Prince William & Kate Middleton’s Plane Forced to Make Emergency Landing—but Kate Is Still All Smiles

Just because Prince William and Kate Middleton are royal doesn’t mean everything goes according to plan.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s plane was forced to make an emergency landing on day four of their royal tour of Pakistan. Much to our surprise, the couple handled the incident like total pros, smiling as they deplaned the Royal Air Force Voyager.

It all started earlier today when Prince William and Middleton—along with other passengers from the media—departed Lahore in the hope of traveling to Islamabad. The flight was derailed when a storm rolled in and lightning was spotted off the wing of the plane.

After trying (and failing) to land twice, first at the Pakistani Royal Air Force base and then at a commercial airport, the plane was rerouted back to Lahore. What was supposed to be a 25-minute flight turned into a two-hour journey for Prince William and Middleton. Yikes.  

Royal reporter Simon Perry, who was also on the plane, shared his experience on his personal Twitter account. “Phew. Landed! But in Lahore,” he wrote. “A terrifying electrical storm hit as we tried to land at Islamabad. Lightning seemed to be crashing around the right wing. Despite the best efforts of the pilot William and Kate’s RAF Voyager plane we couldn’t land there.”

The good news is Prince William lightened the mood by throwing in a few dad jokes. He teased that the turbulence was actually a result of him flying the plane (not true) before suggesting they hit the town until the weather subsides.

Leave it to Prince William and Middleton to remain calm in a sea of chaos.


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