So Prince William has been jollying around the country in a Chinook helicopter. Of course, he has been flying helicopters as part of his training with the RAF. I'd expect helicopter training to involve all sorts of simulated missions and combat scenarios. But amazingly, more than £50,000 of public money has been spent on trips including flying the helicopter to land owned by his girlfriend's parents, and to a cousin's stag night on the Isle of Wight. Given that the Prince only had ten days of Chinook training, these trips seem bizarre, when normal airmen and women have to undertake far more gruelling tasks.
These episodes might seem trivial, but serve to further discredit the royal family's image. Most people are currently struggling to pay their bills and mortgage, and would find it difficult to accept this sort of showing off.