Now that King Charles III is Britain’s new monarch, Prince William and Kate Middleton have more properties than they know what to do with. Like literally, they don’t even want their latest one. On top of a mansion masquerading as an apartment in London, a country home, another country home, and a “cottage” that I suspect is more like a giant house, the Prince and Princess of Wales now have themselves a castle. Time to be nosy and go inside!
Kensington Palace: Apartment 1A
This is William and Kate’s “official residence,” aka the place where they conduct all their royal business. And for a while, it’s where they lived full-time with their kids! While their home is technically an “apartment” in Kensington Palace, it’s really more of a mansion.
Apparently it has 20 rooms, four stories, a private walled garden, several “reception rooms” and “drawing rooms,” a fleet of staff bedrooms, a gym, an elevator, and a walled garden. Here’s a glimpse inside the home from when the Obamas visited:
So, why aren’t William and Kate still living at Apartment 1A full-time? Basically, they wanted their kids to have a more normal upbringing. “This is very much a decision that two parents have made to give their children the ‘most normal’ start possible,” a source told The Mirror. “KP can be a little bit of a fishbowl. They wanted to be able to give George, Charlotte, and Louis a bit more freedom than they have living in central London. It’s very much a decision that’s been led by the kids.”
Kate and William’s country home is actually a Hall (aka a giant mansion) that they were gifted by the Queen as a wedding present. Because truly, who didn’t get a Hall for their wedding? Normal gift!
Anmer Hall is actually located on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, where the royals spend their holidays. And it’s huge. The two-story Georgian home was built in the 18th century and used to be the Duke and Duchess of Kent’s country house before King Charles’s buddy Hugh van Cutsem started using it. Before Kate and Will moved in, the Hall got a £1.5 million renovation, including a brand new kitchen.. The couple spent the height of the COVID-19 pandemic there, and the front of the building is where this photo was taken:
We’ve also seen the inside of the house thanks to Will and Kate’s mid-pandemic Zooms. Here is their living room:
Adelaide Cottage is Will and Kate’s brand new home on the Windsor estate (sorry, no pics!), which they literally just moved into. The home has a lot of history, by which I mean Princess Margaret’s “lover” Group Captain Peter Townsend lived in it from 1944 to 1952 while he was equerry to King George VI.
The home is made out of furnishings from the Royal Lodge, another home on the Windsor estate where disgraced royal Prince Andrew lives (no thanks!). It also features ornamental gilded dolphins from an old yacht.
While Kate and William don’t technically live in Windsor Castle, it’s what’s in the cards. The Daily Mail reports now that Charles is King, there’s a “radical drive to overhaul the vast royal estate,” which includes “moving the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge into Windsor Castle.” However, according to The Telegraph, Will and Kate “have indicated to courtiers that they want to give their children a chance to settle into school and avoid any more upheaval for as long as possible.”
A source noted, “They won’t be starting from scratch when it comes to decisions on what happens to all of the royal properties because there have been lots of conversations about that over the years, but things can change when family dynamics are taken into account and they will want as little disruption to their children’s lives as possible right now. They are very happy right now at Windsor, and for the next decade or so, everything will be pretty much dictated by what is right for the children.”
Tam-Na-Ghar is William and Kate’s home on the Balmoral estate (no pics of this one either), which was gifted to William by his great-grandmother the Queen Mother back in 2002. According to the Express, it’s located near King Charles’s Balmoral home, Birkhall, and it has three bedrooms.
So, Highgrove is technically King Charles’s country home, but it’s owned by the Duchy of Cornwall and Prince William has officially inherited the Duke of Cornwall title from his father. Which means Highgrove is technically his, and Charles has to pay him £700,000 a year in rent, lol.
That’s it, but stay tuned for more relatable royal real estate updates!
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