The Palace must really not want anyone paying attention to the Cambridge not-so-secret French getaway because shortly after it hit the headlines, Kensington Palace announced that William and Kate will be touring Canada in the fall, giving the press something else to write about and the public something else to focus on.
The invitation for the Cambridges to return to Canada had been publicly announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who bypassed proper palace protocol. This is Justin Trudeau so he gets a pass on his lapse in judgment of putting Canada through another Cambridge tour, at least in my book (Canadian readers might feel differently):
It was a given the Cambridges were going to go, otherwise it would be seen as a slight to Canada with which the British monarchy wants to maintain a good relationship. And as Richard Palmer Tweeted on Wednesday:
No tinfoil hat is needed to see a correlation between the timing of the French getaway hitting media outlets and the Canada tour being officially announced by Kensington Palace. There are several possible reasons to employ some good old-fashioned misdirection to divert attention, some of which may require Reynold’s Wrap headgear or at least wishful thinking, like maybe there’s a planned Jeggings Intervention they don’t want getting out. A more likely reason, though, is the Palace doesn’t want the masses doing the math on this latest getaway.
Even privately funded royal holidays cost taxpayers who foot the bill for security without ever seeing the amount. Prince William and Harry’s trip to the US to attend Guy Pelly’s wedding cost UK taxpayers an estimated $84,000 according to an industry source cited in a Daily Mail article.
However, UK taxpayers aren’t the only ones covering security costs for private royal holidays, whenever the British royals travel, they arrange security logistics with local law enforcement. As one comment from the aforementioned article noted:
This screen grab from the same DM piece shows just one example of the police protection US taxpayers provided for the “privately” funded trip:
Turns out taxation with representation isn’t all that great either. We don’t get to say of course we want Harry but please keep the petulant one at home.
Sadly, the Cambridges are high risk targets. In light of the terror attacks against France and ongoing threats, local law enforcement is busy enough without the extra burden of allocating its resources to a private royal getaway. Additionally the UK government warns on its foreign travel advisory page for France:
There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.
Who booked this trip, Triple Whammy Travel? Worst Case Scenario Tours? I love France, it’s felt like a second home to me since the age of 16, I’ve spent more time there than any other country outside of the US. But other countries are pretty cool, too. Maybe the Cambridges could check one of those out. According to Prince William, Kate came up with a travel wish list when they were first married, surely there are a few on there they can’t get taxpayers to fund under the guise of a royal tour.
There’s speculation about who actually went on this French getaway and either scenario reflects poorly on the Cambridges. If Kate went alone, it undermines the argument that she can’t work more because of her children, but if the entire family went, two high risk terror target future kings are diverting security resources away from a country under the highest terror threat level and in mourning because of recent attacks.
Just to give a glance into the huge logistical nightmare Cambridge security is, I will once again quote a recent Herazeus comment:
Think about this…..when Kate goes home to Middleton Towers with George, all security resources in the surrounding villages are re-routed for their safety. All police have to be on high alert for the duration of her stay, ground (vehicles + mounted horse) and air patrol the area. All local hospitals and medical staff are also on high alert in case of emergency trouble.
Now imagine the level of security required in a France on high alert for William and George!!
Or to quantify it, the last time London was on high alert, Kate required 9 RPOs just to attend a wedding at the Dorchester Hotel in London which is a skip and a hop from BP/CH and their security arrangements.
In France, the British and the French will have to provide extra security so these numpties can holiday in safety, but why should they let a terror alert get in the way of their holiday plans?
I think Kate probably traveled to France without her husband and children so likely (and hopefully), the French only have one numpty to deal with. The French paper’s “several sources” only saw Kate, but if Prince William, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Nanny Maria were really on the private plane which seats 8 as has been suggested by the British press, that doesn’t leave a lot of room for their Royal Protection Officers. Additionally, only two SUVs met the plane according to reports which suggests one royal. I guess it’s possible everyone scootched, maybe Nanny Maria and the kids went in one while Prince William and Kate were in the other, they just tied the RPOs to the roof like Christmas trees because the luggage for a family of four, a nanny, and their RPOs would take up the remaining interior space but there’s an upcoming Canada tour so we don’t have to think about how they worked out the SUV logistics. Just know that magic exists, Muggles.
It would have to be one doozy of a spell, though. This is the convoy when Princes William and Harry were in the US for Guy Pelly’s wedding.
Thank goodness the Canada tour was announced, otherwise we might feel obligated to count the SVUs and local law enforcement vehicles in the royal convoy.
The announced Canada tour will also help with annual engagement totals for Prince William and Kate. On Thursday, Express ran a piece by Richard Palmer about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry being ahead of last year’s numbers thus far but still behind Prince Philip. Tours like the recent India/Bhutan one are an easy way for Prince William and Kate to get their numbers up without the terribly taxing pretending to care about stuff because travel to and from the tour host country and each destination within counts, as do the greetings. There’s very little substance and yet each tour racks up dozens of official engagements. So even with the benefit of one royal tour this year, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are still trailing behind Prince Philip? Seriously?
On Wednesday, Kensington Palace Tweeted that that the Cambridges have special memories from their first Canadian Tour.
I think it’s safe to say that tour holds special memories for royal watchers as well. It was at the Calgary Airport that Kate had her first full bum flash as a duchess. Call me sentimental, but I get a little misty-eyed just thinking about it. Of course, that might just be burning from the image permanently seared in my retinas. But remember how we all thought it was a rookie mistake that wouldn’t be repeated? We were so innocent and naive back then. I miss that.