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Opinion: Royal flying row is simply plane crazy

PUBLISHED: 08:30 08 September 2019

Comedian and broadcaster Steve Allen travelled to The Edinburgh Fringe by plane.

Comedian and broadcaster Steve Allen travelled to The Edinburgh Fringe by plane.

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The Edinburgh Fringe is over and I am back in England. I feel bad for what I have done. Not the show, that was fun, but I went by plane.

When I flew up at the start of August it was a normal way of travelling but since then it has become a political debate. Outrage was caused when Prince Harry and Meghan took a private jet. People tweeted, "How dare they tell people to save the planet when they're on a private jet."

Yes, it's hypocrisy but it doesn't mean the main point is wrong. My doctor tells me to lose weight, which is a bit rich coming from a man whose legs are so wide he has to manspread in his own office chair, but it doesn't mean he's wrong about me cutting back.

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The upset worked and when Prince William and Kate took a flight they were seen travelling by Flybe. I felt sorry for them. The deal was they spend their life being hounded by the press but in return they get to live like royalty. These days the royal treatment is an upgrade to priority boarding.

Before we feel too sorry for the budget prince, it has now been claimed that Flybe sent an empty plane to pick William and Kate up. It was a waste of aviation fuel but they still ended up flying economy.

I'm hoping that Harry and Meghan learn from this and take the idea a step further. Hire a private jet that says Ryanair on the side. You'll still get the private jet treatment but when people see the side of the plane they'll feel sorry for you and stop having a go at you for flying.

If you're reading this Hazza and Megs, you're welcome. Now, can I have a lift?

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