The royal family maintains a travel budget that taxpayers in the United Kingdom cover, and it governs how the family flies—and Prince Philip, no stranger to heavy-handed opinions, had some choice words for the state of economy class on airplanes, though it seems like he’s never actually flown it himself.
The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip and his wife, The Queen, are some of the most well traveled monarchs in history—thanks to taxpayers, who foot the bill for their excursion transportation, be it official or otherwise. The family has traveled all around the globe, generally on commercial jets, sometimes on private jets, and in the case of The Queen, often on passenger trains.
Recently, though, Prince Philip made his feelings known about flying commercial planes in the lowest class, never one to shy away from a polarizing opinion.
“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,” Prince Philip told the Aircraft Research Association, reported by the Express.
Both Prince Philip and The Queen have begun to slow their traveling as they age, leaving it up to their kids and grandchildren to rack up what can sometimes be extravagant travel bills; Prince Charles apparently angered much of the country when he traveled to Romania, Italy, and Austria. The trip cost nearly $200,000.
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