You know, when you’re dating a Prince, you expect the royal treatment.
Kate Middleton got it this weekend, when Prince William landed a $16M military Chinook helicopter in her family’s lawn, sparking plenty of controversy in Britain. And last week, Wills flew brother Harry to their cousins bachelor party in a different Chinook. (The British media calls a bachelor party a “stag do,” and I’m totally going to use that in the future.)
Says a member of the British military: “At a time when the Armed Forces are short of money and there is a lack of kit in Afghanistan and Iraq this is a total waste of money. He uses a Chinook to land in his girlfriend’s garden then travels to a stag party in one. Where will it end?”
And, more importantly, what the hell is “kit”? I totally don’t speak British.
Says a different military force: “This is an absolute waste of training hours on the Chinook helicopter that the military are hard-pressed to afford. No other pilot at Prince William’s stage of training would be allowed anywhere near the left-hand seat of a Chinook. It’s like a learner driver being given the keys to a Formula One car just because his father owns the racing team.”
Eh, whatever. He’s a prince. If he wants to land a military aircraft on his girlfriend’s lawn, let him. It’s the closest thing we have these days to a knight on a white horse. I want to live my fairy tale through Kate Middleton, dammit!