The Duke of Edinburgh is reported to have spoken badly of the budget class in a speech to the Aircraft Research Association. He said: “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.” The 97-year-old has always made his feelings about things he is displeased with very clear and this occasion is no different.
However despite his strong views, it has not stopped other members of the royal family choose economy for past trips.
Prince William and Prince Harry were spotted in economy class on their way back from Zara Philips wedding in Edinburgh.
Megan and Prince Harry chose to fly economy for a trip to the south of France at new year.
And Kate has flown economy for an occasional solo trip, notably her first solo tour to The Netherlands.
But for official trips, the royal family always fly private and Prince Philip has regularly accompanied the Queen on official engagements, where they take a private jet.
However if a trip is for a personal reason, and not a state visit, the family will opt for a commercial aircraft.
The Royal Family’s travel budget is not endless and does have a limit.
In 2017, Prince Charles attracted attention when his visits to Romania, Italy and Austria racked up a bill of £154,000 – the same cost as the US President’s Air Force One plane.
However the Queen has chosen more budget alternatives when she travels, including opting for a passenger train over the Royal train.
She was spotted on a Great Northern service travelling to King’s Lynn in Norfolk from London’s King Cross ahead of the Christmas period.
Prince Philip was not seen alongside the Queen as she travelled by train.
It is understood to travelled to the Sandringham estate by car.
According to the Daily Mail, the Duke of Edinburgh spends his retirement at Wood Farm cottage on the Sandringham estate.
A source told the publication: “It is away from the public eye and it’s so peaceful and such beautiful location.
“He also spends time at Windsor Castle (the Queen’s weekend home) and goes to Buckingham Palace on the odd occasion, like for Remembrance Day.
“He very much enjoys Wood Farm, and he and the Queen still see each other at some point in the week or weekends.”