‘I don’t agree with him’ Lorraine Kelly blasts Prince William over space race comments

Prince William: Lorraine Kelly says ‘I don’t agree with him’

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Lorraine Kelly told ITV viewers she “didn’t agree at all” with the Duke of Cambridge’s remarks over the space race during Thursday’s instalment of her show. It comes after Prince William took a veiled swipe at billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos launching a rocket made by his company during an exclusive interview with BBC Newscast’s Adam Fleming.

During the episode, Lorraine and space specialist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock discussed Mr Bezos blasting off to the edge of space with Star Trek actor William Shatner and two other passengers on Wednesday.

The pair both expressed their excitement about the historic flight before moving on to The Duke of Cambridge’s comments about the space race. 

They discussed the Duke’s interview, aired on Thursday’s instalment of BBC Breakfast, which saw him warn viewers “if we’re not careful we’re robbing from our children’s future through what we do now” as focus turns to the space race rather than tackling climate change.

However, Lorraine told her viewers she completely disagreed with William’s remarks from the interview. 

The 61-year-old host said: “Prince William has had a bit of a go and I don’t agree with him at all as space travel has given us so much knowledge.”

Lorraine said space travel has “enhanced our lives” and has given scientists a greater understanding of climate change and communication. 

“And going into space is more about what we can do for the earth actually,” she added.

“I think people forget that sometimes. So I wouldn’t agree with him at all.”

Dr Maggie interjected: “So I don’t agree with him, but I have expressed a similar sentiment. 

“And I go out and see thousands of school kids and try and encourage them into STEM [Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] through space.”

Dr Maggie is a space scientist, science communicator and presenter of the BBC’s The Sky at Night. She is an honorary research associate of University College London’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.

She added: “I say [to children] it feels as if we’ve had a wild party here on earth and we’ve made a bit of a mess of it and now we’re looking at the next planet and we need to learn lessons on here first.”

Dr Maggie told Lorraine learning about space is “fundamental” and something “we must do”.

Despite her jab at Prince William’s comments, Lorraine admitted she could understand some of his points about the space race. 

She said: “I hear what Prince William is saying and I understand, but I don’t think he is right at all. It is about both.” 

The Duke of Cambridge said having children has made him “see the world differently” during his BBC interview. 

He explained: “I want the things that I’ve enjoyed – the outdoor life, nature, the environment – I want that to be there for my children, and not just my children but everyone else’s children.

“If we’re not careful we’re robbing from our children’s future through what we do now. And I think that’s not fair.”

William added: “I want to use my little bit of influence/profile to highlight incredible people doing incredible things and will genuinely help fix some of these problems.” 

Lorraine airs weekdays on ITV between 9am and 10am. 

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