Prince Andrew hires £5,000 private jet for 130mile trip that would have cost just £60 for train ticket

Prince Andrew hires £5,000 private jet for 130mile trip that would have cost just £60 for train ticket

Prince Andrew has been slammed after hiring an expensive private jet to fly just 130 miles.

Andrew, 54, was travelling from Windsor to Tamworth near Birmingham, a distance that would normally take 2 and half hours by car.

The royal is believed to have used public money to fund the trip, which is estimated to have cost the taxpayer £5,000.

A train ticket for the same journey would have cost just £60.

He was attending an event commemorating the death of Aethelflaed, Lady of Mercia, eldest daughter of Alfred the Great, ancient King of Wessex.

On Tuesday he left his home in Windsor to fly to Birmingham airport, where he was then whisked off by a Jaguar escort to neighbouring Tamworth.

On Saturday, Prince Andrew missed the annual Trooping the Colour because he was flying back from Hong Kong.

Andrew and other royals are entitled to use government money to cover their travel expenses.

The Sovereign Grant is an allowance given to the Queen and other members of the Royal family to support them in the official duties.

Buckingham Palace officials say the arrangements were made for security and logistical reasons.

He said Security, effective use of time, and the need to minimise disruption to others is taken into account in decisions about transport.

However, not everyone thinks the itinerary was planned out wisely.

Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty Magazine, told The Sun It’s not very green. It doesn’t look good. It is rather unwise.

 

News Source MirrorNews

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