‘Serious misstep’ Kate and William attacked as ‘problematic’ last-minute trip backfires

Kate Middleton praised by expert for 'great' Earthshot speech

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Last week, Kate, 39, and Prince William, 39, were pictured with their children, Prince George, 8, Charlotte, 6, and Louis, 3, at Heathrow Airport where it is understood they were getting ready to fly away for the school holidays. In the images taken last Saturday, Kate could be seen wearing a stunning floaty summer dress while the children donned warm weather attire, with little George in shorts and sandals and Charlotte in a summer frock.

While most of the nation is likely to believe the royal tots and their doting parents deserve a hard-earned break, one royal commentator claimed the move was a “serious misstep” on behalf of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Daniela Elser claimed the decision to “zip-off for an overseas break” was “problematic”.

She said: “The entire UK seems united in feeling they have an unassailable right to enjoy an annual beach break.

“But the timing of the Cambridges’ getaway is problematic.

“To start with, there’s the climate change issue.”

The royal expert pointed to the Duke of Cambridge’s recent Earthshot Prize initiative, which aims to reward those who have made significant “contributions to environmentalism”.

Referring to the scheme as the “Eco Oscars”, Ms Elser explained attendees were encouraged not to fly to the event.

Writing in the New Zealand Herald, she said: “It was less than two weeks ago that William unveiled his debut Earthshot Prize, dolling out the first $9.1million of the $91.5million that will be given out over the next 10 years to support real-world solutions to addressing the climate crisis.

“Such were the green credentials of the event, dubbed the ‘Eco Oscars’, that nominees and performers were encouraged not to fly in but appeared remotely.”

The expert went on to claim the “timing” of the trip was made more “awkward” due to the UK hosting the COP26 climate summit – where the Duke and Duchess are expected to be on-hand to champion Britain Plc.

She said: “Even more awkwardly, in the coming days, William and Kate are set to travel to Glasgow for the UN’s COP26 climate conference where they will be part of the unprecedented united royal front who will press the case for urgent action.

“Enjoying a jet-fuel guzzling getaway the week before the event makes for very awkward timing.”

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Issuing a final warning to Kate and William, Ms Elser said: “If they want to continue to lead the Royal Family forward and to continue to build on their hard-won gains of late then they need to play things much more carefully.”

The Queen was expected to attend the COP26 summit in Glasgow but has been ordered to rest by doctors after being rushed to hospital last week amid health fears.

Her Majesty is expected to address 120 world leaders remotely via videolink as she recuperates at home in Windsor.

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday gave an update on the Queen, saying she was “on very good form” after speaking to her as part of his regular weekly audience.

He said: “I spoke to her Majesty and she’s on very good form.

“She’s just got to follow the advice of her doctors and get some rest.

“I think that’s the important thing. I think the whole country wishes her well.”

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