Prince William and Kate Middleton Were Spotted On Budget Flight Amid Sussex Private Plane Controversy

Somehow Prince William is throwing shade at his brother Prince Harry without saying a word. And all he had to do was get on an airplane.

Mere days after the controversy over Prince Harry lecturing everyone on climate change before boarding a private jet, Prince William was also spotted traveling on an entirely different sort of airplane.

Royal fans spotted Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their three children along with royal nanny Maria Teresa Borrallo dragging suitcases across the tarmac to hop aboard a FlyBe flight from Norwich to Aberdeen.

The Cambridge family
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge with their children | Mateusz Wlodarczyk/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Though it hasn’t been confirmed, it’s presumed that the Cambridge family is heading to Balmoral for their annual visit with the queen at her favorite place before the school year begins. They may have caught heat for lavish vacations in the past, but this trip is sending a clear message to royal followers and to the Duke of Duchess of Sussex: even the future king isn’t too good for commercial flights.

The royal family is known for taking commercial flights

Though it seems strange that a future monarch would squeeze his luggage into tiny overhead compartments, Prince William isn’t the first royal family member to save on travel expenses by opting for cheaper flights. In an effort to cut down on their enormous travel budget, royals are typically spotted either on British Airways or American Airlines flights.

The Cambridge family | teatimewiththecambridges via Instagram
Cambridge family | teatimewiththecambridges via Instagram

But this time they were spotted aboard a FlyBe plane, most likely making the short trip to Scotland. A passenger explained, “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 realized that Kate’s mother was sat a few rows in front of me.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were just called out for flying on a private jet

Though it’s just as likely a coincidence, it is highly interesting that Prince William and Kate Middleton chose a cheap commercial flight amidst the whole controversy with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Famous friends like Elton John have been quick to defend the pair, yet the fact remains that Prince Harry is being called a hypocrite after getting on four private planes in an 11-day span.

One royal expert had some harsh words about Prince Harry and his recent antics. As Duncan Larcombe said on Yahoo’s Royal Box, “People aren’t stupid, come on Harry. He’s got detached from where he came from. He was a people’s prince, he’s now become some hypocritical, preachy, detached slightly confused young prince and he’ll lose his popularity.”

Meanwhile, Prince William’s popularity level remains high

All of the criticism Prince Harry has been receiving is starting to take a toll on his popularity. A recent poll found that Prince William’s reputation remains about the same while the Duke of Sussex’s reputation has taken a significant dip.

Is it because one royal brother is willing to fly commercial while the other keeps hopping onto private jets? That’s probably part of the issue! Stay tuned to see if Prince Harry takes the hint and books his next flight on BA instead.