William Shatner

William Shatner says Prince William has the wrong idea about space travel. Image via Twitter: @WilliamShatner

‘All about building a space base’: Shatner ‘educates’ Prince William

‘He’s a lovely Englishman, but…’: William Shatner defended his trip into space after Prince William ranted about how billionaires should rather focus on fixing the Earth.

William Shatner

William Shatner says Prince William has the wrong idea about space travel. Image via Twitter: @WilliamShatner

Star Trek star William Shatner has clapped back at Prince William after he criticised the world’s billionaires for focusing so much of their time and resources on space travel and tourism.

According to Shatner, the Prince is well educated, but has the wrong idea about why billionaires are investing so much into successful space ventures.

William Shatner breaks down the real reason behind space travel to Prince William

Prince William received a lot of attention for his comments on billionaires and their over-eagerness to build a habitat on foreign planets. Speaking during a BBC interview, Prince William said:

“We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live.”

His comments were made only a few days after 90-year-old William Shatner was orbited into space by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. While the duke made no mention of this, Shatner took it upon himself to respond while speaking during an Entertainment Tonight.

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“He’s a lovely Englishman. He’s going to be king of England one day. He’s a lovely, gentle, educated man, but he’s got the wrong idea,” he said.

Shatner, who became the oldest person to venture into space at the age of 90 in Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin on Wednesday this week, then went on to say that space travel is not about being able to brag about going into space.

It should rather encourage companies in energy resourcing to build bases in space so that Earth’s ecosystem can be spared.

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“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 off the Earth, especially, for example, the industries that make electricity…”

“We’ve got all the technology, the rockets, to send the things up there…You can build a base 250 or 280 miles above the Earth and send that power down here, and they catch it, and they then use it, and it’s there,” he added.

“All it needs is… somebody as rich as Jeff Bezos [to say], ‘Let’s go up there’.”

South African folk also share their thoughts on the great debate

Many locals appeared to be on the side of the billionaires. According to online comments, they should be allowed to spend their billions as they please.

Tristan Raga said:

“Keywords here are “their money”.How about William and his family advocate for governments doing their jobs and resolving issues. It’s not private citizens’ responsibility to solve the world’s issues.”

Louis Ferreira wrote:

“How many times do you think those Billionaires live? Once. Let them use their money the way they want to use it and the way they want to enjoy it. Most of them worked hard for it and it has nothing to do with you or any of us.”

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