Report says Prince William and Kate Middleton are ready to get up and move their family from London’s Kensington Palace to Berkshire – and could end up living on the Windsor Estate
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are said to have left members of their London circle “appalled” by considering a move to Berkshire.
The royal couple are currently splitting their time between their official London residence, Kensington Palace, and their weekend at Amner Hall, Norfolk, and are said to be open to relocating because living in the suburbs makes “all the sense”.
According to Telegraphthe couple, who are parents to Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, are planning a move to Windsor and are interested in the Fort Belvedere residence.
It was built between 1750 and 1755 for Prince William Augustus and is located in Windsor Great Park.
According to MyLondonit was built in the neo-gothic architectural style and the house was affectionately called “the fort” by many members of the royal family.
The house was greatly enlarged by George IV who added an octagonal dining room, a three-storey annex and a large flagpole.
In 1929 it became the home of Prince Edward, Prince of Wales, who later became Edward VIII – and it was here that he signed his abdication papers in 1936.
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The Telegraph writes: “Their London circle are appalled – what’s wrong with Anmer Hall, their 10-bedroom weekend home in Norfolk? – and so are their Green friends, who consider this corner of Berkshire like a horribly lousy bad campaign.”
However, a source told the newspaper: “People can be very arrogant about this area in west London, but that mostly comes from ignorance.
“It’s quaint and also significantly close to town, unlike other parts of the Home Counties.”
Last year, it was reported that William and Kate were “seriously considering” moving to Windsor to be closer to the Queen and royal decision-making.
A move to Windsor would also bring them closer to Kate’s family, who are based nearby in Bucklebury.
A source told the Mail on Sunday at the time: ‘Anmer Hall made sense when William was a helicopter pilot in East Anglia and it was useful for Christmases in Sandringham, but it doesn’t really work anymore.
“It’s a bit too far for the weekends, but Windsor is a perfect fit. They’re looking at options in the area.”