Published On: Tue, Jan 12th, 2021

Kate and William told NOT to visit Scotland but Cambridges ignored SNP – emails released | Royal | News


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travelled to Scotland as part of their 1,250-mile tour of Great Britain last December to thank key workers for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.

But William and Kate reportedly ignored two warnings from the Scottish Government not to visit north of the border.

Emails released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal concerns by Scottish officials over the trip.

On November 12, Nicola Sturgeon’s principal private secretary John Somers told the royals: “You’ll know that we are currently asking people living in Scotland to avoid unnecessary travel from local authority to local authority and to keep journeys within the area they live to an absolute minimum.

“I think my view is that at the moment the chances of the tour having to be postponed are potentially quite high.”

And on November 19, the Scottish Government’s head of cabinet, parliament and governance James Hynd told the royals: “The Scottish Government is likely to bring forward statutory restrictions on non-essential travel both within Scotland and also into and out of Scotland.

“This is obviously likely to have a major impact on the plans you are working on I am afraid.”

However William and Kate went ahead with the visit just weeks later.

Scottish politicians fumed over the visit from the royal couple.

Edinburgh North and Leith MP Deidre Brock said it was “irresponsible to travel to eight different locations over three days”.

She added: “The Scottish Government pointed out the travel ban twice and the Welsh Government made clear it wasn’t happy.

“This ‘work trip’ wasn’t essential work, it wasn’t for any of the exemptions laid out in the rules and the guidance.

“There are plenty of exemptions from supporting vulnerable folk to animal welfare but none of them cover a 1250-mile trip round eight different sites making connections between people who would otherwise not be connected.”

Edinburgh East MP Tommy Sheppard said: “It’s quite clear that the Scottish Government did everything it could to try and dissuade the palace from making this trip.

“On the face of it their decision to ignore this advice and to engage in the public event anyway seems highly irresponsible.”

Express.co.uk has contacted Kensington Palace for comment.

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