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Cambridges take economy flight to Scotland amid Sussexes’ private jet row

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William and Kate were travelling with their three children to stay in Balmoral.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George and Princess Charlotte in Warsaw in 2017

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children have taken an economy flight to Scotland in the wake of the row over the Sussexes’ use of private jets.

William and Kate, joined by Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and their nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, travelled on a £73 FlyBe flight from Norwich to Aberdeen on Thursday morning, the Mailonline said.

They were heading to Balmoral for their annual break at the Queen’s retreat in the Scottish Highlands.

Kensington Palace declined to comment.

Harry and Meghan have faced criticism for taking four private jet journeys in 11 days, despite their environmental campaigning.

On Thursday, the SussexRoyal Instagram account shared an image of cupcakes bearing the mantras “Stay strong”, “You are enough”, “You are worthy” and “You are so loved”, among others.

It was part of a post highlighting Luminary Bakery, a social enterprise in Stoke Newington, north London, which helps women from disadvantaged backgrounds who have faced traumatic experiences get their lives back on track.

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Spotlight on: Luminary Bakery Today we shine a spotlight on @LuminaryBakery and the amazing women of this inspiring and sustainable grassroots organisation. • “What they’ve created at Luminary Bakery is exceptional – it’s a space for baking, healing and rebuilding. When I visited the women earlier this year I was struck by how the baking, itself, is a means of therapy for these women – which in many ways makes complete sense – feeling they had no control over their lives based on their previous (and often harrowing) circumstances, they found comfort in the measured nature of baking. Mixing equal parts of one ingredient and another could yield the perfect dessert, but the act of doing so provided personal balance. So while the baked goods are absolutely delicious, it’s the story of how the program at Luminary reshapes lives through baking that is the actual icing on the cake.” – The Duchess of Sussex Earlier this year, The Duchess of Sussex visited the Luminary Bakery and had the opportunity to break bread with the women – literally and figuratively – whilst listening to their stories, how they’ve rebuilt their lives following these experiences, but also the significant role that Luminary Bakery has played in helping with their rebuild. The Duchess of Sussex chose to include this small bakery tucked away in East London for the September issue of @BritishVogue, which she guest edited. This bakery is making a substantial difference to the lives of women in the local area over the last five years since opening its arms to vulnerable women and providing job skills, career support, mentoring and coaching. The combination of these like minded women supporting each other, both on the staff side and from the students, is proving to be the perfect recipe in creating this amazing, positive environment. If you find yourself in East London, please stop by and support the women of Luminary Bakery and the impactful work they’re doing. Photo © @LuminaryBakery ?

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Meghan, in a quote posted alongside the image, described it as a “space for baking, healing and rebuilding” and revealed she had secretly visited the bakery.

She added: “When I visited the women earlier this year, I was struck by how the baking, itself, is a means of therapy for these women – which in many ways makes complete sense – feeling they had no control over their lives based on their previous (and often harrowing) circumstances, they found comfort in the measured nature of baking.”

The post, taken as a sign the duchess is focusing on her charity work rather than the jet row, followed a behind the scenes video which Meghan released on Wednesday of a photo shoot for a capsule clothing collection for the charity Smart Works.

Celebrities including singer Sir Elton John, pop star Pink and chat show host Ellen DeGeneres have all publicly defended Harry and the former Suits actress.

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Sir Elton revealed that he provided the duke and duchess and their baby son Archie with a private flight to Nice to “maintain a high level of much-needed protection”.

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Harry and Meghan have been criticised for using private jets (Andrew Matthews/PA)

The star condemned the “relentless and untrue assassinations on their character” and wrote on social media that he had made sure the flight was carbon-neutral by making the “appropriate contribution” to a carbon footprint fund.

Actress Jameela Jamil claimed, as she also backed Harry and Meghan, that it was not safe for the public to fly on planes with the royals, tweeting: “It’s not safe for us to be on the same planes as royals or presidents you absolute muppets.

“They are prime targets for kidnap and sometimes assassination.

“It’s in the interest of us civilians to not be endangered by proximity to people in such powerful positions.”

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A Flybe aircraft (Tim Goode/PA)

The Sussexes’ trip to Nice followed a reported holiday to Ibiza to mark the duchess’s 38th birthday earlier this month.

Pink said Meghan has been subjected to “the most public form of bullying I have seen in a while” and called on people to show “it’s cool to be kind”, while DeGeneres said the royals are “the most down-to-earth, compassionate people”.

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