Prince Harry and Meghan Markle flew British Airways BA346 from London Heathrow to Nice in the South of France on Sunday. Along with three bodyguards they took up the last three rows of coach “next to the toilets.”
In addition to empty seats around them, they were accommodated by boarding the aircraft first and upon arrival in Nice they were met by “heavily armed officers from the French border police.”
Harry, 33, apparently slumped down next to the window dressed in jeans, a jacket and with a baseball cap pulled over his face.
Bride-to-be Miss Markle, 36, was sitting next to him in a black beanie hat and minimal make-up.
Taking up the back of coach makes good sense, the 648 mile flight doesn’t offer more legroom in business class than in coach (except in the bulkhead row) and this gives them a semi-private portion of the cabin where no one is looking at them except when heading to the lavatory.
The flight pushed back 5 minutes early, had a slightly quicker than normal taxi out, and arrived in Nice 20 minutes ahead of schedule.
Harry’s brother Prince William is no stranger to harsh onboard conditions. Two years ago he flew Ryanair. Three years ago he flew American Airlines coach Memphis – Dallas and he flew the US Airways Shuttle in first.
Although William has been spotted in Club Europe business class rather than the back of coach, Kate Middleton flies Club Europe — and is smart enough to grab the bulkhead, too for decent legroom.
British Airways Club Europe
Beyond the royals, then-U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron flew easyJet in 2015 and was photographed eating Pringles.