Earlier this week, royal expert Angela Levin said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would announce their plans to move to Windsor either “next week” or around Christmastime. Prince William and Kate Middleton are known to be actively planning to relocate from Kensington Palace and according to a new report, they could be handed the gift of living at Windsor Castle from the Queen – the same gift Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had apparently previously desired. But how different will it be to live in an apartment in Windsor Castle vs the 20-room apartment they currently reside in Kensington Palace in London?
William and Kate currently reside in Kensington Palace, but they are reportedly keen to move to the royal county of Berkshire with their children Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six and Prince Louis, three.
In a column for News.co.au, Daniela Elder, a royal commentator spoke about the two royal brother’s and their wives “requests to live at Windsor Castle with the Queen”.
Apparently, Her Majesty “‘firmly’ turned down the couple’s [Harry and Meghan] petition to take up residence” in Windsor “several years ago”.
“Now it turns out she is reported to be ‘discussing’ the exact same thing with William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge,” Daniela wrote.
“The Crown Estate boasts more than 230 properties, meaning that Her Majesty has incredible variety when it comes to gifting family members a grace and favour home. (Translation: Here, have a free house.)”
“William and Kate have been talking to their close friends about leaving Kensington Palace where they feel very overlooked,” a royal source recently told Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl.
They are said to have an apartment inside the 1000-room Castle following “discussions with the Queen” they are “seriously considering the move”.
Not only are there “options” at Windsor Castle, but they would be “close to the Queen” so it “makes sense to the family”.
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To add to this, Kate’s family live close by, if she were to move to Windsor Castle, she would be less than an hours drive to her parents Carole Middleton and closer to her sister Pippa Matthews and her family.
One factor affecting the Cambridge’s move is the children and their schooling.
Moving in the middle of a school term can be difficult, hence why before Christmastime means they can start a new term at a new school.
Should they move to Windsor Castle, how will the new residence compare to Kensington Palace?
The royal palace also has stunning gardens. It is just one of eight royal parks and covers an area of 265 acres.
Windsor Castle on the other hand, which has been inhabited for almost 1,000 years has been decorated to suit certain monarchs and their requirements.
Inside, it is very luxurious and regal with brightly colour bedrooms, original fireplaces and historic artwork. The dining room’s most impressive feature is its intricately carved ceiling which was completely restored after a fire ripped through part of the building in 1992.
There is also the Crimson Drawing Room, the Green Drawing Room, the White Drawing Room and St. George’s Hall.
It is likely Prince William and Kate will get to redecorate their apartment to suit their tastes should they move into the Castle.