How does it feel to hitchhike with Prince Charles?
During the journey, the Prince of Wales flew on board the RAF Voyager – a UK-owned Airbus A330 used for official overseas visits by members of the royal family and government ministers. Charles most recently boarded with his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall for their four-day trip to Jordan and Egypt.
The UK owns a number of Voyager aircraft, which are commonly used for air-to-air refueling and strategic air transport. However, one aircraft in the fleet was converted in 2016 for VIP transport – and here it is.
Sometimes jokingly referred to as “The Inheritance Force One,” last year the airline received £900,000 (nearly $1.2 million) to repaint the plane from military gray to the colors of the Union flag. smart (red, white and blue).
Inside it looks pretty much like any other passenger plane. The refueling aircraft has been refueled with business class seats in the front and center sections, and regular trainer seats in the rear. Any traveling press in the back with military personnel could be on board.
In line with pandemic protocols, face coverings are currently used on board aircraft and social distancing has been considered when assigning seats to passengers. And in case you were wondering what movies are on offer, you might be surprised to learn that there aren’t any in-flight entertainment options or screens in the back of the headrest.
The most frequently asked questions we get asked when people hear we’ve been on a plane tend to revolve around food. Sadly, the answer there is pretty boring: It’s pretty much the same as commercial flights, with the option of meat, fish or vegetarian food (though perhaps a little tastier than usual).
Traveling in the royal bubble is always an enjoyable experience, although most of the time you have to wait for security escorts to enter and exit the safe areas.
For example, Voyager is headquartered at RAF Brize Norton, an air force station in Oxfordshire. For security reasons, non-military personnel cannot freely roam the base, so journalists must assemble and wait to be escorted in groups.
The highlight of any trip with members of the royal family are the unscheduled, unscheduled moments between the many skirmishes each day.
The trip to Barbados was such a short visit that there was little time to welcome Prince Charles, whose focus was on joining officials in celebrating the republic and reaffirming the close relationship between the two countries. water.
However, shortly after returning to the UK on Wednesday morning, he decided to come chat with us for a few minutes.
With little fanfare or forewarning, he strolled back out as we packed up to move to the deplane, making sure to say hello to the new members of the travel press and thank the whole group for attending. join the tour. A simple gesture and a gesture that he doesn’t need to do, but helps a lot in maintaining his relationship with the media.
Analysis: Meghan’s latest win in privacy battles.
Britain’s court of appeal has rejected the publisher’s challenge to an earlier ruling that the duchess had a reasonable expectation of privacy when writing the letter.
Shortly after the ruling was made, Meghan released a powerful statement. She called the latest result “setting a precedent” before setting out her hope that it would help change UK journalism.
But don’t expect this to be the last word on the matter. Following the ruling, ANL said it was considering an appeal to the UK Supreme Court.
Meghan’s statement in full
“This is a victory not only for me but for anyone who has ever felt the fear of standing up for what’s right. Although this victory is a precedent, what matters most is that we are now. We’re brave enough to reshape a tabloid industry that qualifies people to be evil, and profit from the lies and pain they create.
“From day one, I’ve looked at this lawsuit as an important yardstick to distinguish right from wrong. Defendants treat it like a game without rules. The more they pull, the more they can distort the facts and manipulate the public (even during an appeal), make a simple case more complicated to generate more headlines and sell more newspapers – a model that rewards chaos over the truth In the nearly three years since this began, I have patiently faced deception, intimidation, and calculated attacks.
“Today, the courts have ruled in my favor – again – asserting that The Mail on Sunday, owned by Lord Jonathan Rothermere, broke the law. The courts forced the defendant to settle process and I hope that we all start doing the same. Because it may seem far from your personal life, but it isn’t. Tomorrow it could be you. Harmful behavior. These don’t happen once in a blue moon – they are daily failures that divide us, and we all deserve better.”
WHAT IS HAPPENING?
A former aide to Prince Charles has been in touch with ‘modifiers’ about the title.
According to the PA Media news agency, an investigation into the cash-for-honor scandal at the Prince’s Foundation has found that the former closest aide to the Prince of Wales coordinated with so-called people determine the title for a donor, according to news agency PA Media. Michael Fawcett, who stepped down as CEO of the charity last month, was also involved in transferring money from a Saudi businessman’s charity to an organization of which Charles was previously a patron. , PA reported. Sue Bruce, president of Charles’ charity, called the recent turmoil a “difficult chapter” and said “lessons will be learned.” The findings are the result of an independent investigation of fundraising activities and are ordered by the fund. They are carried out by the auditing firm Ernst & Young, PA said. CNN has reached out to Fawcett for comment.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Sophie, Countess of Wessex visits the Lighthouse, where she works with volunteers making snacks and drinks for service users, and Christmas care packages for children, on the 2nd. December. Lighthouse is a hub in Woking, south-west of London, that hosts a range of creative projects to support, encourage and empower those who find themselves on the margins.
IN ROYAL RESTAURANT
Kate gets into the Christmas spirit.
Deck the halls! The Duchess of Cambridge will hold a special community celebration at Westminster Abbey next Wednesday. The festive event, supported by the Royal Foundation, was set up to celebrate all the hard work that individuals and organizations have done during the pandemic to support their communities. The service will also “bring together inspirational individuals from across the UK who have gone above and beyond to care for and protect those in need.” Prepare for carols sung by the monastery choir as well as readings and musical performances from other guests. Kensington Palace said the service would blend “traditional elements with a modern and inclusive feel to include people of all faiths and no faiths.” It will be broadcast by ITV at the end of December.