Royal shock: Was William and Kate’s budget Scotland flight as eco-friendly as thought?

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KATE, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge’s decision to fly with their children on a standard flight to Scotland may have resulted in 4.5 extra tons of carbon emissions according to insiders.

The Cambridges travelled on a standard Flybe flight from Norwich to Aberdeen Image GETTY
The Cambridges travelled on a standard Flybe flight from Norwich to Aberdeen Image GETTY

The Cambridges travelled on a standard Flybe flight from Norwich to Aberdeen (Image GETTY)

Industry experts have said that without the royal’s knowledge, an empty flight was flown from Humberside to Norwich to ensure the Flybe brand would be on the aircraft the royals travelled on. The airline denies this but as reported by Mail Online flight logs suggest an empty flight was flown 123 miles down to Norfolk. The 8.40am flight is usually operated by Loganzir on behalf of Eastern Airways, Flybe’s franchise partner.

Flight record suggest the Loganzir craft took off 45 minutes later, empty.

Speaking to the Mail Online a source said: “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.”

A spokesman for Flybe said: “Flybe denies any involvement in the decision over which aircraft to fly on this route, which is fully operated by Eastern Airways.”

Kate and William have been married for just over eight years Image GETTY
Kate and William have been married for just over eight years Image GETTY

Kate and William have been married for just over eight years (Image GETTY)

Easter Air described questions about the flight as “immaterial, as long as all their passengers had a nice flight.”

Loganair said: “We operate services on the Norwich-Aberdeen route on behalf of Eastern Airways for Flybe – that is with Loganair aircraft and crew – but deployment of aircraft can and does change to meet airline operational requirements.”

William and Kate’s decision came after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle received criticism after it was revealed they had taken four private flights in eleven days.

According to sources on the Cambridge flight which was to visit the Queen at Balmoral, the royals slipped on quietly, sat in the front rows and exited first.

The line of succession to the British throne Image EXPRESS
The line of succession to the British throne Image EXPRESS

The line of succession to the British throne (Image EXPRESS)

William and Harry’s father Charles, Prince of Wales has long been an advocate of effective climate change action.

Speaking to Good Morning Britain about Charles during his state visit, Donald Trump said: “We were going to have a 15-minute chat. And it turned out to be an hour and a half. And he did most of the talking. He is really into climate change, and I think that’s great.”

Trump has been criticised by opponents for his climate change policies.

He notably pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK