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Prince William criticises new space race and calls for more focus on protecting the planet

William, Duke of Cambridge
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The Duke of Cambridge has blasted billionaires who use their money to fund space travel.

Speaking to the BBC’s Newscast, 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.”

He added that he had no interest himself in going into space.

His comments came just hours after Star Trek actor, William Shatner, became the oldest person to go into space when he took off on a short trip at the invitation of Elon Musk and his Blue Origin initiative. Others, including Richard Branson, are also developing space projects.

William was speaking to Newscast ahead of the Earthshot Prize which will be handed out in the coming days to five projects focused on tackling climate change.

Focusing on the concerns among younger people over the environment, he said they were experiencing ”a rise in climate anxiety” and their ”futures are basically threatened the whole time”.

The Duke of Cambridge also had warm words for his father, the Prince of Wales, who has been an outspoken voice on the environment for decades. Prince William told presenter, Adam Fleming, that Prince Charles had ”talked about climate change a lot more, very early on, before anyone else thought it was a topic…he’s had a really rough ride on that and he’s been proven to have been well ahead of the curve.”

And he looked to the future, telling Newscast ”it would be an absolute disaster” if his eldest son, George, is still having the same conversations in a generation’s time.

The full BBC Newscast, with Adam Fleming talking to the Duke of Cambridge, can be heard on BBC Sounds from 4pm on October 14th 2021. The interview can also be seen on the BBC News Channel.

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Lydia Starbuck is Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.