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Reports say Prince William and Kate Middleton’s $89 budget flight was flown over 100 miles to meet them, creating tons of extra carbon emissions
The budget airliner that Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge rode during a trip to visit the Queen in Scotland was flown over 100 miles to meet them, according to reports from the Daily Mail and The Scotsman. The royal couple and their children were scheduled to fly on an Eastern Airlines flight, but the plane was replaced by one from parent airline Flybe, the Mail reported. Flybe denied that in a statement to the Mail, saying: “Flybe denies any involvement in the decision over which aircraft to fly on this route, which is fully operated by Eastern Airways.” News of the plane’s extra journey, which likely created significant carbon emissions, comes just days after the couple were praised for flying commercial. They had been praised after criticism of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, who flew on a private jet from London to Nice. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. The budget airliner that Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge rode during a trip to visit the Queen in Scotland was flown over 100 miles to meet them, according to reports from the Daily Mail and The Scotsman. The couple had been widely praised for taking the $89 flight as they flew to Scotland to spend time with the rest of the royal family at the Queen’s Balmoral Estate, but reports suggest that budget airline Flybe flew a special plane from Humberside to Norwich for the flight. The Daily Mail reported that the decision was made by Flybe as the airline was keen that the royal couple flew on one its own aircraft, rather than that of the partner airline operating the flight.Read more: Prince William and Kate Middleton took an $89 budget flight just days after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle faced backlash for traveling by private jet Flybe denied that in a statement to the Mail, saying: “Flybe denies any involvement in the decision over which aircraft to fly on this route, which is fully operated by Eastern Airways.” William and Kate had been scheduled to fly from Norwich to Aberdeen on a flight normally operated by Scottish company Loganair on behalf of Eastern Airways, a franchise partner of Flybe. The plane they were scheduled to fly on was painted in the livery of Loganair, but was replaced in favor of a plane in Flybe colours, the Daily Mail reported. The plane the family eventually flew on was flown to Norwich from Humberside Airport, where the headquarters of Eastern Airways is based, the Daily Mail reported. It added that the original plane due to fly the route was flown from Norwich to Aberdeen empty around 45 minutes after William and Kate’s flight departed.Foto: A map of the UK showing key locations in Prince William and Kate Middleton’s trip.sourceGoogle MapsRead more: Kate Middleton reportedly turned down a free first class upgrade years before Harry and Meghan were criticized for flying by private jet News of the extra journey made by the jet comes after the couple were initially praised for taking a budget airliner just days after William’s brother Harry, and his wife Meghan Markle faced criticism for flying to Nice for a holiday on a private jet, despite frequently speaking out on climate change. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have always been outspoken about climate change, with Harry recently urging fans to leave “something better behind for the next generation” in an interview with British Vogue. “But I’ve always thought: this place is borrowed. And, surely, being as intelligent as we all are, or as evolved as we all are supposed to be, we should be able to leave something better behind for the next generation,” Harry said in the interview.Foto: sourceSamir Hussein/WireImage/ Getty ImagesRead more: Elton John said he paid for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s private jet to be made carbon neutral when they visited him in France, but it probably only cost $135 William and Kate are believed to be unaware of the plane switch, the Mail reported, with a source close to the family telling the paper: “It’s utterly extraordinary and makes a mockery of their family’s very laudable attempts to travel more economically and in a more environmentally friendly manner.” “An additional 4.5 tons of carbon emissions were created simply to ensure that an aircraft with Flybe written on the side operated the flight with the Royal party aboard, instead of the usual aircraft which flies the route. It’s obviously not their fault but is utterly ridiculous,” the person, who was not identified, continued. Kensington Palace declined to comment to the Daily Mail.The post Reports say Prince William and Kate Middleton’s $89 budget flight was flown over 100 miles to meet them, creating tons of extra carbon emissions appeared first on Business Insider Nederland.
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