Prince William says that he has 'absolutely no interest' in space tourism and that billionaires should focus on repairing the planet

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Prince William says that he has 'absolutely no interest' in space tourism and that billionaires should focus on repairing the planet
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  • Prince William said "the world's greatest brains and minds" should focus on repairing the planet.

  • William said his environmental concerns mean he has "absolutely no interest" in going to space.

  • He also told the BBC's Adam Fleming that "climate anxiety" was on the rise among young people.

Prince William said that those engaging in space tourism should focus on saving Earth first.

The 39-year-old told the BBC's Adam Fleming on Thursday that he had "absolutely no interest" in going to space himself and hoped the world's great minds would take environmental action.

William was discussing the surge in space tourism fueled by Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Sir Richard Branson with Fleming, BBC News' chief political correspondent and host of "Newscast."

"The idea the space race is on at the moment, we've seen everyone trying to get space tourism going - it's the idea that 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," William said.

"And I think that ultimately is what sold it for me, is that really is quite crucial: We need to be focusing on this one rather than giving up and heading out into space to try and think of solutions for the future," he added.

On Wednesday, Bezos flew four passengers including William Shatner, the 90-year-old actor who portrayed Captain James T. Kirk in "Star Trek," to the edge of space in a Blue Origin rocket. Shatner made history as the oldest person to reach that point, breaking a record set in July by the 82-year-old aviator Wally Funk.

In September, William revealed the 15 finalists for his inaugural Earthshot Prize, which aims to recognize those tackling issues affecting the planet, the BBC reported at the time. Five winners, who will each receive £1 million, will be announced in October.

In a TED Talk in October 2020, William said the prize's name stemmed from US President John F. Kennedy's Moonshot program that led to the first man walking on the moon in 1969.

"We must harness that same spirit of human ingenuity and purpose and turn it with laser-sharp focus and urgency on the most pressing challenge we have ever faced: repairing our planet," William said at the time.

William told Fleming there's a climate cost to space flights. He added that we should be improving the planet for younger generations who are experiencing "a rise in climate anxiety" and whose "futures are basically threatened the whole time."

When Fleming asked if William's children had started to "nag" him about this, William said George, 8, had picked up litter with his classmates but became confused and annoyed when they revisited the site the next day and saw that "pretty much all the same litter they'd picked up was back again."

William also said his father, Prince Charles, had a "hard road" discussing climate advocacy "very early on, before anyone else thought it was a topic."

Kensington Palace did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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