Prince William is moving his family to a new home – and it will be a low-key new life, with no staff residing on the Royal Family premises.
Prince William is moving his family to a four-bed house on the Windsor Estate.
Adelaide Cottage does not need additional taxpayer funded security or expensive refurbishment.
William and Kate are hoping to move in this summer as the house doesn’t need expensive renovations, unlike the $4.19million spent by Prince Harry and Megane on nearby Frogmore Cottage.
This means their children George, eight, Charlotte, seven, and Louis, four, can start school together locally in the fall.
The sun also understands that there will be no live-in staff, with helpers traveling to Windsor.
Meanwhile, Anmer Hall in Norfolk is to be kept as a country family retreat and they will use their apartments at Kensington Palace as staff offices.
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A source said: “Kate and William were very keen on a modest home to start their new life in Windsor.
“Adelaide Cottage fits the bill as it is a four bedroom house and they don’t need more as they don’t have house staff.
“They were adamant they didn’t want anything too flashy or anything that needed refurbishment or extra security so it wouldn’t be a burden on the taxpayer.
“The added bonus is that they can send George, Charlotte and Louis to school together locally. All three children will enjoy running around and playing in the gardens, which is the kind of life they enjoy so much at Anmer Hall.
“They had no other claims than a pleasant family home close to schools and the Queen.
“They will pay rent from their private account. All they have to do is move in some of their precious furniture and possessions. The whole family is looking forward to moving in this summer and starting a new chapter in their life together in Windsor.
Queen’s mobility issues
William, 39, and Kate, 40, wanted to live closer to the Queen, 96, who struggles with mobility issues.
The Cambridges have previously spent happy weekends playing in the grounds of nearby Frogmore House with their dog Orla.
And royal experts say Her Majesty will be delighted to have them permanently.
Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty Magazine, said: ‘It’s good for his family and the Queen that they live so close. William has always been close to his grandmother and as a child at Eton he had weekly tea with the Queen.
“The Queen needs more people like William around her. She is very often alone outside of the staff and will therefore be delighted William, Kate and her three great-grandchildren will be ten minutes away.
“If she wants to go to church or needs help one morning, she has the whole family there.
“The family was very limited in what they could do during the week at Kensington Palace. In Windsor, they will have plenty of space for the children to play and walk their dog.
“They will thrive in the privacy of Windsor and be close to schools. This cottage is a big difference to Harry and Meghan who spent a fortune on Frogmore Cottage and shows that William and Kate are happy living frugal lives.
“The Frugal Life”
Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, have come under fire after spending $4.19million of taxpayers’ money on nearby Frogmore Cottage before leaving royal duty to live in California.
The couple enlisted Soho House designer Vicky Charles to make the house to their liking.
The works included underfloor heating, a copper bath, a garden barbecue and vegan painting.
They spent just six months there before handing over the keys to Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank in October 2020.
But they decided to extend your lease in April for another 12 months, giving them a foothold in Windsor. They threw a party there with friends when they returned for the Queen’s Jubilee.
In contrast, Adelaide Cottage was modernized as recently as 2015.
It is said to retain golden dolphins and rope decorations on the ceiling in the master bedroom, recycled from a 19th century royal yacht.
It has a Greco-Egyptian marble fireplace but is largely relatively unassuming and understated.
A Kensington Palace spokesperson declined to comment.
This story originally appeared on The sun and is republished here with permission.
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