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US NewsKate and William catch budget flight back from Scottish holiday with their children after earning praise for shunning private jets favoured by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

08:15  28 august  2019
08:15  28 august  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Prince William, Kate Middleton and their children are seen getting off a £73 budget flight to Scotland amid row over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's summer of private jet trips

Prince William, Kate Middleton and their children are seen getting off a £73 budget flight to Scotland amid row over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's summer of private jet trips Prince William, Kate Middleton and their children took the 8.45am economy FlyBe flight from Norwich to Aberdeen this morning.

Prince William , Kate Middleton and their children flew back from Aberdeen to Norwich today Prince William and Kate seen getting off a flight from Aberdeen to Norwich. Couple can be seen with Meghan Markle carries baby son Archie on to a luxury private jet after she and Prince Harry

Prince William , Kate Middleton and their children are seen getting off a £73 budget flight to Scotland amid row over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 's Couple can be seen with their children as they step off the economy FlyBe plane. They are thought to be heading to Balmoral to visit the Queen and

Kate and William catch budget flight back from Scottish holiday with their children after earning praise for shunning private jets favoured by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle © Press Association Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 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.

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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.

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Meghan angry Queen praise Kate and William after catch budget flight back from Scottish holiday .

Kate and Prince William take children on £73 budget flight after Meghan Markle jet row. KATE and Prince William have been spotted taking a budget flight to Scotland with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis days after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry faced a backlash

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.

Kate and William catch budget flight back from Scottish holiday with their children after earning praise for shunning private jets favoured by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Duke of Cambridge can be seen with his children at Aberdeen airport this morning

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.

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The private trip comes after Prince William was accused of being 'workshy' when it was revealed he worked just 80 hours a month as an ambulance pilot with East Royal tradition: Princes William and Prince Harry with their mother Diana, Princess of Wales during their 1992 skiing holiday to Austria.

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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.'

Kate and William catch budget flight back from Scottish holiday with their children after earning praise for shunning private jets favoured by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Kate Middleton is walking behind her husband and the other children while she holds Louis The passenger added: 'Earlier in the flight, I'd had the feeling that someone had come on the plane that I'd recognised - but I thought it was just a footballer.

'We landed, and people then saw two black Range Rovers on the tarmac.

'Suddenly, Will, Kate, and the kids all got up, and left.

'They weren't harassed by anyone at all as they got off the plane. They just seemed like a family travelling together to be honest.

'No one saw them get on the plane either. It was amazing how they did it - they must have slipped on quietly, after people were already seated.

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William and Kate helped their son step off the plane after it touched down in Victoria, Canada, at 4pm local Meanwhile her husband Prince William joked he hoped their children were not 'tearing up' the Government William praised Canada as 'a country much esteemed for its strong values' and said

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'I couldn't believe my eyes. You don't expect to see royalty on a budget airliner.'

Kate and William catch budget flight back from Scottish holiday with their children after earning praise for shunning private jets favoured by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Meghan Markle carries baby son Archie on to a luxury private jet after she and Prince Harry enjoyed a three-day family holiday at Sir Elton John's stunning £15 million in the south of France Last week, looking like your archetypal family man on holiday, Prince William was seen clutching a number of bags while George and Charlotte run excitably alongside him.

Surprised passengers saw Kate walking just behind her husband and holding Louis, one, alongside the family's nanny Maria Borrallo.

Kate and William catch budget flight back from Scottish holiday with their children after earning praise for shunning private jets favoured by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A graphic showing the various flight's undertaken by Prince Harry and wife Meghan in recent weeks 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.

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Kate and William catch budget flight back from Scottish holiday with their children after earning praise for shunning private jets favoured by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Prince Harry and Meghan are pictured stepping on board a private jet on Saturday Kate and William catch budget flight back from Scottish holiday with their children after earning praise for shunning private jets favoured by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The couple had arrived in France three days earlier

He said: 'There was a lot of nonsense spoken earlier in the week about how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle needed to fly in private jets because of security concerns.

