William and Kate accused of ‘breaking Rule of six’ on Christmas outing

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been called out for allegedly breaking the Rule of Six when they mingled with Prince Edward and his family on a night out.

Kate Middleton and Prince William were with their three children, Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, when they mingled with Prince Edward's family.

William's uncle, his wife Sophie, and their children Lady Louise Windsor, 17, and James Viscount Severn, 13, were visiting Luminate on Sunday evening.

The Christmas-themed woodland walk at the Queen's Norfolk residence is open to the public.

Both families arrived separately, and royal sources have told the Mail Online that there was no intention of meeting up as a party of nine.

The Queen's Norfolk residence is covered by Tier Two rules.

According to the government, those in Tier Two must not socialise with anyone in a group of more than six people outside, including a garden or a public space.

It also states that the limit of six includes children of any age.

Police can take action for households meeting in larger groups, the government explains, including issuing fixed penalty notices.

Those who break the coronavirus rules can be handed a notice of £200 for the first offence, which doubles for each further offence up to £6,400.

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Royal sources told the Mail Online: "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."

A member of the public snapped the families on their phone and told the paper they had seen the two groups mingling on several occasions.

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One of the photographs allegedly shows the party of nine, followed by bodyguards, walking in a group together.

William is at the front, according to the snapper, carrying Louis on his shoulders with George at his side.

Kate is with Charlotte and Sophie, who has James following behind her.

The Earl of Wessex and his daughter, Louise, are walking in the back of the group.

Another snap claims to show William, holding hands with George and Charlotte, walking alongside Sophie, James and Louise.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has said the Rule of Six means families should not stop to talk to other families if they bump into them in the street.

"The rule of six is about making sure that people are being conscientious and not putting other people's health at risk," she added when asked if a family-of-four, speaking to another family-of-four, would be breaking the rules.

A representative of the Cambridges and Wessex's have been approached for comment.

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