A FURIOUS Tory MP has hit out Nicola Sturgeon who accused her of being rude to Prince William. 

The comment came after the First Minister revealed that the Scottish Government had warned the royal household in advance about the ban on travel between England and Scotland.

Despite that, the Earl and Countess of Strathearn arrived in Edinburgh on Monday morning on the first stop of their tour of the UK. 

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The trip was criticised by public health experts. 

Devi Sridhar, the US born professor and chair of global public health at the University of Edinburgh and a senior advisor to the First Minister, tweeted: “Love it here but some things I will never understand about Britain. Aren’t we all in a pandemic and living under travel restrictions?”

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Asked about the visit at the Scottish Government’s daily coronavirus briefing, Sturgeon refused to condemn the couple, but said the government had made clear to the palace that there were a number of restrictions in place.

She said: “The royal visit is a matter for the royal household and the arrangements around it, and any questions about those arrangements, should be directed to the royal household.

“The Scottish Government was advised about the intention to visit, and we made sure that the royal household were aware, as you would expect, of the restrictions in place in Scotland so that could inform both the decision and the planning of the visit.

“Any more questions on that should be directed to the royal household.”

That infuriated an unnamed Tory MP. He told MailOnline: “This man is the future King of Scotland. She has no right to try to stop him.

“It is very unsubtle and I think it will backfire on her because there are a lot of loyalist Scots who would be pretty appalled that she would behave in such a rude manner. She should know better.”

A royal source defended the trip, telling The Herald: “Travelling across the border is permitted for work purposes.

“The Duke and Duchess [of Cambridge] travelled to Scotland to carry out their work, thanking frontline workers who have done so much for the country throughout the pandemic.

“The visits were planned in consultation with the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments.”

There is an exemption in the rules that allows people to “travel for work, or provide voluntary or charitable services”,  however, this should only be “where that cannot be done from your home”.