Lorraine Kelly took issue with Prince William over the Royal’s comments following William Shatner’s space voyage yesterday.
Scots born ITV presenter Lorraine admitted she watched in both ‘excitement’ and ‘terror’ as the ninety year old Star Trek actor became the oldest person to fly in space.
The Royal appeared to hit out at those embarking on space tourism during an interview about climate change which emerged at the same time as Shatner’s Blue Origin mission.
The Prince said the population should be focusing on ‘fixing’ Earth’s problems instead of looking to space travel.
He 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.”
Lorraine hit back at the Prince’s comment during a chat with space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock, saying on her ITV show: “Prince William has had a bit of a go and I don’t agree with him at all because I think space travel has given us so much knowledge.
“It’s enhanced our lives, the things that we have learned about climate change, about communications, all of these things.
“And going into space is more about what we can do for the Earth, actually, I think people forget that sometimes. So I wouldn’t agree with him at all.”
Space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock said she understood Prince William’s view but that climate change can’t be the only thing we’re focusing on.
She added: “But it can’t be our only focus. Space is inspirational.”
Lorraine said: “I watched it live with a mix of excitement and terror . I want to do it. Lets the two of us do it Maggie. This has captured the imagination of the whole world.
Its not one or the other Maggie. I hear what he’s saying. I appreciate it but I don’t think it’s right at all. I think this is one of the most important things that has happened and i don’t think I’m exaggerating that. I did get very emotional and I shed a tear.”
“It brought back memories of Star Trek. It was a joyful moment and one we should celebrate.”