I realize that this thread has been dormant for some time, but I have felt that the charter of the Motor Yacht Leander
was really stretching the point when Clarence House claimed that Charles will use 40 per cent less carbon dioxide than he did on an almost identical itinerary by air eight years ago. Great care has been taken to explain away the trip in carbon footprint terms because of royal fears that the use of the Leander might be interpreted as more of a holiday jaunt than an official tour.
The argument seems ridiculous to me. The queen chartered the Hebridean Princess for her 80th birthday party at her own expense, and again in 2010. The 67 year old former car ferry is a fitting for the Queen who expects luxury without extreme ostentation.
I thought that Charles sent a very bad message by chartering the Leander. He followed it up with two jet charters for £655,674 pounds (to Asia) , and £645,127 (to South America). He also took an overnight domestic charter from London to Belfast for £33,400.
Although I think that in general the royal family is well worth their cost, in these cases the Prince of Wales stepped over the line from concerns for security, efficiency, and regal appearances to ostentation.
I would like to see him set an example by leasing high end turboprops for domestic travel.
If he is chartering a ship for official travel, it should be more on the order of the Hebridean Princess, not one of the most luxurious vessels in the world.