As The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge prepare to move their family out of London in favour of the beautiful Windsor Estate, the couple have been on the lookout for the perfect home.It’s believed Prince William, Kate and their children George, eight, Charlotte, seven, and Louis, four, have set their sights on Adelaide Cottage, a gorgeous four-bedroom home that’s more than 200 years old.
But it took them a while to find the perfect place, with an insider saying the couple have three main demands for their new base.They were quite relaxed about what kind of house them moved in to, but their first major requirement is that it was near good schools.George and Charlotte are both currently thriving at Thomas’ Battersea, a private school in south London.
They also wanted to ensure their move, which is believed to be taking place in the summer after George and Charlotte’s school year finishes, would allow them be closer to the Queen, who is now permanently based in Windsor Castle.An insider said: “They had no other demands than a pleasant family home close to schools and the Queen.”Another source added that the Cambriges are “very keen for a modest home” and feel the downsize cottage “fits the bill”.
They said: “They were adamant they didn’t want anything too showy or anything that needed renovating or extra security so as not to be a burden on the taxpayer.”The three children will enjoy running around and playing in the gardens, which is the kind of life they enjoy so much when at Anmer Hall.”They had no other demands than a pleasant family home close to schools and the Queen.”It’s said the home has no live-in staff and William and Kate’s aides would have to commute across – though it would not need renovating or extra security.
In comparison, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s renovation of Frogmore Cottage, on the same grounds, cost the Sovereign Grant £2.4million.Frogmore was converted into one home in 2019, having previously been five separate properties for staff working on the estate. However they’ve seen paid the money back as part of their plans to become financially independent.When the Cambridges move, it’s likely that their current Kensington Palace’s Apartment 1A, would be turned into offices.
It will remain their working base.Meanwhile their country home Anmer Hall, which has 10 bedrooms, will remain their holiday home.The news comes after the Cambridges played a starring role in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. They made two balcony appearances during the four-day weekend, including the grand finale after Sunday’s People Pageant.Kensington Palace declined to comment when contacted by the Mirror.