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Kate and William not welcome in Scotland: why they created a mini diplomatic incident

They avoided the worst. A few days ago, Kate Middleton and Prince William boarded the Royal Train for the very first time. The Cambridge couple traveled the United Kingdom for three days to meet Her Majesty’s subjects and thank all those who have mobilized since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. And if their visit went off without a hitch, George’s parents, Charlotte and Louis nevertheless narrowly avoided a real diplomatic incident in Scotland. The reason ? The future monarchs did not respect the sanitary measures. Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has hinted that the couple have undertaken the trip despite restrictions on travel between England and Scotland. Since the end of November in fact, it is forbidden to travel between these two countries unless there is an excellent reason … Some voices have therefore been raised against the crowned heads, accused of benefiting from privileges.

“The Scottish Government has been advised of their intention to come, and we have made sure that the restrictions in place in Scotland are known, so that this is factored into their decision and preparations for the visit,” she said. the politician. The Scottish government said the Prime Minister had not tried to prevent Kate Middleton and Prince William from visiting Scotland, adding that she had simply referred to the guidelines in place. “Nicola Sturgeon welcomes the support shown by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the NHS of Scotland,” a spokesperson simply added. After taking a stand, the Prime Minister was heavily criticized by her conservative opponents. “Rather than thanking William and Kate for the work they are doing to boost morale in these difficult times, the Prime Minister seems to be afraid of angering Republicans in her party,” one of them said in particular. .

Boris Johnson embarrassed

And during their visit to Wales, they received the same welcome. On the BBC, the Welsh Minister of Health explained that he would prefer that “no one makes unnecessary visits” in this time of pandemic. “Their visit should not be used as an excuse for people to say that they do not understand what they are being asked to do,” added Vaughan Gething. But despite reluctance, Prince William and Kate Middleton were greeted with honors. What to delight the British government and Boris Johnson. “The Prime Minister is delighted to see the warm welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge received on their extremely important train journey through England, Scotland and Wales, a spokesperson for the Prime Minister said. , affected by the coronavirus a few weeks ago. The tour will lift the spirits of those who have been on the front lines and have done so much during the pandemic. “

Kate Middleton and Prince William © Agency

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