Exhausted from doing one event in two weeks’ time, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have jetted off to France for a vacation. SO EXHAUSTING!! To be fair to them, they were somewhat busy at the start of July, doing public events all in a row, day after day. That was fun, but they were unaccustomed to the workload, which is why they got some time off to attend Wimbledon and go sailing. Those were Kate’s only events in three weeks’ time. And now they’re on vacation, but SHHHH… we’re not supposed to talk about it.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have apparently flown to France by private jet for a summer break. Kate and William arrived yesterday afternoon on the £8 million Cessna plane owned by the country’s richest man, the Duke of Westminster, who has leant it to the couple several times before.
The pair landed in the small south western airport of Pau-Pyrenees, close to the border with Spain, at 1.30pm yesterday afternoon and were swiftly transferred into two waiting blacked out Range Rovers, out of the view of photographers. Although the airport refused to comment, multiple sources told local newspaper, La Rep des Pyrenees, that the Duchess was on board and travelling to ‘visit relatives’.
There was initially no mention of air ambulance pilot Prince William or the couple’s children Prince George and Princess Charlotte although all three are believed to have accompanied Kate. The family party would have travelled with their nanny, Maria Borrallo, and a small security detail. Another group of Scotland Yard close protection officers were waiting for them at the location, having travelled out a few days earlier to ‘recce’ the holiday. The cost of the flight wouldn’t be billed to taxpayers as it is a private holiday, although the bill for providing their police protection would.
After a few minutes unloading and repacking their luggage, the UK-registered cars then headed off in the direction of north Bearn and Gers. It is not clear where they were heading but the airport is 70 miles from the coastal resort of Biarritz.
The couple regularly borrow the Duke’s jet for private trips and holidays, which seats up to eight people and would cost £12,000 a day to hire. And earlier this year William and Kate – who have been the subject of criticism this year for their lack of royal duties and being ‘workshy’ – slipped out of the country on a secret skiing holiday with pals, again on the Duke’s jet.
It always amuses me and frustrates me to see how much work Will and Kate put into going on vacation and avoiding work in general. Like, all of the effort it takes for Will and Kate to plan and execute “private” and secret holidays is astounding. The effort is takes for Will and Kate to carefully avoid doing royal work is mind-numbing. And what relatives do they have in France? The Middletons are mostly England-based, although Dodgy Uncle Gary still lives in Ibiza, doesn’t he? Hm…
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