London, Apr 20 : Days after being slammed for using Chinook to fly himself and brother Harry to a stag weekend on the Isle of Wight, Prince William is again back in news, and this time too, it is for all the wrong reasons.
Wills sparked fury on the night of Aril 19 after landing his 15,000pounds-an-hour RAF helicopter in girlfriend Kate Middleton' s back garden.
"At a time when there is a lack of kit in Afghanistan and Iraq this is a total waste of money," News of the World quoted a military source, as saying.
A royal insider said: "William has been in the RAF for quite a few months and obviously wanted to show off his skills to his girlfriend.
"There's nothing more macho than landing a helicopter in your girlfriend's back yard. He clearly hasn't lost the hunger to impress Kate.
"If you've got to practise taking off and landing in a field, it might as well be one close to the prospective in-laws."
But news of the episode has sparked furious criticism, following last weekend's jaunt when Wills flew himself and Harry to cousin Peter Phillips' stag do on the Isle of Wight in another Chinook-with an RAF pilot on board to fly it back.
One military source said: "At a time when the Armed Forces are short of money and there is a lack of kit in Afghanistan and Iraq this is a total waste of money. He uses a Chinook to land in his girlfriend's garden then travels to a stag party in one. Where will it end?"
Aviation analyst and RAF-trained pilot Jon Lake slammed the flight as "ridiculous and inappropriate."