The Cambridges have chosen to steer clear of controversy by taking a budget flight to Scotland's Aberdeen Airport. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their children, was spotted deboarding a FlyBe flight from Norwich to Aberdeen. From Aberdeen Airport, the family was whisked off to their cottage at the Balmoral Estate.
After the media frenzy surrounding the Sussexes' private jet trip to and from France, the Royals seem to have made a conscious effort to avoid controversy. Elton John claimed that he had sponsored the Sussexes' trip and had made donations to the Carbon Footprint organisation.
Other stars like Ellen Degeneres and Pink also spoke in support of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. However, critics were not appeased by the excuse put forward by the stars.
Prince William avoided being dubbed a hypocrite by opting to fly with a budget airline. The family's flight supposedly cost about £73 ($89) per person.
Amidst constant comparison between the two brothers, Prince William's budget flight might be viewed as a jab at the controversy that Harry had drummed up. However, this is not the first time that the Duke of Cambridge has been spotted deboarding a budget airline flight. As revealed by The Express, Royals take commercial airline flights when traveling for private visits. Even Queen Elizabeth II has taken British Airways flights when she used to travel frequently.
In recent years, the cost of maintaining the Royal Family has been something that people have been complaining about. By taking budget flights, Prince William is showing that when the time comes, he is not going to be a wasteful and extravagant monarch.
One passenger on the same flight confessed that they had no idea the Royal Family was on board until they noticed the Duchess' mother seated near them.
The Daily Mail captured videos and images of the Duke carrying bags in his hand while Prince George and Princess Charlotte follow him. Behind the Duke, the Duchess, carrying Prince Louis, is accompanied by the family's nanny Maria Borrallo.