Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 39, flew via Derry Airport. Their decision to fly by private jet has provoked the wrath of Harry and Meghan fans on Twitter, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have often been been criticised for travelling by the same means.
Omid Scobie, royal editor at Harper’s Bazaar, responded to a tweet from City of Derry Airport, showing William and Kate on the runway.
The airport tweeted: “What a pleasure it was to welcome The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge on their visit to the North West, we hope to see them again in the near future.”
In response, Mr Scobie wrote: “A special welcome for the Cambridges at City of Derry Airport yesterday after their private jet hit the tarmac.
“’It was a real privilege to meet with the couple,’ said Mayor Derry Strabane, who greeted William and Kate.
“‘I hope to see them return in the very near future.’”
The tweet was met with some criticism, including defences of Harry and Meghan.
There were a number of Twitter users who were questioning why the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose the method of transport as a private jet.
One user, named Mary, tweeted: “Private jet…. So they can use private jets but Harry and Meghan can’t.”
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Another Twitter appeared to claim the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are held to different standards.
Gil L tweeted: “Private Jet? I thought flying private was frowned upon…or is that ONLY in the case of Meghan and Harry?”
The Duke and Duchess had visited Ulster University and City of Derry Rugby Club during a one-day visit to Northern Ireland.
Fans were also treated to images of the pair engaging with a snake and a spider as they visited Magee campus’s Kidz Farm
Following the opening of a new school of nursing, the Duke and Duchess were able to catch up with students whom they had met during the pandemic over video calls on Zoom.