Prince Philip called economy class flights ‘ghastly’ in amusing airline swipe – Express - http://travelporn.info | luxury travel sitesJanuary 10, 2019 11:17 am Categorised in: Travel News
Prince Philip is never one to shy away from blunt opinions and potentially divisive comments – and his thoughts on Royal excursions are no different. The Duke of Edinburgh has accompanied his wife, The Queen, on many an official engagement. Their trips have taken them all around the globe yet now, at the age of 97, his voyages away have been very limited. Particularly so as he retired from royal duties on 2 August, 2017, before which he met members of the Royal Marines as his final engagement.
Members of the Royal family usually always fly commercial class, particularly when venturing abroad for a personal reason, or on official duties they make take a private jet.
The latter helps the monarch and her relatives build strong relationships between states.
Yet that hasn’t stopped the dad of four from making his thoughts on Economy class – usually the cheapest form of ticket on an airline – very clear indeed.
Prince Philip previously announced to the Aircraft Research Association: “If you travel as much as we do, you appreciate the improvements in aircraft design of less noise and more comfort – provided you don’t travel in something called economy class, which sounds ghastly.”
His words leave no doubt as to just what the Queen’s husband believes appropriate for the family.
Meanwhile, many of the family members have been spotted on commercial jets before, opting to fly with British Airways or even UK budget airlines.
Even Queen Elizabeth has flown with the British airline during her reign and when she travelled more extensively. Whilst this is less frequent, many may not realise the reason behind this.
According to Vogue, if the trip is for a personal reason, not a state visit, then they will often fly by commercial jet.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were spotted in December on a British Airways flight when travelling to Nice, sitting at the back of the plane.
The Royal Family have a travel budget, funded by UK taxpayers, which has a limit.
Kate Middleton also flew British Airways – with whom her mother was once a flight attendant for – on her first solo tour to The Netherlands.
Her husband Prince William joined his brother on the budget airline Flybe after attending Zara Philips wedding in Edinburgh.
If it is an official visit then they can request a private jet if it is in the interest of the country.
Yet sometimes it can invoke anger over the expense of it; Prince Charles is the most extravagent royal having racked up approximately £154,000 during a trip to Romania, Italy and Austria – costing the same as the US President’s Air Force One plane and the most expensive trip of the Royal Family last year.
This is a stark difference to his mother, Queen Elizabeth, who often travels by passenger train instead of the Royal Train when heading to Norfolk for the festive period.
The Queen, the most well-travelled monarch in British history, has begun to slow down her visits and has handed the reigns to her children and grandchildren.