British Prince Lands Helicopter In Girlfriend’s Garden

Prince William landed a Royal Air Force helicopter in the garden of the parents of his girlfriend Kate Middleton but the Ministry of Defense defended his actions, saying he achieved essential training objectives.

The News of the World newspaper reported on Sunday the 25-year-old William, who is second in line to the throne, asked permission from his girlfriend’s parents to land at their Berkshire home due to a shortage of landing slots in Hampshire.

While aviation analyst and RAF-trained pilot Jon Lake told the News of the World the April 3 flight was “ridiculous and inappropriate”, the MOD said the two-hour training mission was fully authorized as part of William’s four-month RAF attachment.

“Battlefield helicopter crews routinely practice landing in fields and confined spaces away from their airfields as a vital part of their training for operations,” it said in a statement .

“These highly honed skills are used daily in conflict zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan.” The Ministry said helicopter bases continually sought permission from land owners to use their fields and that there were only two fields permanently available in Hampshire.

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