No-frills Wills: British royals take budget flight to see queen

In a photo taken on Aug 8, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge smiles next to Britain's Prince William as they attend a prize presentation ceremony in the Isle of Wright.
In a photo taken on Aug 8, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge smiles next to Britain's Prince William as they attend a prize presentation ceremony in the Isle of Wright. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Britain's Prince William has taken a commercial no-frills flight to visit his grandmother Queen Elizabeth, winning plaudits and favourable comparisons to his brother Harry after the younger sibling was criticised for using private jets.

Prince William, wife Kate and their children took a Flybe flight to Aberdeen en route to Queen Elizabeth's Scottish summer residence in Balmoral.

British newspapers said the flight cost £73 a ticket (S$123.59) and published pictures of Prince William carrying the family's luggage by hand to the plane.

"We were delighted to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their family on board one of our flights again, this time when they flew from Norwich to Aberdeen with our franchise partner, Eastern Airways," British regional airline Flybe said in a statement.

Kensington Palace declined to comment on the flight.

The trip came after high profile criticism of Prince William's brother Harry over his use of private jets to take trips with wife Meghan.

Singer Elton John defended Harry and Meghan after they took a private jet to stay with him in southern France. John said he had paid for the jet for security reasons and had also paid for carbon offsetting of the flights.

 

British media criticised Harry and Meghan as hypocrites for their use of private jets while also campaigning on environmental issues, the latest episode in the couple's increasingly difficult relationship with the British media.

Prince William's use of a commercial flight was held up as a shining example to his brother in the newspapers, with the front page of the Sun newspaper declaring "Wills gives Harry a flying lesson."