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Prince William and Kate take budget flight amid royal private jet row

Economy class-act: Kate and Wills were spotted going budget on a family trip to Scotland. REUTERS

Prince William and Kate take budget flight amid royal private jet row

Prince William and Kate take budget flight amid royal private jet row

Imagine taking a flight with members of the royal family, including the future King of England.

Well that’s a claim to fame around 100 English passengers can now make after Prince William, Kate and their children took a budget flight in the UK on Thursday morning.

Flyers on the regular FlyBe connection from the English city of Norwich to Aberdeen in Scotland were blissfully unaware they were in the company of the royals until they boarded at the last minute.

The chance spotting comes amid the ongoing furore surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and their use of private jets.

This week the Duke and Duchess of Sussex took their fourth flight by private jet in the space of four days, flying in the face of their eco-conscious brand and undermining their perception as advocates for climate change.

Prince William and Kate ‘go budget’

In stark contrast, the future King of England, along with wife Kate and their children, were seen on the economy FlyBe flight from Norwich to Aberdeen on Thursday morning (local time).

Plane-spotting? The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were spotted on a cheap flight to Scotland yesterday. REUTERS

Plane-spotting? The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were spotted on a cheap flight to Scotland yesterday. REUTERS

It’s believed the family are visiting the Queen at Balmoral.

A quick search on FlyBe’s website shows that a ticket on that route costs around £75.

A passenger on the flight told The Daily Mail, “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.”

Another told the Express, “They weren’t harassed by anyone at all as they got off the plane. They just seemed like a family traveling together, to be honest.”

Harry and Meghan’s flights of fantasy

The frugal flight to Scotland has further highlighted Harry and Meghan’s more opulent means of travel, and the message it sends.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have taken two recent trips by private jet. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have taken two recent trips by private jet. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Over the past two weeks, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been labeled “hypocrites” for taking four private jets in quick succession, despite being active campaigners for climate sustainability and environmental issues.

One royal expert says the dilemma shows they simply ‘can’t win’.

Elton John says he sent his own jet to fly Harry and Meghan to Nice. REUTERS

Elton John says he sent his own jet to fly Harry and Meghan to Nice. REUTERS

Critics have been quick to point out the environmental cost of their two recent trips, the first being a jaunt to Ibiza to celebrate Markle’s 38th birthday, followed by a holiday in Nice which was arranged and paid for by Elton John.

The singer announced publicly that he sent his own jet to carry the royal couple and made and an appropriate contribution to Carbon Footprint.

However, that hasn’t appeared to improve public perception of the pair in some quarters, with many critics questioning whether they can keep their eco-warrior badge.

That view will only be dimmed further after the second-in-line to the throne was seen flying his family by more economical means.

More from MiNDFOOD on Harry and Meghan’s jet debacle:

Harry and Meghan ‘can’t win’, critics refuse to cool their jets

Elton John reveals he flew Harry and Meghan to Nice on his own jet

Harry and Meghan court controversy for flying by private jet to Ibizia

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