Wednesday, February 21

Second budget flight for Royals



Prince William and Kate Middleton have taken a second short haul flight on a budget airline in a week.

The royal couple and their children flew from Aberdeen to Norwich at 2.40pm yesterday as they returned from visiting the Queen at Balmoral, they touched down in Norfolk just 50 minutes later, at 3.30pm.

The trip is believed to have cost £365 for the whole family and comes amid a row over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s four gas-guzzling trips on private jets in just 11 days.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex flew from London to Ibiza and back before making a return trip to Nice earlier this month, fuelling claims they were contributing to climate change.

In new pictures, Kate sports a green dress as she holds onto baby Louis, 16 months, while William holds the hands of Charlotte, four, and, George, six. Adorable Prince George was seen bounding up steps to board the plane, as little sister Princess Charlotte trailed behind.

The future King and his family arrived in a blacked out Range Rover which was driven straight onto the runway, they were accompanied by their nanny Maria Borrallo and a security guard.

The Cambridges second appearance on a cheap flight will inevitably lead to comparisons with William’s brother Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, who have been branded hypocrites over their use of private jets despite preaching a green doctrine.

Wililam and Kate were first seen boarding a plane from Norwich International Airport to Aberdeen Airport to visit William’s grandparents at the Queen’s summer home last week. The family traditionally spend the August bank holiday weekend at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire.

Speaking to MailOnline, a passenger on the plane from Norwich to Aberdeen said: ‘The family were sat right at the front. I fly this route all the time and we were none the wiser. No-one knew they were on the flight.

‘Later on I realised that Kate’s mother was sat a few rows in front of me.’

The family-of-five are presumed to have been returning to their Norfolk residence, Amner Hall. The estate, which was a wedding gift from the Queen, is used by the Cambridges throughout the summer.

Royal author Robert Jobson, who wrote a best-selling biography on Prince Charles, said it proved the Royal Family could take regular commercial flights.