Prince William and Kate Middleton Took a Commercial Flight to Scotland

Meanwhile, in-laws Harry and Meghan face criticism for continuing to take private flights

Kate Middleton and Prince William Fly Commercial
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took a commercial flight to Scotland
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By Kayla Kibbe / August 23, 2019 10:38 am

Much like small children being potty-trained, celebrities receive praise and attention for doing the same boring and vaguely unpleasant things we normals do on the regular, like flying commercial. Earlier this week, Prince William and Kate Middleton attracted media attention for taking a commercial flight to Scotland with their children, forgoing the luxury of a private flight in what some have praised as an eco-conscious move. According to HuffPost, the royal family flew budget airline Flybe for their annual trip to Balmoral Castle.

Likely adding to the praise is the fact that the couple’s break with luxury comes as royals-in-law Prince Harry and Meghan Markle face controversy for taking four private flights in less than two weeks. Critics have slammed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for their extravagance, accusing the royal couple of failing to uphold the eco-conscious values they promote to the public.

Amid the controversy, however, some celebrities have come to the couple’s defense. Actress and activist Jameela Jamil defended Harry and Meghan on Twitter, slamming the British tabloids and claiming the criticism against the royal couple was racially motivated. “Dear England and English press, just say you hate her because she’s black, and him for marrying a black woman and be done with it,” Jamil wrote in a tweet linked to a Twitter moment about the private flight controversy.

While William and Kate appeared to complete their commercial flight without incident — fellow passengers were reportedly unaware they were in the company of royals until after the plane landed — Jamil also argued in Harry and Meghan’s defense that it is generally unsafe for people in power to fly commercial. “It’s not safe for us to be on the same planes as royals or presidents you absolute muppets,” she wrote. “They are prime targets for kidnap and sometimes assassination. It’s in the interest of us civilians to not be endangered by proximity to people in such powerful positions.”

Harry and Meghan aren’t the first celebrities to come under fire for flying private. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were the targets of similar criticism last year when fans slammed the couple for flying a private Boeing 747 plane meant to seat over 600. And late last month, a slew of other celebrities raised eyebrows after flocking to Google Camp to discuss climate change aboard less-than-ec0-friendly yachts and private jets.

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