Jeremy Clarkson slams Prince Williams nonsense space race criticism ‘Dropped the ball
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Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, 61, has claimed that those who “advise” Prince William, 39, on what to say about certain topics “dropped the ball slightly” by letting him air his views on space travel. It comes after the Duke of Cambridge slammed the space race when Star Trek actor William Shatner, 90, became the oldest man to reach space on a Blue Origin rocket, from the company owned by biliionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
Bezos has been joined by fellow billionaires Richard Branson and Elon Musk, who have also developed their own space programmes.
Speaking ahead of his Earthshot Prize, Prince William criticised the move, telling the BBC: “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.”
Picking the Duke’s argument apart, Jeremy said in his latest column: “Doubtless this anti-rich, anti-business tone played well in millennial and woke focus groups, but it doesn’t really stand up to much scrutiny.
“Because one of the billionaires engaged in the new space race is Elon Musk, who made his fortune by designing and building electric cars.”
He added: “There have been claims that it’s massively polluting to launch a rocket.
“But that’s nonsense, because they run on hydrogen, which isn’t a fossil fuel, and oxygen, which isn’t either.
“And all that comes out of the back is water vapour.”
Despite disagreeing with William’s opinion on space travel, Jeremy added to The Sun: “He is no doubt a very lovely man and he has an almost impossible job. Waiting. And while waiting, being, not doing.
“But the day after he offered us his thoughts on space travel, he criticised people who drop litter.
“That’s safe ground, Your Highness.”
The Clarkson’s Farm star then jokingly continued: “And if you’d like, you can come to my farm and help me pick up the mountain of c**p that’s blown into the fields every day.
“And the old fridges that are dumped in the gateways.”
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Prince William’s complaints were also slammed by Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek series.
The actor told Entertainment Tonight: “The prince is missing the point.
“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.”
He added: “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.”
The star, who travelled into space last week, insisted part of the flight’s aim was to get “polluting industries” off Earth.
He explained: “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.”
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