Apparently, American Airlines First Class wasn’t good enough for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for their latest trip to London. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex left Jubilee festivities early and flew on a private jet back to Santa Barbara, California yesterday, a marked difference from Harry’s previous jaunts to the UK.
Harry + Meghan Leave Jubilee Festivities Early, Fly Home To Santa Barbara On Private Jet
Prince Harry turned some heads by choosing to fly American Airlines First Class over British Airways or Virgin Atlantic when he traveled from Los Angeles to London last year to attend the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. In fact, that marked the second consecutive trip on American Airlines over a British carrier. At the time, we joked that he probably flew on American Airlines because he wanted to be left alone onboard and flight attendants at AA are happy to oblige and usually don’t even need reminding!
Ahead of the wildly-popular Jubilee Pageant, which marked the final day of the four-day bank holiday in celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, Harry and Meghan traveled from Frogmore Cottage in Windsor to Farnborough Airport (FAB), a small airport west of London which the rich and famous utilize to travel private, with their two children, Archie and Lilibet.
At approximately 2:00PM, their flight departed directly for Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), located seven miles west of downtown Santa Barbara and not far from their home in Montecito.
The Royals were reported to have traveled on a Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign, which has a list price of $6.5 million and has 12 seats onboard. Traveling at speeds of up to 592mph, the journey to California theoretically takes approximately 11 hours, the same as a commercial jetliner, though it would have had to stop for refueling. However, pictures from the Daily Mail suggest the aircraft was a Bombardier Global Express, which could make the journey nonstop.
It is not clear if Harry owns this jet or rents it, but it is not the first time they have been spotted on this particular aircraft.
I hold no grudges against the Prince for choosing to fly his family private. It certainly makes things easier when traveling with two young children. In that sense, it makes his choice all the more admirable to fly commercial when traveling alone, because he probably does not even have to (from a financial perspective…from an environmental stewardship perspective is a whole different can of worms).