William And Kate's Recent Outing Has People Seeing Red

The U.K. is on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but many people think that some members of the royal family, including Prince William and Kate Middleton, are breaking the rules. William and Kate visited Luminate on December 20. The Christmas-themed woodland walk is located at Queen Elizabeth's residence in Norfolk, which is currently under Tier Two lockdown rules. Per the BBC, this tier is considered "medium," and restrictions include not mingling indoors with people from outside your bubble and not meeting with people outside of your household in groups larger than six outdoors.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are being accused of violating the rule about gatherings of no more than six people gathering outdoors during their visit to Luminate. The couple was spotted with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis at the walk. Also present were Prince William's uncle, Prince Edward, his wife, Sophie, and their two children, Lady Louise Windsor and James Viscount Severn.

Royal sources say William and Kate had no plans to meet with another household

"They were clearly breaking COVID rules, in my opinion, because there were nine of them from two separate households," a Luminate visitor told the Daily Mail. "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."

Royal sources, however, claimed that the two households had no plans to meet up at the walk. "The two families were given separate consecutive slots to visit the trail just before it opened to the general public," they said. "They arrived and departed in their own family groups. As anyone with young children will know, there were moments on the 90-minute walk where it was difficult to keep the two family groups apart, particularly at bottlenecks on the trail."