Prince William and Kate have been accused of breaching UK coronavirus restrictions with a family outing, which saw them cross paths with other members of the royal family.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, to a festive light trail at the weekend.
The Luminate light trail runs for 1.5km through the Queen's Norfolk estate, Sandringham, isn’t far from William and Kate's country home, Anmer Hall.
But while they were there, the Cambridges were pictured mingling with Prince Edward, his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and their children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
A visitor who saw the group told the Daily Mail: “They were clearly breaking Covid rules, in my opinion, because there were nine of them from two separate households. They were obviously all having a fun evening out. You could tell that the royal youngsters were having a great time.
“But I couldn't help thinking that it was one rule for them and another for the rest of us. It was really quite blatant.”
Sandringham is currently covered by Tier 2 lockdown rules, which state: “You can see friends and family you do not live with (or do not have a support bubble with) outdoors, in a group of no more than 6. This limit of 6 includes children of any age.”
Royal sources told the publication that both royal parties arrived separately and had booked separate slots to walk the trail. The families had reportedly not planned on meeting up as a group of nine, and did adhere to social distancing while at the trail.
William and Kate had already come under fire for what some considered to be a 'rulebreaking' trip to Scotland sparks, during their recent three-day UK tour.
It was meant to be a morale-boosting royal tour through England, Scotland and Wales by the royals instead sparked a furore amongst Scottish politicians and residents.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon appeared to take a subtle swipe at the fact the royals had technically broken the rules, after crossing the Scottish border was made illegal at the end of November.
However, Tory MP’s slammed the ‘reminder’ by the First Minister, calling it “rude” and “petty”.
“This man is the future King of Scotland,” one MP told the MailOnline.
Earlier this month, the royal family reunited for the first time in months after lockdown for some socially distanced photos.
The Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, William, Kate, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, posed in front of the steps of Windsor Castle.
The senior royals hadn’t been seen together since March, when they attended the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
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