Prince William Says Billionaires Should ‘Fix Earth First’ As He Slams Space Race

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Prince William has claimed billionaires with the ‘greatest brains and minds’ should focus on ‘repairing planet Earth’ before visiting others.

The Duke of Cambridge made the comments in an interview about climate change with BBC Newscast at Kensington Palace.

Appearing to rebuke Amazon chief Jeff Bezo sending Star Trek’s William Shatner to space, the Royal 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.”

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He also shared his thoughts on the Cop26 summit in Glasgow next month, where world leaders will gather to discuss solutions to global warming.

He said: “I think for Cop to communicate very clearly and very honestly what the problems are and what the solutions are going to be, is critical.

“We can’t have more clever speak, clever words but not enough action.”

Prince William is about to launch his inaugural Earthshot prize which will see five winners scoop a £1million prize for offering solutions to the planet’s problems.

The ‘space race’ the father-of-three was reportedly referring to saw actor William Shatner spend three minutes in space, alongside astronauts Chris Boshuizen, Glen de Vries, and Audrey Powers, after travelling there on the Amazon tycoon’s rocket.

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When Shatner arrived in space, he decided it is something ‘everyone on Earth’ should do.

He said: “Everybody in the world needs to do this. To see the blue colour whip by and now you’re staring into [the] blackness, that’s the thing.

“The covering of blue, this sheath, this blanket, this comforter of blue that we have around, we say, ‘Oh, that’s blue sky’. And then suddenly you shoot through it all, and you’re looking into blackness, into black ugliness.”

Breaking down in tears, he told Bezos: “I’m so filled with emotion with what just happened. I hope I never recover from this.”

Fellow billionaire Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, has also announced ambitious plans to colonise Mars and build Tesla cars there.

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