MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry will not be joining Prince William and Kate at Balmoral, according to a royal source.
The Cambridge family arrived in Aberdeen yesterday after taking a budget flight from Norwich to visit the Queen at her Scottish residence. But the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will apparently go to see Her Majesty on her summer break next month instead.
An insider told The Sun: “Harry and Meghan won’t be going up at the same time as William and the cousins. They plan to go next month.”
William and Kate were spotted at the airport with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Princess Louis on Thursday.
The down-to-earth family carried their own bags as they headed to their waiting cars.
Their commercial flight drew comparisons to Meghan and Harry, who came under fire for taking four private jets in 11 days earlier this month despite preaching to the public about saving the planet.
Meghan and Harry will not be joining William and Kate in Balmoral, according to a royal source (Image GETTY)
The Cambridge family arrived in Aberdeen yesterday to visit the Queen at her Scottish residence (Image GETTY)
The Sussexes took the gas-guzzling mode of transport to Ibiza to celebrate Meghan’s 38th birthday before travelling to Nice for a holiday at Sir Elton John’s home.
Their decision to travel by private jet prompted accusations of hypocrisy as they have been outspoken on climate change.
A host of their celebrity friends rushed to their defence, with stylist Jessica Mulroney accusing critics of being racist.
Meanwhile, Sir Elton said he arranged the couple’s private jet to France and that he paid to carbon offset the trip.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will apparently go to see Her Majesty on her summer break next month (Image GETTY)
And actress Jameela Jamil made an extraordinary intervention as she claimed it was not safe for the public to travel with royals.
Royal author Robert Jobson told the Daily Mail: “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.
William and Kate were spotted at the airport with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis (Image GETTY)
Meghan and Harry came under fire for their private jet use despite preaching to the public about saving the planet (Image GETTY)
“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.”
When did Meghan and Harry get married (Image EXPRESS)
It comes after ongoing rumours of a rift between the brothers and their wives.
Royal commentator Phil Dampier 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.
It comes after ongoing rumours of a rift between the brothers and their wives (Image GETTY)
“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.
“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.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK