Prince William was under fire again after it emerged that he had landed his £10million RAF helicopter in girlfriend Kate Middleton’s back garden during an official military exercise.
Miss Middleton and her parents are said to have watched in delight as the second in line to the throne practised a series of take-offs and landings in the paddock of their sprawling detached home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, earlier this month.
Details of the two-hour stunt emerged just days after the prince was heavily criticised for using another Chinook to fly himself and his brother Harry to a stag weekend on the Isle of Wight.
The incident is understood to have taken place on April 3 during the final part of the course – codenamed Golden Kestrel – designed to allow army officer William, who one day will become head of the armed forces, to “familiarise” himself with the role of the RAF.
It has also, conveniently, afforded him the opportunity of learning to fly, something that the prince has long desired to do.
RAF sources told the News of the World that, William, 25, himself came up with the idea of taking the helicopter to Berkshire, claiming there was a shortage of landing spots at RAF Odiam in Hampshire where he was based for part of his attachment.
After the plan was approved by his instructors, the prince flew the 16 miles to Miss Middleton’s family home where he completed one circuit of the field at the back of her parents’ million-pound house and practised landing and taking off in their paddock.
He then piloted the helicopter back to Odiham for further tuition. The entire operation is estimated to have cost around £30,000.
I mean what are his superior going to do, report William to their boss ?