'But the Royal Family have been using cheap airlines for years, Princess Diana would do it frequently.

'William and Kate flying on a budget airline proves you can do it, there was no trouble on the flight, and if there was they have their protection officers.

Kate and William catch budget flight back from Scottish holiday with their children after earning praise for shunning private jets favoured by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Harry and Meghan have been outspoken on environmental issues in recent months despite still travelling by private jet 'It's a shrewd move by the Duke of Cambridge and great for the public. They get to see the heir to the throne and his children who are next in line, and if they can fly budget then surely Harry, Meghan and their child are able to as well.

'A lot of people are claiming the royals are costing too much at the moment, and William is putting his money where his mouth is by going budget.'

A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: 'We do not comment on what they do with their private time as a family.'

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's private jet

Kate and William catch budget flight back from Scottish holiday with their children after earning praise for shunning private jets favoured by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Cessna Sovereign Plane

Make of the plane: Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign

Top speed: 592 mph

Menu: Anything you want

Number of seats: 12

Other amenities: Plush seats, huge bathrooms, personal television monitors and LED lighting with a dimmer switch

Price for their flight: Around £20,000

Prince William and Kate Middleton's budget plane

Kate and William catch budget flight back from Scottish holiday with their children after earning praise for shunning private jets favoured by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A FlyBe ERJ plane

Make of the plane: Part of the ERJ series popular with budget airlines

Top speed: 598 mph

Menu: Any pastry and a hot drink for £4

Number of seats: 44

Other amenities: Every passenger has a window or aisle seat and there is roomy overhead locker space

Price for their flight: £365

Reports of a feud between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Prince William and Kate have circulated ever since Meghan Markle joined the Royal Family.

Veteran royal watcher Phil Dampier, author of Royally Suited : Harry and Meghan In Their Own Words said : 'The contrast between William and Kate and their family travelling on a cheap budget flight to Scotland and Harry and Meghan using private jets couldn't be starker.

'A cynic might say the Cambridges have done it deliberately, bearing in mind all the recent stories about the two brothers and their wives not getting on.

'After all Meghan told Vogue magazine she didn't want to be on the cover of the magazine she edited because it would have been boastful knowing full well Kate had been a cover girl.

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Kate and William catch budget flight back from Scottish holiday with their children after earning praise for shunning private jets favoured by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sir Elton John confirmed in an Instagram post that he had paid for Harry and Meghan to fly to and from his mansion

'And Harry and Meghan made a point of saying they were only having two children to save the planet knowing William and Kate had three.

'Could this be William and Kate hitting back? At the very least they would have known they would have been criticised if they had taken a private jet.'

It comes as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have found themselves embroiled in a hypocrisy row after being pictured leaving the south of France on Saturday, their fourth trip by private jet.

Harry and Meghan, who have been outspoken on environmental issues in recent months, generated an estimated seven times the emissions per person compared to a commercial flight when flying home from Nice.

Photographs of the royal couple and three-month-old Archie showed the family stepping on board the Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign jet on Saturday at about 3pm local time, having arrived in France three days earlier.

The use of private jets has prompted criticism of the couple but Sir Elton John and actress Jamila Jameel have defended them.

Kate and William catch budget flight back from Scottish holiday with their children after earning praise for shunning private jets favoured by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Last Wednesday, Meghan was pictured holding baby Archie as she stepped off the private jet upon their arrival in Nice

Sir Elton claimed he had ensured Prince Harry and Meghan's flight to and from the French Riviera last week were carbon neutral by making the 'appropriate contribution' to a carbon footprint fund.

He condemned the 'relentless and untrue assassinations on their character' and wrote on social media that he had made sure the flight was carbon neutral by making the 'appropriate contribution' to a carbon footprint fund.

Meanwhile The Good Place star claimed it was not safe for 'civilians' to be on the same flights as members of the royal family.

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She tweeted: 'Ugh. Dear England and English press, just say you hate her because she's black, and him for marrying a black woman and be done with it God dammit. Your bullying is so embarrassing and obvious. You've all lost your marbles. It's 2019. Grow up.

