The Queen has urged Prince William to stop flying himself and his family on board helicopters because she is terrified the possibility of disaster.
- Quinn had ‘several conversations’ with Prince William, telling him not to fly
- Her Majesty, 95, a frightening catastrophe that could strike and destroy the line of succession
- Unofficial rules prevent senior royals from traveling together but they have been relaxed
- Prince William, Kate and their children regularly travel between London and Norfolk
The Queen has urged Prince William to stop flying helicopters with his family because she is “afraid” of the possibility of disaster.
The 95-year-old had “several conversations” with William, 39, asking him to “stop flying himself, particularly in bad weather” amid fears of an accident that could threaten the succession line.
Unofficial rules usually prevent senior royals from traveling together but regulations have been relaxed since the birth of William’s children, allowing the young family to spend more time together.
William, Kate and their children George, eight, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three, They split their time between Kensington Palace in London and Tiger Court in Norfolk, and regularly fly 115 miles between the two homes.
William is second in line to the throne after his father, Charles, Prince of Wales, while his son George is third in line of succession.
The Queen has urged Prince William to stop flying helicopters with his family because she is “afraid” of the possibility of disaster
The Queen had ‘talks’ to William asking him to ‘stop flying himself’
A source close to the Queen told the Sun: Her Majesty told close friends and courtiers that she would like William to stop flying himself, especially in bad weather, because helicopters were not the safest mode of transportation.
This keeps the Queen awake at night and is understandably very anxious.
She knows William is an accomplished pilot but she doesn’t think it’s worth the risk for all five of them to keep flying together and she can’t imagine what will happen. It will lead to a constitutional crisis.
The Queen told William that she was concerned that, however good he was as a pilot, bad weather and accidents could strike at any time.
The Queen is pleased with the way William and Kate have risen to the challenge in recent years and knows the monarchy is safe in their own hands.
“She thinks the future is bright with them at the helm after Charles, but if something happens to him and his family, there’s no need to think about it.”
The family has traveled together, often with a pilot and crew but sometimes with William at the controls, since they requested permission to do so after the birth of Prince George in 2013.
The family (pictured together in 2017) has traveled together, often with a pilot and crew but sometimes with William at the controls, since they asked for permission to do so after Prince George was born in 2013
The informal rules were relaxed further after Charlotte and Louis’ arrival, allowing the family to fly together.
At the time, a palace official said, “While there is no official rule on the matter, and royal heirs have traveled together in the past, this is something the Queen has the final say in.”
Prince William is a dedicated pilot who has traveled with the Royal Air Force, having served as a rescue pilot for the RAF Valley of Anglesey in North Wales, and East Anglia Air Ambulance.
The family is believed to be looking for a home in Windsor, to avoid the need for regular helicopter flights.
Prince William is a qualified pilot who has traveled with the Royal Air Force, where he served as a rescue pilot in the RAF Valley of Anglesey in North Wales, and East Anglia Air Ambulance