Queen 'kept awake at night' and 'terrified' the line succession is in danger

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The Queen is reportedly “terrified” of Prince William using his helicopter to fly his family around, according to reports.

A source told The Sun that the Monarch has urged Prince William numerous times to put a halt to the family mode of transport between London and their home in Norfolk, for fear a disaster could happen.

Prince William and Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth is reportedly 'kept awake at night' over Prince William's preferred mode of transport with his family. Photo: Getty Images

Both Prince William and Prince George are high up in the line of succession and it’s somewhat of an unwritten rule in the royal family that heirs to the throne shouldn’t fly together, in the event of a crash.

According to the source, the Queen would "like William to stop flying himself, particularly in bad weather, as helicopters are not the safest form of transport. It keeps the Queen awake at night and she is understandably very worried.”

"She knows William is a capable pilot but does not think it is worth the risk for all five of them to carry on flying together, and can't imagine what would happen. It would spark a constitutional crisis.”

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Prince William in army gear in a helicopter
Prince William prefers to travel by helicopter with his family when they go between London and Norfolk. Photo: Getty Images

Previous reports have suggested that Prince William needs permission from the Queen anytime he wishes to travel onboard a flight with his whole family and the Monarch has the final say on the matter.

It comes as the Queen has again decided to put the health of her family first and has decided to celebrate her first Christmas since the death of her husband the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor as a "precautionary" measure amid rising coronavirus cases.

Rather than travel to Sandringham as usual, the Queen will remain at Windsor where she spent last Christmas with her husband Philip - who died in April.

A royal source said the Queen will be visited by members of the royal family over the Christmas period after taking the "personal" decision to stay at the Berkshire residence as she did with the late duke last year.

Prince William, Prince George and Kate Middleton in a helicopter
An uwritten rule in the royal family states that heirs to the throne must not fly together. Photo: Getty Images

The head of state normally hosts her large family at Sandringham in Norfolk over the holidays, and they are watched by crowds as they attend church on December 25.

But as coronavirus cases increase rapidly across the country amid the rise of the Omicron variant, the Queen plans to remain at Windsor Castle and will not be attending a public church service on Christmas Day.

The royal source added sensible precautions will be taken by those visiting.

It has not yet been confirmed where the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be spending Christmas.

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