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Royal experts said the British public do not want to be 'lectured on climate change by those who don't do follow their own advice', while MPs said the trips do not 'fit with their public image' they project as eco-warriors.

The couple visited the £15million palatial home of Castel Mont-Alban owned by Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish overlooking the Promenade des Anglais during their holiday to the French Riviera.

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Kate and William catch budget flight back from Scottish holiday with their children after earning praise for shunning private jets favoured by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
The trip to Nice came shortly after Harry and Meghan, who married in May last year, had returned by private jet to the UK from Ibiza after a six-night break on the Spanish island to mark the Duchess's 38th birthday.

Last Wednesday, Harry and Meghan had arrived in France on a 12-seater Cessna aircraft, despite there being more than 20 scheduled commercial flights from London to Nice each Wednesday costing as little as £100 each.

The Cessna plane would have cost more than £20,000 to hire, meaning Harry and Meghan could have taken 200 flights to Nice for the same price.

The visit to France came after their first Mediterranean holiday of the summer - a trip to Ibiza which saw them fly out on August 6 before returning last Monday. Both journeys were again made by private jet.

Veteran royal watcher Phil Dampier told MailOnline today: 'Whether you think recent criticism of Harry and Meghan is fair or not it's worrying to me that they don't seem to care and aren't about to change their behaviour.

'They must have known that taking private jets four times in quick succession would leave them open to charges of hypocrisy but they just went ahead and did it anyway.

'They are not unique - other royals have taken private jets, but they have been criticised over the years as well. I certainly don't believe they are getting a bad press because the British public are racist.

'It is simply that people don't like to be lectured on climate change by those who don't do follow their own advice.'

The author of 'Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan In Their Own Words' added: 'Some families slave away all year to afford one nice holiday and they shouldn't be made to feel guilty about harming the planet when Harry and Meghan are swanning about in luxury.'

Kate and William catch budget flight back from Scottish holiday with their children after earning praise for shunning private jets favoured by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Duke and Duchess of Sussex speak with Sir Elton John at The Lion King premiere in London's Leicester Square on July 14 Meanwhile Paul Morozzo, a climate campaigner for Greenpeace UK, told MailOnline: 'An airliner is over ten times as polluting as a modern train, and private jets are ten times more polluting still.

'It's vitally important that all frequent fliers reduce the number of flights they take if we are to confront the climate emergency, and that means the last thing we should be doing is building new runways anywhere in the UK.'

Labour MP Teresa Pearce said: 'Given the position they have taken publicly about being responsible on climate change, this does seem an anomaly which they should look at.

'I find this quite surprising because it doesn't fit with their public image and the way they're so concerned about the planet and the environment.'

Ken Wharfe, an ex-royal protection officer who guarded Princess Diana, said: 'Frankly it's hypocritical. Harry can't be preaching about the catastrophic effects of climate change while jetting around the world on a private plane.'

Kensington Palace declined to comment on Harry and Meghan's trip when contacted by MailOnline.

Kate and William catch budget flight back from Scottish holiday with their children after earning praise for shunning private jets favoured by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Duke and Duchess sparked fury among some of their followers on Instagram by posting a quote from Archbishop Desmond Tutu about doing 'your little bit of good'

Friends of the Earth climate change campaigner Aaron Kiely said last week: 'The Duke of Sussex speaks wonderful and stirring words on the environment and then he flies off on holiday to a European destination in a private jet.

'He could have taken a train and then a boat. This would have been the perfect opportunity to set an environmental example.'

Kate and William catch budget flight back from Scottish holiday with their children after earning praise for shunning private jets favoured by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Instagram reaction to the Sussex Royal post On August 6, the first day of the holiday to Ibiza, the only private plane travelling to Ibiza from Farnborough Airport was a Gulfstream 200, which can hold up to 19 people.

It left at 7.49am UK time and touched down on the Balearic island at 10.49am local time.

