thoughts.”
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The Star Trek legend has since addressed the Duke of Cambridge’s remarks following his journey into space.
The actor said that while the royal was a “lovely, gentle, educated man”, he had the “wrong idea” about the space race.
William told Entertainment Tonight: “The idea here is not to go, ‘Yeah, look at me. I’m in space’.
“The landing that consumed all that… energy and people to take a look and go, ‘Oh, look at that.’ No.
“I would tell the prince, and I hope the prince gets the message, this is a baby step into the idea of getting the industry up there, so that all those polluting industries, especially, for example, the industries that make electricity… off of Earth.”
He added the Prince was “missing the point” and that the mission was “very practical”.
William did however agree with the royal about issues needing to be addressed on earth.
The film star said the ten minutes he spent on board was “the most profound experience”.
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