The Cambridges & the Wessexes broke Covid rules, mingled at a crowded event

British prime minister Boris Johnson announced a new slate of lockdown measures for the UK over the weekend, but I don’t understand the “tier” system honestly. I feel like the differences in tiers complicates what should be a simple message of “stay home, don’t socialize, don’t leave the house unless it’s for necessities or work.” From what I’m seeing of British Twitter, there’s a lot of confusion and angst about it too, especially since the government was basically insisting just a few weeks ago that people could celebrate Christmas with people outside of their immediate bubble. Anyway, the tier rules are apparently super-confusing for the Windsors as well, no surprise, especially given that all of the Windsors cannot comprehend “mask wearing” as a necessity as public figures. There’s something called the “rule of six,” which is basically that only six people from different households can meet outdoors. The Cambridge family and the Wessex family flouted that rule.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been accused of inadvertently flouting the ‘rule of six’ after meeting Prince Edward and his family at Sandringham. William and Kate, along with their children Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, are said to have ‘mingled’ with the prince’s uncle, his wife Sophie, and their children Lady Louise Windsor, 17, and 13-year-old James Viscount Severn at a public attraction.

The two groups were visiting Luminate, a Christmas-themed woodland walk at the Queen’s Norfolk residence, along with members of the public on Sunday evening. Both arrived separately, with royal sources stressing there was no intention of meeting up as a party of nine. But as they made their way around the mile-long, one-way illuminated trail, the two families were seen and photographed mixing and chatting on several occasions, albeit sticking to social distancing.

The Queen’s Norfolk residence is covered by Tier Two rules meaning that only six people – including children – can meet up outdoors if they are not from the same household or support bubble. The regulations clearly 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 six. This limit of six includes children of any age.’ They also say that police can take action against those who meet in larger groups – a fixed penalty notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for each further offence up to £6,400.

One astonished member of the public, who snapped the families on their phone, told the Mail they had seen the families ‘mingling’ several times. One of those photographs clearly shows the party of nine, followed by bodyguards, walking in a group together. William is at at the front carrying Louis on his shoulders with George at his side, Kate is with Charlotte and Sophie, who has James following behind her, with the Earl of Wessex and his daughter Louise bringing up the rear. Another picture shows William, holding hands with George and Charlotte, walking alongside Sophie, James and Louise.

A visitor who saw the group said: ‘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.’

Last night, royal sources suggested that any contact was inadvertent. They said: ‘The two families were given separate consecutive slots to visit the trail just before it opened to the general public. 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.’

[From The Daily Mail]

“…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…” Yeah, do not go anywhere where there are “bottlenecks”…??? Jesus Christ, THIS IS NOT HARD. Especially for f–king royals! I mean, yes, this does not offend me as much as William and Kate’s completely asinine Covid Choo-Choo Tour, which honestly qualifies as a superspreader tour. But this kind of outing is completely preventable! We literally just have to stay at home for one f–king Christmas. Just one Christmas where you shouldn’t go out to crowded Christmas events – so crowded, there are “bottlenecks” – and if you do go out, WEAR A F–KING MASK. The Cambridges and Wessexes were not even wearing masks as they mingled and attended this crowded f–king event. My God, how f–king stupid are these people?

— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) December 21, 2020

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