Prince William is urged by the Queen to stop flying helicopters

Prince William is urged by the Queen to stop flying helicopters with his family because she is ‘terrified’ disaster could strike

  • Queen has had ‘several conversations’ with Prince William, asking him not to fly
  • Her Majesty, 95, fearful disaster could strike and damage the line of succession
  • Unofficial rules prevent senior royals from flying together but have been relaxed
  • Prince William, Kate and their children regularly fly between London and Norfolk 

Prince William has been urged by the Queen to stop flying helicopters with his family because she is ‘terrified’ that disaster could strike. 

The 95-year-old monarch has had ‘several conversations’ with William, 39, asking him to ‘stop flying himself, particularly in bad weather’ amid fears an accident could threaten the line of succession. 

Unofficial rules usually prevent senior royals from flying together but the regulations have been relaxed since William’s children were born, allowing for the young family to spend more time together.  

William, Kate and their children George, eight, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three, split their time between Kensington Palace in London and Anmer Court in Norfolk, and regularly fly the 115miles between the two homes.  

William is second in line to the throne behind his father Charles, the Prince of Wales, while is son George is third in the order of succession.

Prince William has been urged by the Queen to stop flying helicopters with his family because she is ‘terrified’ that disaster could strike

The Queen has had ‘conversations’ with William asking him to ‘stop flying himself’

A source close to the Queen told the Sun: ‘Her Majesty has told close friends and courtiers that she would like William to stop flying himself, particularly in bad weather, as helicopters are not the safest form of transport.

‘It keeps the Queen awake at night and she is understandably very worried.

‘She knows William is a capable pilot but does not think it is worth the risk for all five of them to carry on flying together and can’t imagine what would happen. It would spark a constitutional crisis.

‘The Queen has told William she is worried that, however good he is as a pilot, bad weather and accidents can strike at any time.

‘The Queen is delighted in the way William and Kate have risen to the challenge in recent years and knows the monarchy is safe in their hands. 

‘She thinks the future is bright with them at the helm after Charles but if something happened to him and the family it doesn’t bear thinking about.’

The family have flown together, often with a pilot and crew but sometimes with William at the controls, since they asked for permission to do so after the birth of Prince George in 2013. 

The family (pictured together in 2017) have flown together, often with a pilot and crew but sometimes with William at the controls, since they asked for permission to do so after the birth of Prince George in 2013

The unofficial rules were relaxed further following the arrivals of Charlotte and Louis, allowing the family to fly together. 

At the time, a Palace official said: ‘While there is no official rule on this, and royal heirs have travelled together in the past, it is something the Queen has the final say on.’ 

Prince William is a competent pilot who has flown with the Royal Air Force, serving as search a rescue pilot at RAF Valley on Anglesey in North Wales, and the East Anglia Air Ambulance.  

The family are thought to be looking for a home in Windsor, to avoid the need for regular helicopter trips.  

Prince William is a competent pilot who has flown with the Royal Air Force, serving as search a rescue pilot at RAF Valley on Anglesey in North Wales, and the East Anglia Air Ambulance

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