Queen to 'summon' William and Kate for defying royal helicopter rules despite warnings
The Queen has apparently "summoned" Prince William and Kate Middleton after they "defied her orders" and rode the helicopter together, a royal expert has claimed.
The 96-year-old monarch was reportedly "uncomfortable with the Cambridges' frequent use of the royal helicopter" to travel from their country home in Anmer Hall to London since she doesn't want direct heirs to the throne traveling together. But despite repeated warnings by the Queen, the Duke and Duchess were seen boarding a helicopter with their children and now, the monarch has called on the couple to have a word about their helicopter use.
"It looks like Prince William and Catherine have defied orders from the Queen. This week they were seen boarding a helicopter in the back area of Kensington Palace as they enjoy a short holiday. This left the Queen concerned," royal expert Neil Sean told The Express. He explained that it is "royal protocol for people to travel in separate aircraft for very obvious safety reasons," and that "the Queen spoke rather firmly to William about this. But on this occasion, perhaps it slipped his mind." Sean added, "When Prince William and Catherine return back from their short break, they will be summoned to Windsor to explain the cause of their actions."
This comes just over a week after royal journalist Richard Palmer told the outlet that "the Queen felt, certainty let it be known, that she felt uncomfortable about the entire family traveling by helicopter" and that "there was a little bit of official unhappiness about the amount of time that the Cambridges were spending traveling between Anmer Hall in Norfolk and Kensington Palace, their London residence, using helicopters."
In December, an unnamed source told The Sun that the monarch was 'terrified' about the possibility of something happening to the Cambridges, especially after two incidents involving the Queen's helicopter sparked a safety investigation. The newspaper explained that it is generally expected for senior royals not to fly together due to succession fears. The rules, however, were relaxed as William and Kate's family grew.
The Queen has reportedly had "several conversations" with William about helicopter safety, despite the 40-year-old royal being a trained helicopter pilot who is known to sometimes fly his family from Kensington Palace to their Norfolk home.
"Her Majesty has told close friends and courtiers that she would like William to stop flying himself, particularly in bad weather, as helicopters are not the safest form of transport," a royal source told The Sun. "It keeps the Queen awake at night and she is understandably very worried. She knows William is a capable pilot but does not think it is worth the risk for all five of them to carry on flying together and can't imagine what would happen. It would spark a constitutional crisis." The source added, "The Queen has told William she is worried that, however good he is as a pilot, bad weather and accidents can strike at any time."