Royal in Seat 4B! Prince William Flies Budget Airline to Scotland

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Even wearing his normally-unseen eyeglasses, Prince William was easy to spot among passengers on a flight to Scotland last week.

This wasn’t a private flight: Rather, the future king, 33, took his seat on Ryanair, a budget airline headquartered in Dublin that promotes “cheap flights” on its web site.

Traveling with a bodyguard on June 22, William was heading to Glasgow for work with the company that now employs him, Bond Air Services. It supplies helicopter pilots for the East Anglian Air Ambulance charity, and William starts his first full week of shifts, flying this brand new helicopter, the week of July 13.

In flying budget, he follows in the narrow aisles of fellow VIPs Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who paid a visit to Kensington Palace last weekend. The Hollywood couple were spotted with their extended clan taking coach seats for a flight from Paris down to Nice earlier this summer.

A royal insider notes that William, wife Kate and brother Prince Harry frequently use low-cost airlines.

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