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French hotel turns down The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince Harry will be travelling to Somme at the end of June for a commemorative trip, however, they may nowhere to stay.

Olivier Walti, the hotel manager of Le Hôtel Marotte, in Amiens, said that in January the French Foreign Ministry were in contact with him about booking suites for the trio.

Yet despite the nearly six-month advance booking, the five-star hotel had to turn down the Royal Family as they were already fully booked, citing it as “unethical” to kick out customers.

It has been reported that they were looking at two nights in four separate suites, which could cost up to £350-a-night. Le Hôtel Marotte is the only five-star hotel located close to the battlefields.

Speaking to a local newspaper, the Courrier Picard, Walti said: “The Foreign Ministry has contacted us in January to see if we were able to accommodate the royal family on the occasion of the Somme commemorations.

“We had to decline the offer, it is impossible, we are already booked solid.

“We would not tell people who have booked with us for months and who have already paid for their stay, sorry, but the royal family is coming, we will have to cancel. It’s just unthinkable ethically.”

Along with Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry, dignitaries and family members of those who died in the 1916 battle will all be heading to Somme, 80 miles north of Paris on June 30 and July 1.

With time drawing closer, the royals are still having a tough time finding a place to stay according to local sources.

A spokesman from Kensington Palace commented on the matter, saying: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend commemorative events in France on 30 June and 1 July. This is an important commemoration and they are honoured to be taking part on behalf of The Queen and the Government.”


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