Prince Harry was seen jetting to London in first class yesterday, again choosing American Airlines over British Airways or Virgin Atlantic. One passenger on the flight claims she saw the Duke of Sussex onboard in sweats.
Prince Harry Returns To London In American Airlines First Class…In Sweats?
The Duke of Sussex raised some eyebrows in April when he flew from Los Angeles to London and back in first class to attend the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Instead of flying a British carrier, he chose to fly American Airlines for his round-trip journey.
It would appear the limited onboard service currently offered on American Airlines compared to British Airways did not push Prince Harry away, as he was again seen on AA134, a Boeing 777-300ER which left Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at 6:45pm lat night and touched down in London Heathrow (LHR) this afternoon at 12:38pm, about 30 minutes ahead of schedule.
The UK Daily Mail sent a reporter to LHR to interview other passengers onboard the flight.
One traveler named Natalie thought she saw Prince Harry in sweats sleeping in first class:
“I was sat in business and I woke up after a nap and got up to stretch my legs. I was walking up and down and I could have sworn I saw a guy in first class, in sweats, asleep.
‘It might have been him? But then, it might not have been? When do you see a Prince in sweats? I told my friend I saw someone that looked a lot like him, but she did not believe me at all. If it was him, that’s crazy. That’s the most English thing ever – sharing a flight to London with Prince Harry.”
American Airlines does offers Casper pajamas in first class on longhaul international flights.
Others onboard did not even catch a glimpse. Eric also sat in business class and never saw the Prince:
“I adore him so I’m sure I would have recognised him if he was on the flight. I’m on a trip to see family – but if I can get in a peek of Prince Harry then that wouldn’t be half bad. He could have been on my flight. I would have loved to have said ‘hello’. I think he’s fantastic.”
The Newell family, which also flew business class, did not see Harry:
“I didn’t see Harry. But then I wasn’t expecting to see him either. It was a very quiet flight. I didn’t take any notice of the people around me.”
On e passenger even looked for him but could not find him:
“I walked up and down several times and I didn’t see him. It’s LA – that’s just normal. But that’s crazy if he was there. Very cool.”
Conclusion: American Airlines did a fairly good job of keeping him incognito onboard, perhaps another reason why he chose to fly AA again.
Upon landing in Heathrow, the Duke of Sussex was escorted downstairs to a waiting car where he driven to quarantine at Frogmore Cottage, ahead of the unveiling of a statute of his mother, Princess Diana, to commemorate what would have been her 60th birthday.
Should a member of the British Royal family fly on a British airline when available? As I stated in April, despite the controversy I view the question as much ado about nothing.
So why American Airlines instead of British Airways or Virgin Atlantic? Perhaps schedule. Perhaps price. Maybe he booked a BA codeshare and was surprised when he was re-directed to American Airlines for check-in. Or maybe he just did not want to be fawned over onboard. Whatever the reason, the Twitter storm condemning the Prince for not flying a British airline is quite amusing (and pathetic).
While the strange fascination with the British Royal family and Harry and Meghan in particular has always puzzled me, people love these types of stories…hence I write them. But if it was Prince Harry wearing sweats in first class, I say, “So what?” A man has to sleep…
Does the thought of Prince Harry first class sweats bother you in the least? If so, why?
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