Actor William Shatner, who's currently aboard Jeff Bezos' ship to space, has responded to Prince William's strong words against space travel.
"He's a lovely Englishman. He's going to be king of England one day," the Star Trek lead told Entertainment Tonight. "He's a lovely, gentle, educated man, but he's got the wrong idea."
"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," the TV star explained. "I would tell the prince, and I hope the prince gets the message, this is a baby step into the idea of getting industry up there, so that all those polluting industries, especially, for example, the industries that make electricity ... off of Earth."
"We've got all the technology, the rockets, to send the things up there. You can build a base 250, 280 miles above the Earth and send that power down here, and they catch it, and they then use it, and it's there," the Emmy winner continued. "All it needs is ... somebody as rich as Jeff Bezos [to say], 'Let's go up there.'"
"The prince is missing the point," Shatner insisted. "The point is these are the baby steps to show people [that] it's very practical. You can send somebody like me up into space."
On October 14, one day after the ship launched, the Duke of Cambridge explained to BBC that we should all be focused on healing the earth instead of exploring the unknown.
"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 explained while discussing climate change. "I think that ultimately is what sold it for me — that really is quite crucial to be focusing on this [planet] rather than giving up and heading out into space to try and think of solutions for the future."
The father-of-three added that he has "absolutely no interest" in space travel.