According to a French newspaper, on Tuesday at 1:30pm, Kate Middleton was spotted landing at the Pau-Pyrénées airport in a private jet. My thanks to the lovely Rebecca @ on Twitter for sending me the link yesterday.
I was curious if the British press would run the story but Rebecca English’s Daily Mail article indicates the press isn’t sitting on this getaway.
The initial article from the local French paper suggests that Kate was flying solo visiting relatives, although the Daily Mail article notes, “There was no mention of air ambulance pilot Prince William – although he is due to take time off this summer – or the couple’s children, although Prince George and Princess Charlotte are believed to have accompanied their mother.”
The response from DM readers is thus far pretty brutal.
And of course, there’s already some speculation as to the whereabouts of Ben Ainslie.
Last night, I stumbled across something fairly amusing when doing a Google search. This is what comes up when you type in “Ben Ainslie K”:
So it appears we’re not the only ones who have noticed.
To be fair, Sunday was Kate’s eighth official Ben Ainslie 1851 Trust engagement since becoming Patron in June of 2014 so they naturally have built a rapport since their first meeting on Day 10 of the 2012 Olympics.
Ben’s even spent time with her sister Pippa. In December 2013, she wrote an article about him for The Telegraph.
So it’s totally not weird at all that one of Kate’s hands disappears in this photo:
Or that when Kate gives Ben a medal, it looks like this:
But when William gives Ben a medal, it looks like this:
Ben obviously doesn’t feel as close to Prince William as he does to Kate which is normal, they don’t spend as much time around each other as Ben and Kate do. And even when Prince William does accompany Kate to an 1851 Trust event, he doesn’t get as much one-on-one time with Ben.
So, no, I don’t think Kate wanted some alone time to Google search pictures of Ben Ainslie with his shirt off:
Or one where he looks devastatingly handsome in a turtleneck that shows off his pecs:
Therefore it’s highly unlikely Kate needed some time away to figure out if there’s some kind of royal loophole that would allow her to keep Ben Ainslie as a house pet.
In fact, Rebecca English just Tweeted an update that Prince William, Prince George and Charlotte have accompanied Kate on this secret French getaway. It’s just not reflected in the article yet, although it probably will be soon.
See, they’re very normal. Either the French newspaper’s “numerous sources” simply didn’t see Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte or Prince William had to take a separate private jet because he’s not supposed to fly with the heir-to-the-heir-to-the-heir unless he receives special permission from the Queen and the kids are small so maybe they were somehow missed or took their own private jet with their nanny.
It is a private holiday so the only thing the taxpayers have to cover the cost of is the team of royal protection officers and any of their travel expenses and overtime. And Kate usually disappears for most of the summer, the press just doesn’t usually report on the getaways.
Which begs the question why now? Herazeus made a very astute comment on the Prince George’s Lupogate post:
“The two numpties have so alienated the press that only their status protects them ie they can’t be pushed too far down whilst HM is still alive otherwise the entire edifice crumbles and no one wants that. Yet.
The press is therefore sniping. Death by 1000cuts.”