Kate and William catch budget flight back from Scottish holiday with their children after earning praise for shunning private jets favoured by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Kate and William catch budget flight back from Scottish holiday with their children after earning praise for shunning private jets favoured by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Kate and William catch budget flight back from Scottish holiday with their children after earning praise for shunning private jets favoured by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Kate and William catch budget flight back from Scottish holiday with their children after earning praise for shunning private jets favoured by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Kate and William catch budget flight back from Scottish holiday with their children after earning praise for shunning private jets favoured by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Six days later, on Monday of last week, a nine-seater Cessna 500 XL, owned by NetJets, left Ibiza at 10.14am local time and landed at Farnborough at 11.20am UK time and is understood to have been carrying the royals.

At least one leg of the journey is understood to have been booked through NetJets, which has earned the nicknames 'Hertz For Heirs' or 'Uber for billionaires' because it serves the wealthy.

It is not known who paid for the flights, which would have cost around £20,000 return. But NetJets are linked to Harry's close friend Nacho Figueras, an Argentine sportsman known as the 'David Beckham of polo'.

Mr Figeuras is understood to own one of the jets and often uses his social media profiles to promote them. It is also possible they may have borrowed a private jet from a friend whose plane is managed by a hire company.

NetJets has 750 planes for hire worldwide and boasts of offering an 'unmatched experience' to rich clients.

Once in Ibiza, the couple stayed in the Vista Alegre gated complex of sea-facing mansions and were guarded by British and Spanish state security personnel.

There was also anger at the lack of transparency surrounding the trip, with royal representatives refusing to disclose how much it cost taxpayers.

A source on the island told MailOnline the royals landed in Ibiza on August 6 with several taxpayer-funded Metropolitan Police bodyguards.

They added that five close protection officers from the Spanish security forces joined the group escorting them to their private villa.

The most expensive villas overlooking the azure waters of Ibiza's Porroig Bay are listed at £20,000 per week, but the price of others on enquiry rises to £120,000 per week, reported the Sun.

Buckingham Palace claimed that it was a private matter and declined to comment.

Harry and Meghan's trip to France was estimated to have had a carbon footprint of just over three tons and their earlier trip to Ibiza was believed to have had a footprint of more than four tons. The carbon footprint of an average person in the UK is 13 tons a year.

Meanwhile, it was reported last week that Harry and Meghan asked the Queen if they could live in Windsor Castle when they were planning their life together.

She was said to have politely, but firmly, suggested that they move to Frogmore Cottage instead.

The couple's decision to use a private jet for their Ibiza trip means the journey would have emitted six times more carbon dioxide per person than a scheduled flight from London to the Spanish island.

The flights there and back would have given out 12.5 tons of carbon dioxide. There are around 14 scheduled flights from London and the South East to Ibiza each day.

Their choice of transport flew in the face of their frequent public pronouncements on green issues.

In an interview published in the September issue of Vogue with conservationist Jane Goodall, Harry revealed that he and Meghan wanted a 'maximum' of two children because of environmental concerns.

The issue was guest-edited by the Duchess and she chose climate change activist Greta Thunberg as one of her 'forces for change' to be put on the front cover.

Greta, 16, travelled to New York from England by boat because she refuses to travel by plane.

The couple's string of private-jet flights also comes after Harry attended a 'green summit' organised by tech giant Google in Sicily at the end of July where he delivered an impassioned speech on saving the environment.

He was reportedly barefoot as he gave his lecture to VIPs and power-brokers. However, it was claimed Google paid for his flights and a helicopter to a luxury resort where he is said to have stayed on a gas-guzzling super-yacht.

Other Royals have used cheap airlines for their flights alongside the public. Prince Harry boarded a Wizz Air flight from Luton to Transylvania in 2012 and in 2015 Prince William, 37, used a Ryanair plane to get to Scotland.

In 2011 he was also joined by wife Kate, also 37, on a Flybe flight to Zara and Mike Tindall's wedding.

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Sir Elton attacks 'malicious' accounts of Harry and Meghan's visit.
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