Prince William & Kate Middleton are embroiled in a new controversy. The royal couple have put up their Range Rover for sale on Auto Trader. The luxury car was reportedly a gift from the VIP department of the car maker.
William and Kate were seen in the vehicle with their newborn son in front of the Lindo Wing of the St Mary’s Hospital in 2013. Both Prince William & Kate Middleton have been spotted driving the Range Rover, while many times there was also a chauffeur driving the car for them.
The Range Rover in question is the SE Vogue 4.4 V8 was given to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for their own personal use.
The car is now up for sale on Auto Trader for a whopping 150,000 ($196,935) million pounds, Celebrity Dirty Laundry reports. The proceeds from the sale of the Range Rover will go towards charity. The charities to benefit include Sun Screen IT, which donates IT equipment to schools in Africa, and Stand Down, the military mental health charity, according to BT.
“The Range Rover has long been considered the ultimate statement in luxury transport, and its go-anywhere ability makes it a fine royal conveyance. However, with two children and a royal reputation to uphold, Prince William may now have to consider the new Bentley Bentayga as his next family chariot – a brand that also proves very popular with his grandmother,” said Jon Quirk, editor-in-chief of Auto Trader.
The royal couple’s move to sell the vehicle is being drawing flak from many quarters. William & Kate’s move is being termed as “crass” and “tasteless.” Critics fell that they should have returned the car to Range Rover rather than selling it to some “commoner.”
Prince William already has a car collection worth over $1 million dollars and now wants to upgrade from the ‘used’ Range Rover that he only had for three years, Express UK reports.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are funded by the British public, hence it is being said that they should have used the Range Rover for another decade or so instead of selling it for an upgrade.