Being part of the royal family means living with certain protocol, and the Duchess of Cambridge has adapted to her fair share. The UK’s Express is calling attention to a condition that makes life a bit trickier for the Cambridges — this royal rule means Kate Middleton can’t travel with Prince William and George at the same time, due to the fact that Kate and William are the future King and Queen consort.
Can you imagine planning a family vacation around that stipulation? To be fair, while it sounds like a logistical nightmare to us mere plebeians, the rule isn’t without merit. As explained by the Express, Kate and Will are parents to the royal monarchies third, fourth and fifth in line to the throne: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, respectively. Since William is second in line to the throne after his father, Prince Charles, this royal rule would theoretically safeguard the royal lineage.
“It is believed the tradition dates back to the early days of air travel, when flights weren’t deemed as safe, but the Queen has relaxed the rules in recent years. Monarchs and their heirs were not allowed to make journeys in planes together in case a tragic accident wiped out the royal lineage,” Express elaborated.
If you’re thinking that you’ve seen Will and Kate travel with their kids before, you’re not wrong. The Cambridges have broken the royal tradition in the past — but they won’t be able to pull that off forever. Once Prince George turns 12, he and William will be required to fly separately. Up until then, William will be able to continue asking for special permission from the Queen anytime he wants to travel on the same plane as his eldest son. While it’s unclear if this rule of protection pertains solely to air travel, it reportedly does cover both private air travel and commercial air travel (the latter of which Kate and Will have been known to use).
When the time comes, Will and Kate will likely shift their family travel habits to accommodate this alleged royal rule. After all, unlike sister-in-law Meghan Markle, who is often unfairly lampooned for breaking royal protocol, Kate tends to be praised for her adherence to royal tradition. This includes customs like sitting “like a royal,” dressing modestly, correctly positioning a tiara and entering a room at the proper place in a royal processional.