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William Shatner hits back as Prince William

STAR Trek’s William Shatner has hit back after Prince William slammed ‘space tourism’ following the actor’s flight to the edge of space.

The 90-year-old became the oldest ever astronaut on October 13 – the same day Duke of Cambridge urged “the world’s greatest brains” to concentrate on “repairing this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live”.

But Captain Kirk actor Shatner today said the duke had “got the wrong idea” and his trip was actually the first of many “baby steps” to help shift polluters off Earth.

He told Entertainment Tonight: “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.”

Instead of finding an alternative home for humans, Shatner said his trip to space was actually about protecting planet Earth.

“The idea here is not to go, ‘Yeah, look at me. I’m in space’,” he said.

“The landing that consumed all that energy and people to take a look and go, ‘Oh, look at that.’ No. 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.”

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