Prince William may be next in line to the British throne, but he still needs the Queen’s permission to do certain tasks. Although William is married and has three children of his own, he cannot travel with any of kids without the express permission of Queen Elizabeth II, the true guardian of all minor members of the royal family.
That’s right, whenever William and Kate Middleton travel with their kids, they have to get Her Majesty’s seal of approval first. This rule was put in place to stop heirs to the crown from traveling in the same plane together. In the event of an emergency, the rule keeps the royal family lineage intact. But just because this rule is in place does not mean William and Middleton always follow it.
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According to Express, William has broken the travel rule on several occasions. William has taken his oldest son, Prince George, on flights with him without getting formal permission from the crown.
This includes the time William and Middleton flew to New Zealand and Australia with their son in 2014. In 2016, the couple went to Canada with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who is fourth in line to the British throne.
Although William and Middleton occasionally break the travel rule, they adhere to it most of the time. Earlier this month, the family took a trip to Mustique and received Queen Elizabeth’s blessing before they left.
“They had to ask the Queen for permission, but she said yes,” the press office for the royal family confirmed.
Speaking of following royal protocol, there are other instances when the royal family has broken their own rules. This includes the time when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle used their first names — instead of their official royal family names — when they exchanged vows.
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Markle has also violated the rules with her outfits on more than one occasion, though she clearly deserves a break considering she just learned the ins and out of being a royal.
Of course, more than a few members of the royal family have broken the unspoken rule of no PDA. This includes Princes Charles and Camilla (who are never afraid of showing affection in public) and Harry and Markle, who just got married in May. Fortunately, Queen Elizabeth does not seem to mind too much about bending the rules.
Prince William nor Kensington Palace have not commented on the reports about the travel rule.