Worth saying after my slightly ranty message this morning on my way to work - I don't think its some horrendous crime for W&K and family to travel to Anmer by helicopter but it is damaging in the sense a lot of their popularity comes from them being seen as "more normal" than others in the RF, especially Charles. To the royals travelling like this by helicopter regularly may be normal but it isn't to most people so they run the risk of it doing their popularity harm. At the end of the day they are no worse than the rest of us - choosing convenience and speed over being ecofriendly (e.g I choose to drive to work rather than get the bus as the car gives me greater options and control) - it is just that their means are greater.
I don't believe its for security reasons - W&K are regularly seen doing the school run in London's busy city traffic which would have as much predictability and threat as a drive to Anmer. Again, no biggie - they are choosing a more convenient method over a greener method of travel as we all do.
Good point about them regularly driving out and about in London! I'm definitely one who thinks it's more than a little indefensible to take helicopters for short unofficial jaunts.
Without getting too much on my soapbox, this situation (storm in a teacup though it may be) is a perfect example of why they need to abolish their "never complain; never explain" mentality. Ok, keep the "never complain"...when we're dishing about the optics of taking a helicopter from your palace apartment to your country home, any complaints about lack of privacy/future mapped out for you/etc will fall on deaf ears!! So, yeah...never complain.
But the "never explain" part has always rubbed me wrong. At worst it's arrogant and infantilizing, like they are above the need to explain things to mere commoners and how dare they even question a decision or action. Let's be honest, the concept of divine right left Britain with the Stuart dynasty, so they are in fact accountable to the citizens of their country. And sometimes accountability demands an explanation.
At best it's just misguided and a misread of the mood and desires of the country and in fact this era. I tell my students all the time that I'm not interested in their excuses but I will listen to their explanations. The people of Great Britain deserve to know, without going into nitty-gritty specifics that could compromise security, WHY a helicopter might be a better option. And if they can't explain why it's a better option, then don't do it...choose the better, more defensible option.
In and of itself this scenario of this particular helicopter flight isn't the biggest deal BUT it is just one more indication of the BRF being tone deaf and out of touch with modern realities.
At some point the combined weight of all of these "what are they thinking??" scenarios, plus the scandals, could very easily outweigh a fun new YouTube channel and cute pics of the Cambridge kids on their birthdays, and I think they ignore these very valid questions at their peril.
(Turns out I did in fact very much get on my soapbox here!)